Volume 4 Number 198 Sun. December 14, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 13 managers of 6 banks fined
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Thursday fined 13 branch managers of six private banks for providing more than their declared rates of interest on deposits.
 arrow Nation recalls their supreme sacrifice today
The nation observes the 33rd Martyred Intellectuals Day today, recalling the supreme sacrifice of the illustrious sons of the soil to free the motherland and pledging afresh to materialise their dream
 arrow 30 hurt as police club pickets
About 30 people, including women, were injured as police clubbed pro-hartal pickets in the city yesterday during the countrywide dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by left-leaning 11-party alliance.
 arrow Police to get reform shot in the arm soon
The police will get a much-needed shot in the arm in a couple of months when the government begins implementation of a project to reform the force and prop up its sagging morals.
 arrow A case for justice stalled for six yrs
Six years after the sister of a slain intellectual sought justice to the murder of her brother on December 14, 1971, the case got lost at the law ministry on the question of whether the killers should
 arrow Robbers hit back, torch houses in Naler Char
Jungle robbers raided and torched around 10 houses after looting food from them at Naler Char in Hatiya upazila yesterday in an apparent retaliation of the wave of mob lynching in the Noakhali char areas
 arrow 2 more flyovers soon to ease city traffic
The government plans to construct two more flyovers at Moghbazar and Mouchak intersections in a bid to cut down on traffic tailbacks in these two overcrowded areas.
 arrow Smiles of victory wipe out 9-month pain
It was a rough ride from Kolkata to Khulna Racecourse Maidan on December 17, 1971, recalls Japanese journalist Naoaki Usui, as the Pakistani occupation forces had destroyed most of the bridges.
 arrow Beneficiaries' number to be doubled
The government has decided to double the number of beneficiaries of its old-age allowance scheme within this fiscal year and assign the newly formed Gram Sarkar, the lowest tier of local government, to
 arrow Block 9 drilling begins today
The Tullow-Chevron-Texaco along with Bapex (Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company) formally begins drilling in Block 9 today after a delay of three months that saw repeated changes in schedule.
 arrow JS body finds flaw in Rajuk's plot allocation
A parliamentary committee yesterday found irregularities in the allocation of two plots to the Rajdhani Unnayan Kortipokkha (Rajuk) Employees Cooperatives Society in Dhaka and anomalies of the organisation,
 arrow Jamal's son wants serious probe into "abductor's" death
Abducted businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury's eldest son Forman Reza Chowdhury has demanded a 'serious investigation' into the death in police custody of Amar Das, a key accused of the abduction.
 arrow Coastguard rescues 10 boys from Dublar Char
Coastguard at Mongla has rescued 10 boys from Alorkol of Dublar Char in the Bay of Bengal where fish traders kept them confined and engaged in hard labour for about three months.
 arrow PCJSS leader shot dead
An armed gang gunned down a Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) leader at Pankhaiya in Khagrachhari yesterday.
 arrow Depression over Bay may turn into cyclone
The depression over the Bay is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and move towards northwest.
 arrow Victim's family threatens agitation
Relatives of Mahbubul Alam Rony, who died on Friday allegedly from torture at Sabujbagh Police Station custody, threatened of street agitation if the alleged killers were not brought to book by tomorrow.
 arrow Benazir lauds Vajpayee for peace move
Observing that Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf's "overt" statements for normalisation of ties with India "must be put to the test," former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto yesterday gave "credit"
 arrow KCC suspends executive engineer
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) yesterday suspended its executive engineer and served show cause notice on a chief engineer on charge of corruption, negligence of duty and inefficiency.
 arrow 3 children hurt as bomb goes off at Badda
Three street children suffered splinter injuries when a stray hand bomb went off in South Badda yesterday.
 arrow Burn victim dies in Barisal
A housewife died at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) in Barisal yesterday, 10 days after her husband allegedly set fire to her.
