Volume 4 Number 197 Sat. December 13, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Death in custody triggers violence
Police fired at least 36 shots in the air to disperse an incensed crowd that converged on Biswa Road at South Mugdapara in Dhaka yesterday to protest the morning death of a youth in the wake of alleged
 arrow Vajpayee sees win-win arrangement if Dhaka agrees to sell gas
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday suggested Bangladesh sell its promising gas reserves to India saying there is scope for win-win arrangement in this.
 arrow 'Amar's body bears marks of torture'
The death of Amar Das, accused of abduction of business magnate Jamaluddin Ahmed Chowdhury, in police custody on Wednesday night continues to raise questions over the circumstance of his death.
 arrow Internet summit calls to wire up world for development
More than 170 countries on Friday approved an ambitious call to extend the Internet and the benefits of information communications technology (ICT) to the poorest corners of the world, but dodged some
 arrow Boycott set to mar RU golden jubilee celebrations
A group of Rajshahi University (RU) teachers will keep out of its golden jubilee celebrations from December 21 in protest at what they said was gross politicisation of the institution.
 arrow Mass resignations hit Iraqi army battalion
About 300 of the 700 members in the first new Iraqi army battalion set up by the US-led coalition have resigned, a coalition official said Thursday.
 arrow Schools, colleges to have IT course from 2005: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said information technology (IT) will be introduced as a mainstream subject at secondary and higher secondary levels in Bangladesh from 2005.
 arrow Frustration in BNP as party-govt rift widens
Resentment is brewing in the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) as the gap between the party and the government is widening over non-holding of party meetings for long.
 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya outfit threatens newspapers with dire consequences
Religious bigots, repeating their demand the government declare Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim, yesterday threatened newspapers with dire consequences if they did not acknowledge their 'just cause'.
 arrow Tanguar haor free of plunderers
The authorities have finally put an end to illegal possession and plunder of the huge fish resources of Tanguar haor (water body) in Sunamganj by organised influential groups for years together.
 arrow Civic amenities fast disappearing in city
The whole gamut of civic amenities in the Dhaka city covering parks and open spaces, rivers, lakes and playgrounds is fast losing ground mainly on account of unplanned urbanisation.
 arrow Army man beaten up by Tejgaon police
An army man was reportedly manhandled at Tejgaon Police Station yesterday evening.
 arrow Another 'robber' lynched, eyes of 2 gouged out
A mob lynched one more 'robber' in remote char areas of Noakhali in the early hours of yesterday, while eyes of two fellow 'robbers' were gouged out in the following morning.
 arrow Ctg cellphone users to get landline link next year
Cellphone users in the commercial capital of Chittagong are likely to have fixed phone connectivity by the first quarter of next year as the telecoms regulator has initiated establishment of an interconnection
 arrow 11-party to enforce hartal today
The left leaning 11-party alliance enforces a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country today to press home an 11-point demand including removal of anti-liberation elements from the cabinet and arresting
 arrow Depression over Bay
The low over the southeast Bay moved slightly north-west last night and concentrated into a deep depression.
 arrow 13 KU women students punished for ragging
Khulna University has revoked the residence permit of 13 women students on charge of stripping and molesting 11 female freshers in an apparent midnight ragging in their dormitory on December 7-8.
 arrow Dispelling darkness

 arrow Globeleq takes over Haripur, Meghnaghat plants
CDC Globeleq, a new power company, has taken over two private power plants owned by US company AES at Haripur and Meghnaghat.
 arrow Berlin Wall auctioned
A mysterious buyer wearing a green cap was the new owner yesterday of one of the final remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, after outbidding his rivals at a public auction.
 arrow WFP executive director arrives today
James T Morris, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), arrives in Dhaka today on a five-day official visit.
 arrow Former minister Ahsanul Haq Mollah dead
Ahsanul Haq Mollah MP, former state minister for post and telecommunications and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment, died
 arrow Promote peace, end hostility in South Asia: Vajpayee
Calling for promotion of peace and banishing of hostility in South Asia, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday cited the increased people-to-people contact as a reflection of "intense desire for
 arrow Series of blasts pepper US HQs in Iraq
A series of explosions peppered the US headquarters in the Iraqi capital yesterday after a US soldier died in a suicide truck bombing as mass resignations almost halved the first battalion of the newIraqi
Businessarrow Remittance set to cross $3b-mark this year
Although remittance in November witnessed slight decline over the corresponding period of last year, officials hope the total earning will cross $ 3 billion-mark at the end of the year.
 arrow Starting small to grow big
The organisation is only a little more than two years old -- the chamber of business exclusively for women -- but the success in terms of membership and in the building up of the members' capacity isoverwhelming.
 arrow Regulators, bourses call for starting cross-border listing
The third annual general meeting and sixth theme conference of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) ended in Lahore, Pakistan recently with a call to start cross-border listing.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Local FX Market