 arrow Poura chairman removed for corruption
Chairman of Cox's Bazar Pourasava (municipality) Nurul Absar, who was convicted of corruption in 1999 by a special tribunal, was removed yesterday after the Supreme Court had rejected his prayer for leave
 arrow EU adopts defence plan sans NATO influence
European Union leaders have agreed to set up a military planning cell independent of NATO, but their plan fell deliberately short of French and German ambitions because of Washington's deep suspicions.
 arrow Nahid's kin say he paid customs duty
Relatives of the air passenger, arrested at Moghbazar Thursday with 85 gold bars said to be worth about Tk 85 lakh, yesterday said he had paid customs duty to have the gold bars cleared by authorities.
 arrow PM returns home
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returned home yesterday after attending the three-day World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva.
 arrow Ministries asked to implement cabinet decisions as top priority
The cabinet has instructed all ministries and their subordinate divisions, departments, directorates and other bodies to give topmost priority to implementation of the decisions taken at the cabinet meetings.
 arrow Sylhet faces fresh transport agitation
The leaders of transport owners and workers associations of Sylhet will announce fresh agitation programmes for Sylhet and Chittagong divisions at a rally scheduled to be held in Chittagong tomorrow.
Businessarrow Exports grow by 10pc during July-Oct
Riding on a significant increase in the earning from ready made garment (RMG) products, the overall exports grew by 10.42 per cent fetching $2,414.96 million during July-October period of this year.
 arrow DSE to seek lifting of circuit breaker system
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) officials will request the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to withdraw present circuit breaker system when they meet SEC officials today.
 arrow DCCI goes to polls today
Breaking the tradition of nominating directors through consensus, the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) goes to polls today for the second time since its inception in 1958.
 arrow Cotton production to hit 1.2 lakh bales this fiscal
Some 120,000 bales of cotton are expected to be produced in about 65,000 hectares of land in the current financial year.
 arrow Bourses plan to evaluate companies' status
In a bid to help investors know about the current status of the listed companies, Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges will jointly take a move to evaluate the operations of all companies.
 arrow Start awareness campaign before launching CDS
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday asked the Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL) to start awareness programme before launching central depository system (CDS) for electronic settlement
 arrow Call money rate steady
The inter-bank call money rate was steady yesterday as no bank faced liquidity problems thanks to higher inflow of funds from the government, fund managers said.
 arrow Dollar steady against taka
The US dollar was steady against the Bangladesh taka yesterday but stumbled against major currencies on gaping US trade deficit in thin inter-bank trade.
 arrow Khosru for simplified customs procedures
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury asked for easing and quickening the customs procedures for all goods to help minimise production cost and make exports more competitive.
 arrow Bank holiday Dec 16
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Tuesday (December 16) on the occasion of the Victory Day, said a central bank press release.
 arrow $3b Japanese aid to SE Asia
Japan has pledged more than $3 billion in aid to Southeast Asia and promised to work with the region to bolster security ties, liberalise trade and create a broad "economic partnership'' as a two-daysummit
 arrow EU, G20 issue surprise call to resume global trade talks
The European Union and a coalition of developing nations, which clashed recently over contentious farm subsidies, issued a surprise joint statement here Friday calling for a speedy resumption of global
 arrow US consumers gloomy despite good news
US consumers turned surprisingly cautious in December despite a raft of news about an improving economy, creating doubt whether the holiday shopping season would be naughty or nice for retailers.
 arrow Asia casts more critical eye on its forex reserves
Are Asian central banks selling out of America?

Asian central banks have built up foreign exchange reserves massively in recent years -- perhaps excessively, according to the International Monetary

 arrow Singapore may adopt global anti-money laundering rules
Property agents, lawyers and accountants here will have to ensure that their clients are not involved in money laundering, if Singapore's central bank adopts updated global guidelines aimed at fighting
 arrow Brazil proposes FTA for poor countries
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva proposed Friday the creation of a free-trade area for developing countries as a counterweight to dependence on trade with rich nations.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Easy wins for Khulna, Ctg
Defending champions Khulna and Chittagong joined Dhaka at the top of Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League table with outright victories against their respective opponents at different venues across
 arrow Football: Love-lorn Reds
Despite being one of the most successful clubs in the country Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra still cannot compete with rivals Mohammedan or Abahani in terms of fan numbers.
 arrow Cricket: India in deep trouble
India had their backs to the wall against Australia in the second cricket Test here Saturday after the double blow of losing master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Saurav Ganguly.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas' record total
Jacques Kallis guided South Africa to a record score against the West Indies on Saturday, the home side being all out for 561 at tea in the first Test, played at Wanderers in Johannesburg.
 arrow Cricket: Record doesn't please Ponting
Ricky Ponting said he felt he had let his teammates down when he was finally dismissed for 242 in the second Test against India on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: England stare at defeat
Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrated his recall to Sri Lanka's team with a blistering century as England faced a tough task of saving the second cricket Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Graeme not after marks
South Africa Graeme Smith said he was not aiming to become the most prolific Test batsman of 2003, despite scoring his fifth century on the first day of the first Test against West Indies on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 1-dayers first!
The tournament committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planing to start second round matches of the Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League with the one-dayers instead of four-day games.
 arrow Cricket: BD A team open today
The Bangladesh A team will launch their Pakistan tour today at the Karachi National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Div II cricket
Chandpur Cricket Academy and Narayanganj Cricket Academy won their respective matches in the Acme-Orchy Second Division Cricket League at different venues in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Patience pays off
Wickets have been hard to come by for Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble in Australia and perseverance paid off with five wickets in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Nesta to miss Boca battle
AC Milan key defender Alessandro Nesta will be sidelined due to an injury against South American counterparts Boca Juniors for the Intercontinental Cup, his coach said Saturday.
 arrow Football: A three-way battle
The identity of the 2003 FIFA Player of the Year award will be unveiled here on Monday with three candidates in the frame for the coveted prize Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry.
 arrow Football: Sofia for Liverpool
Former champions Liverpool were handed a UEFA Cup draw against Levski Sofia here on Friday and chief executive Rick Parry looked forward to their clash with the Bulgarian club.
 arrow Football: Ferguson flays rumour mill
Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed as rubbish a report that a group of rebel Old Trafford directors are challenging his new contract claiming he is power hungry.
Politicalarrow Hasina demands int'l probe into Kuril arms haul
Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded an international probe into the arms and ammunition haul in the city's Kuril area to find out the real criminals.
 arrow Bhuiyan plays down AL threat
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday rejected the main opposition Awami League's threat of toppling the government saying that the next general election will take place on completion of
Nationalarrow A little support can give a big boost
Orange growers Abdul Jalil, Abdul Gofur and Md Suleman of Hawachhera village are happy as they can market their products without any "harassment" by law enforcers this year.
 arrow Memo to Divisional Commissioner for rehabilitation
A team of National Aborigine Council (NAC) met Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner Mian Mustaque Ahmed on Wednesday and handed over a memorandum demanding rehabilitation of the 17 aborigine families whose
 arrow 'Discrepancies can be overcome thru' understanding'
Leaders of Gaibandha district BNP held a 'courtesy meeting' with newsmen at Gaibandha Press Club on Thursday after formation of the new district committee.
 arrow Student bodies protest price hike of CU admission form
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have protested the rise in price of first year admission forms of Chittagong University to Tk 300 from Tk 250 earlier.
 arrow Inland water transport owners to go on strike from January 1
The inland water transport owners have decided to go on strike from January 1 if their demands to revitalise Mongla Port are not resolved by December 31.
 arrow Shikder also blames journalists!
Security in and outside Khulna district jail has been further tightened after the Supreme Court last week upheld notorious criminal Ersha Shikder's death sentence.
 arrow 4,000 Phensidyl bottles recovered in Satkhira
Joint forces recovered 4000 bottles of phensidyl from a truck at Patkelghata in Tala upazila Wednesday night and arrested one drug peddler.

Tipped off, joint forces seized a truck (No.