Dollar became stronger throughout the week against Bangladeshi taka. Increased demand for import and profit-remittance increased the demand for US dollar.

 arrow Bangladesh team takes part in World Energy Council workshop
A three-member team from Bangladesh took part in the World Energy Council (WEC) workshop held from December 3 to 5 in Manila.
 arrow IFIC Bank chairman re-elected
Manzurul Islam has been re-elected chairman of International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) Bank Limited.
 arrow Bush urged to develop world textile plan
Democratic leaders urged US President George W Bush Thursday to develop a plan to prevent millions of textile workers in the United States and developing countries from losing their jobs to China when
 arrow Rich members to be asked to write off LDC debt
Richer members of the Group of 77 developing nations will be asked at a conference next week to forgive debt owed by the least developed countries, Morocco's UN ambassador said Thursday.
 arrow Developing nations face pressure to end trade accord hurdles
The 20 countries that halted world trade talks in Cancun in September said Thursday they would be willing to renew talks, and asked other developing nations to in join demands that rich partners lower
 arrow EU budget pact row peaks
The European Commission insisted Friday it could still take legal action against EU governments in a row over a decision to let Germany and France off the hook over their ballooning budget deficits.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Showstopper skipper
Skipper Khaled Mahmud led by example as star-studded Dhaka completed an easy innings and 63-run victory over Barisal with a day to spare in the Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Football: Mohammedan: Tension beneath the bar
Mohammedan Sporting Club is a club synonymous with success. But a year after completing a rare domestic treble the 13-time Premier League champions are set to lose their last remaining crown.
 arrow Cricket: England tail wags
Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan bagged four wickets apiece to help Sri Lanka seize the initiative in the second cricket Test against England here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting punishes India
Captain-in-waiting Ricky Ponting smashed an unbeaten 176 as Australia roasted a threadbare Indian bowling attack to take a vice-like grip on the second Test at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Upbeat Pakistan in New Zealand
Pakistan is to field a Test-strength side for the opening match of their New Zealand cricket tour, coach Javed Miandad said Friday, while New Zealand's top echelon was riddled with injuries.
 arrow Cricket: Smith starts in style
Graeme Smith marked his first home Test as South African captain by hitting a century on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.
 arrow Chess: Biman remain unbeaten
Holders Bangladesh Biman remained on top of the table in the First Division Chess League with another 4-0 win over Farashganj Sporting Club in the fifth round at the NSC chess room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kalindi High finish third
Keraniganj Kalindi High School finished third in the World Cup for School Cricket tournament beating Comilla Razzak High School by eight wickets in Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Surgery means Harbhajan's tour over
Harbhajan Singh will have surgery next week on a chronic finger injury and won't play again on India's tour of Australia, Indian team manager Shivlal Yadav said here on Friday.
 arrow Golf: Kumara lifts BAGC title
Lalit Kumara of Sri Lanka won the Partex 19th Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championship by two two strokes over local hope Siddikur Rahman at the Kurmitola Golf Club course yesterday.
 arrow Football: Real get a real draw
Real Madrid got just the club they wanted to avoid when the Champions League Last Sixteen was drawn here Friday with Bayern Munich taking on the nine-times winners.
 arrow Football: Deportivo coming again!
Most clubs shudder at the prospect of visiting Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium but, in recent years, Deportivo La Coruna have been undaunted and they are aiming again to provide some Real trouble
 arrow Football: Manchester brace for derby
It is not the kind of thing any self-respecting Manchester City fan would admit to in public.
Politicalarrow B Chy likely to float 'platform' instead of political party
Former president Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury prefers floating a 'hold-all platform' to forming a 'political party' to accommodate people of different shades of opinion and present a package formula for
 arrow Ruling alliance involved in crimes: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the BNP-led ruling alliance men for criminal activities and said some of its leaders are 'directly involved' in arms smuggling.
Metropolitanarrow 16 more children hospitalised with pneumonia
Pneumonia, a severe form of infection of the lungs, continues to attack children most of who are being hospitalised in serious condition.
 arrow IOM to rehabilitate river erosion victims
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will undertake a project for rehabilitation of the victims of river erosion in Bangladesh.
 arrow Conspiracy against USTC on: VC
A vested quarter has been conspiring to halt the activities of University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC), said Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Nurul Islam at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow RU golden jubilee celebration begins Dec 21
A three-day golden jubilee celebration of Rajshahi University (RU), the second largest university in the country, will begin on December 21.
 arrow PBCP leader held in Khulna, eyes gouged out
A regional commander of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was arrested by detective police from Jabusha village of Rupsha upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow BASA executives
Badiur Rahman, a Planning Commission member, and Mohammad Haider Ali, chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, have been elected president and secretary general of Bangladesh Administrative Service
Nationalarrow Jhalakathi journalists on the run
A tense situation is prevailing in Jhalakati town as journalists are fleeing homes amid raid and attack on their houses by ruling party men.
 arrow Bank official held on charge of pension fund defalcation
Police have arrested an employee of Sonali Bank's main branch at Gopalganj from his residence and recovered Tk three lakh, allegedly misappropriated from government employees' pension fund.
 arrow Teachers lay on streets to realise demands
Teachers and employees of private schools, colleges and madrassahs held rallies in Satkhira and Chittagong and lay on a streets for one and a half hours on Thursday to press their eight-point demand.
 arrow Five hurt as miscreants burn houses over land dispute
Miscreants burnt five houses injuring five persons including women over a land dispute at Ashoknagar village under Chitalmari thana in Bagerhat district.
 arrow Victim's family threatened as accused 'at large'
Family members of housewife Aan Karobi Adhikari Tia, whose mysterious death evoked public protests in the town, are allegedly being threatened with death by the accused for withdrawal of the case.
 arrow Teenage Indian girl's ordeal ends after over 3 months
The ordeal of an ill-fated teenage Indian girl ended on Monday following Home Ministry's nod after over three months of indecision.
 arrow Life halts for 10 minutes for a hospital
Life came to halt for ten minutes at Patkelghata, an important business centre in Tala upazila, on Thursday in demand for a hospital.