Culturearrow Moments of achievement
The shows of Shei Raater Kotha Bolte Eshechhi abroad have reaffirmed my belief which led me to make this film in the first place -- that ordinary people, regardless of their national identities
 arrow Arise 'Sir Mick'; Rolling Stone Jagger knighted
Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, once a scourge of the British establishment, received its ultimate accolade on December 12 when he was knighted by heir to the throne Prince Charles in a ceremony
 arrow ITI foreign delegates evaluate Bangladeshi drama
20-member ITI delegates from several parts of the world have arrived in the country to participate in the weeklong festival here in Dhaka.
 arrow Bonopangshul by Dhaka Theatre
Dhaka Theatre will stage Bonopangshul of Selim Al Deen at 7:00 p.m. at the Mahila Samity Mancha today. It is a neo-Ethnic play. Selim Al Deeen emerges as an anthropologist in the play.
 arrow Folk song festival of mystic poets
On the second day of the festival titled Songs of Hundred Mystic Poets 2003, a documentary Lukano Manik was screened.
Internationalarrow Halliburton must pay for overcharge: Bush
As Democrats demand further investigations of Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, President Bush says Halliburton Co. should repay the government if it overcharged for fuel in Iraq.
 arrow Bush signs Syria sanctions bill
US President George W. Bush signed legislation Friday that aims to punish Syria for alleged ties to terrorists, tacit support for insurgents in Iraq, and efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow Pak PM asks India to stop fencing LoC
Weeks after announcing a ceasefire, Pakistan's Prime Minister has asked India to stop construction of fence along the Line of Control in view of the prevailing ceasefire.
 arrow EU battles to save summit facing 'failure'
The European Union's Italian presidency battled yesterday to salvage a first-ever constitution for the expanding bloc at a Brussels summit that diplomats warned was heading for failure.
 arrow Killer whale Keiko dies
Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the "Free Willy" movies, has died in Norwegian coastal waters where he remained after millions of dollars and a decade of work failed to coax him back to the open
Editorialarrow Editorial: Martyred intellectuals
The tragedy struck when victory was in sight-- the cohorts of the Pakistani occupation army sensed the impeding defeat and decided to liquidate the men who could have rendered invaluable service to the
 arrow Editorial: IT courses from 2005
Speaking at the World Summit on Information Society Thursday, PM Khaleda Zia announced that IT is to be introduced as a mainstream subject at secondary and higher secondary levels in Bangladesh from 2005.
 arrow Impossible dreams?
Increasingly our societal attitude is becoming fatalistic as if our fate has already been predetermined and our capacity to effect changes has become finite.
 arrow Iraq: The coming big show
Baghdad will have seen nothing quite like it in its 1,200 years history.
Letters to Editorarrow Suhrawardy on the US
Lately we have seen many a letter and article catalogue the wrongs allegedly done by the United States.
 arrow Re: Shabash Bangladesh
I refer to the commendable analysis of Dr. B.C's speech by Mr. Nazmul Karim (Dec 6).
 arrow Changing colour will not solve our problem
So our police force is now changing the colour of their uniform. Is it to hide their shame or to fool us even more? I think the police should get clothes without pockets.
 arrow My friend Ahmedul Kabir
Returning to Bangladesh after an absence of five years, I have learned through your newspaper about the sad death of my friend Ahmedul Kabir with whom I had been acquainted during my 25 years stay inDhaka
 arrow Deteriorating law and order situation and the people
Improvement of the law and order situation should be the first priority of the government.
 arrow Indo-Pak relation
India and Pakistan, two perennial foes have normalised their relation. PM of India AB Vajpayee will visit Pakistan in January to join SAARC summit.
Martyred Intellectuals Day Specialarrow The slain thought-soldiers of 1971
The intellectual occupies a major space in the narrative pantheon of the 1971 war.
 arrow Reminiscing the day
In the thirty-two years since the Independence of Bangladesh, there has been for me only one 14th December. I remember that cold wintry day in 1971, as if it was yesterday.
 arrow Show us that you care
14 December, 2003. Another year, another day of remembrance, another occasion to relive the past and looking ahead at the future.
 arrow We remember
Dr. G C Dev
Professor Munier Choudhury
Dr. Jyotirmoy Guhathakurta
Santosh Chandra Bhattacharya

Star Holidayarrow Sundarbans Sonata
IT'S 11 o'clock at night, the anchor of MV Chhooti rattles noisily into the dark water. Most of the passengers are already in their bunks.
Star Healtharrow Tonsillitis, a common problem in winter
Tonsillitis refers to the inflammation of a tonsil -- the large, fleshy, oval masses of tissue that lie in the lateral wall of the oral pharynx on either side of the throat.
 arrow Eating too much may raise colon cancer risk
In determining a person's risk of colon cancer, how much they eat may be more important than what they eat, US researchers report in the American Journal of Epidemiology.


 arrow What causes the dark circles under your eyes? Is it lack of sleep?
There are a number of possibilities for dark circles under the eyes.
 arrow Clinical features of common cold
This highly infectious illness causes a mild systemic upset and prominent nasal symptoms.
Star Cityarrow Land-grabbers get active as road via Hatirjheel delayed
Red tape prevented the construction of the proposed Panthapath-Rampura Bridge Link Road from taking off on schedule in a six-month delay that gave land-grabbers a fresh chance to fill up a wetland the
 arrow Unlicensed drugstores bribe their way up
At least one in five pharmacies in the city runs its business unlicensed in a malpractice that deprives the government of revenues but helps drug officials pocket bribes from licence seekers.
 arrow Matchmakers' masterstroke
All young people according to the Greek mythology worshipped Hymen, the God of Marriage.
 arrow Most-sought-after grooms and brides
Computer engineers of the country will be delighted hearing the news. At present they top the list for most sought after grooms according to the professional matchmakers of the city.
 arrow M Phil courses at DU face serious session jam
Students of M.Phil courses at the Dhaka University are facing serious session jam.
 arrow Mercury down, prices up
The crowd is gradually increasing at places where winter-wear is sold.

The drop in the mercury level has pushed the prices of most warm clothes.

 arrow Demolition threat still hangs over Malitola Mosque
The threat of demolition still hangs over the century old Haji Mainuddin mosque at Malitola in the old part of the city despite appeals of saving it as a heritage site from the civil society and the United