As the clock clicked 12 noon, siren blared.

 arrow Erratum
In our story headlined 'Gaibandha BNP leaders fall apart over new dist body' published on page 15 on December 10, BNP leader Kamrul Hasan Farul was wrongly quoted as " I was president of district committee
Point-Counterpointarrow Geneva accord -- an alternative peace plan
Unofficial negotiations have been going on for some time between Israel's opposition party member and former Justice Minister Jossi Beilin and Abed Rabbo, a Palestinian Legislator apparently with theunofficial
 arrow Of naturalist and mango lover
There are very few school textbooks that one finds enjoyable when one is forced to concentrate on them during the hot, listless hours of a boring school day.
 arrow The state of the world's children 2004
It has been one year since UNICEF launched the '25 by 2005 Girls' Education Campaign' to accelerate efforts to eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education.
Culturearrow Simple but stylized
Jehangir Hossain's recent exhibit at the Russian Cultural Centre brought in 30 semi-abstracts, on paper and canvas, with man and nature as subjects.
 arrow Satranji collection aids Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital
An array of satranji collection designed by Bibi Russell, a designer who has achieved international fame, was displayed at the Lobby of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon recently.
'Shampan Naiya by Uttaradhikar is an exceptional production'

Liakat Ali Lucky, General Secretary of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation

Liakat Ali Lucky, the director of Loko NatyaDal,

 arrow Ingeet by Dhaka Padatik
Dhaka Padatik will stage Ingeet at 7:00 p.m. at the Mahila Samity Mancha. Ingeet by S. M. Solaiman is a satirical play.
 arrow Priyo Shilpir Priya Gaan by Rebeka Sultana
Rebeka Sultana, a devoted singer of Nazrul songs, has earned prestige for Bangladesh by participating in concerts in many countries like Bangkok, Melbourne, Kathmandu, Banberra, Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Dubai,
 arrow Urmila is mast in Lahore
LAHORE: Jisne Lahore na wekhya oh jamiya nahin (One who has not seen Lahore is not born), so goes an old Pakistani saying. Well, Urmila Matondkar is born again.
 arrow Magonolia School of Art and Culture holds a dance workshop
The first dance workshop of Magnolia School of Art and Culture will be held from December 23 to 25 at House no. 37A, Road-114, Gulshan, Dhaka, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Iraqi protestors demand rights for prisoners
Families of Iraqis detained by the US authorities were among about 100 demonstrators in central Baghdad yesterday demanding rights for prisoners.
 arrow HR Watch condemns hundreds of 'preventable' civilian deaths in Iraq
Misguided military tactics by US-led coalition forces in Iraq resulted in hundreds of preventable civilian deaths, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.
 arrow Sharon, Qorei may meet next week
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian counterpart Ahmed Qorei were expected to meet next week, amid fears of renewed violence as seven religious Jews were wounded yesterday in a Palestinian
 arrow Extremism poses threat to Pakistan, says Musharraf
Pakistan faces no external threat, President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday, as he commissioned the country's first indigenously-built Agosta 90B submarine, in a sign of thawing tensions with India.
 arrow Japan, Asean envisage East Asian community
Japan and 10 Southeast Asian nations yesterday set themselves the ambitious goal of creating an East Asian community to enhance cooperation as Tokyo promised three billion dollars' aid for the region.
 arrow EU to create military planning cell in '04
European leaders approved yesterday plans presented by Britain, France and Germany to create an autonomous EU military planning cell early next year.
 arrow Attack on Ivory Coast TV station: 12 killed
A gunbattle overnight near the offices of national television in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan left 12 people dead, the TV station director and military officials said yesterday.
 arrow A spoonful of cinnamon helps treat diabetes
People with diabetes can help keep their bodies healthy by simply adding a dash of spice to their diet, new research reports.
 arrow French parliament backs human cloning ban
France's lower house of parliament backed draft legislation Thursday making reproductive cloning of human cells a crime against humanity punishable by 30 years in jail and a 7.
 arrow Earth's magnetic field weakens 10 pc
The strength of the Earth's magnetic field has decreased 10 percent over the past 150 years, raising the remote possibility that it may collapse and later reverse, flipping the planet's poles for thefirst
 arrow Oldest fossil marsupial found in China
A 125 million-year-old fossil found in northeast China is probably the oldest known ancestor of modern marsupials, US and Chinese researchers said on Thursday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Travel alert
It seems as though the travel alerts issued by the US and Australia for their citizens traveling to Bangladesh, and the report issued by Canada that Bangladesh may be emerging as a haven for Islamic terrorists
 arrow Editorial: Death in remand
The death in police remand of an accused in Chittagong business magnate Jamal Choudhury abduction case has raised a host of questions.
 arrow Intervention and international issues
'Intervention and state sovereignty' has been an important issue not only in recent times but also in the past.
 arrow Communal genie is out
LONG before Atal Behari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister, he would complain that there was not a single state in the country which the BJP could claim as its own.
Letters to Editorarrow US remitters' problem
After the 9/11tragedy, the US government has taken many preventing steps to ward off repetition of such heinous crimes.
 arrow Why concord failed?
I read the write-up of one Mr S M Mansoor, Gulshan who found out the reason of Concord's failure.
 arrow Can't we become a bit sympathetic
Like the other day when I got on a Farmgate bound bus, I had to experience the atrocity of some passengers who raised the right of equality intentionally to condone some standing women while waiting to
 arrow Football not the answer
I had a hearty laugh reading Mr. Azad Miah's letter "Will we catch up with the world?" that I thought was written with a lot of boyish enthusiasm.
Literaturearrow Letter from Kathmandu
Tibetan poet, writer and activist Tenzin Tsundue is the anguished voice of those Tibetan exiles who exist in a paradox: in 'reality', a country named Tibet does not exist, at least in the official
 arrow Dhaka In 1947
A.G.Stock taught in the English Department at Dhaka University from 1947 to 1951, and then later for a year after the birth of Bangladesh.
 arrow Allen Ginsberg with Peter Orlovsky in Calcutta


Forty feet long sixty feet high hotel

Covered with old grey fur buzzing flies

Eye like mango flowing orange pus

Ears Durga people vomiting in their sleep