Volume 4 Number 199 Mon. December 15, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Saddam Hussein captured
Without firing a shot, American forces Saturday captured a bearded and haggard-looking Saddam Hussein in a dirt cellar under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts
 arrow How he was caught
'Operation Red Dawn', which resulted in the capture of Saddam Hussein was sparked by a tip-off from an intelligence source at about 1050 local time on Saturday.
 arrow Nation pays homage to martyred intellectuals
The nation observed the 33rd Martyred Intellectuals Day yesterday, paying homage to those illustrious sons of the soil who were brutally killed by the Pakistani occupation army.
 arrow US ready to help govt combat terror
American Ambassador in Bangladesh Harry K Thomas has said that United States is ready to extend cooperation to Bangladesh in tightening border security and strengthening immigration and passport process
 arrow Musharraf escapes assassination attempt
A bomb exploded minutes after a motorcade carrying the Pakistani president passed a road near the capital yesterday, but no one was hurt, officials said.
 arrow Week may stretch to three months for any report
In high-profile delays typical of the Jatiya Sangsad, a parliamentary sub-committee tasked with investigating the price spiral of essentials in a week is taking at least three months and the originalcommittee
 arrow Hasina alleges Jamaat harbouring terrorist groups
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami is harbouring over a dozen fundamentalist 'terrorist' groups in the country.
 arrow Prime witness alleges threat not to disclose 'truth'
The prime witness for the inquiry into the allegations of graft against a judge yesterday alleged that she was threatened by a relative of the accused not to disclose the 'facts' before the Supreme Judicial
 arrow Saddam legacy
Following are the key dates in the life of Saddam Hussein:

April 28, 1937: Born in al-Awja village outside Tikrit, 150-km (90 miles) north of Baghdad.

 arrow World leaders hail capture
World leaders including the Iraq war's most prominent opponents welcomed Saddam Hussein's capture, saying it brought a long-awaited end to the career of a brutal dictator and could mark the beginningof
 arrow Dhaka terms capture turning point for Iraq
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan last night described the capture of Iraq's fallen dictator Saddam Hossain as a turning point in the history of Iraq.
 arrow Saddam to face justice, Bush vows
US President George W Bush, cautiously marking a major milestone in the Iraq war, said yesterday that Saddam Hussein's capture "marks the end of the road for him" but not the end of violence in Iraq.
 arrow Organisers under fire for poor show
Organisers of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) came under fire from critics for the unimpressive outcome of the summit and sloppy security arrangement.
 arrow Noakhali char people fear to land in the middle of nowhere
They survived the torments of ferocious forest gangs in the chars of Noakhali, but the villagers now fear losing the lands they have transformed into their homes when the government leases them out as
 arrow Car bomb kills 16 cops, civilian in Iraq
A car bomb yesterday ripped through a police station west of Baghdad, killing at least 17 people, in the latest attack on the force central to Washington's plans to hand over power to Iraqis.
 arrow US mulls spl tribunal for Saddam
US officials said they still haven't decided what to do with Saddam Hussein now that he's been captured, but one option is putting him before a special tribunal established just days ago.
 arrow Test tube baby born in city
A test tube baby was born to an infertile woman at a private clinic in the city yesterday.
 arrow Launch security compromised on owners' pressure
The government yesterday caved in to the pressure of launch owners and back-pedalled to the 1993 six-ansar security arrangement for ferries and large vessels from its decision to deploy 14 ansars to each.
 arrow Indian chopper hovers over Bangladesh sky
An Indian chopper yesterday crossed the international boundary and entered two kilometres of Bangladesh through Tebhata border in Satkhira.
 arrow 2 pirates killed in gunfight with cops in Bhola
At least two alleged pirates were killed and three others held following a gunfight with police in Bhola on Saturday.
 arrow S Korean president offers to quit over corruption scam
South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun said Sunday he was prepared to quit over a political slush fund scandal that has emerged as the latest threat to his already troubled career.
 arrow Shibir man killed in factional feud
A cadre of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) was gunned down by activists of a rival faction at West Damda-miya in Fatikchhari yesterday.
 arrow Tiger kills one in Sundarbans
A man-eater tiger killed a fisherman's son at Koikhali forest range in the Sundarbans under Shyamnagar upazila Wednesday.
 arrow Bomb kills US soldier in Iraq
A US soldier was killed yesterday when an explosive device he was trying to disarm blew up, the US military said in a statement.
 arrow Contraband medicines seized at ZIA
Customs officials seized contraband medicines reportedly worth about Tk 7.14 lakh from a Pakistan national at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.
 arrow Short circuit

Businessarrow Govt won't allow unrest in knitwear sector
In a bid to protect the Narayanganj-based knitwear industries ensuring uninterrupted production, the government has warned of stern action against any move to create unrest in the leading export earning
 arrow ATDP awards three women agribusiness planners
USAID-funded Agro-based Industries and Technology Development Project (ATDP) has awarded three women entrepreneurs for their outstanding agribusiness plans.
 arrow Banks care little for rural entrepreneurs
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has identified little or no access to finance as the principal hindrance to growth of both farm and non-farm activities, as banks neglect their task in the rural areas.
 arrow Formulate rules for speedy punishment to errant cos
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to formulate rules for speedy punishment to errant companies.
 arrow Saifur asks railway to properly utilise funds
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said if allocated money is spent properly there will be no dearth of fund for the development of railways.
 arrow DCCI polls held
Amid enthusiasm the election of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) was held yesterday.

Unofficial sources said 65.41 per cent votes were cast.

 arrow Shares continue to dip on DSE, CSE
Trading volume and share prices continued to fall yesterday in both Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges.
 arrow Oxfam sees uncertainty in re-launching WTO talks
The Geneva trade talks may almost certainly remain on hold due to continuing disagreement of big players to deal with key issues of substance, said Oxfam in a statement.
 arrow US envoy happy with EPZs
American Ambassador Harry K Thomas expressed his profound satisfaction at the activities in the Export Processing Zones of Bangladesh.
 arrow Management deal renewal for Dhaka Sheraton signed
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc and Bangladesh Services Limited, owner of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, on Wednesday renewed the management contract to operate the hotel under Sheraton brand for the
 arrow Islami Bank chairman re-elected
Shah Abdul Hannan has been re-elected chairman of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited.

The election was held in the 1st meeting of the newly constituted Board of Directors of the bank, says a press release.

 arrow WTO members set to focus on reviving trade talks
The World Trade Organisation's 146 member states due to meet in Geneva on Monday will not relaunch global trade talks as hoped, but seem confident of real progress in the new year.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ctg's 'double' delight
Chittagong become the only team to emerge victorious in both forms of the Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League when they defeated Rajshahi by two wickets yesterday.
 arrow Football: Time to forget the blues
For the last two years Abahani Krira Chakra have missed the sweet taste of success.
 arrow Cricket: Hossain stars for A team
Opener Shahriar Hossain gave a vintage performance as the Bangladesh A team began their Pakistan tour with a 35-run win over Defense Housing Authority (DHA) in the limited-over match of the Inter Department
 arrow Chess: Biman fly high
Bangladesh Biman maintained their solo lead in the First Division Chess League with 23.5 points at the end of the sixth round at the National Sports council conference room yesterday.
 arrow Naimuddin to come later
Former Indian national football coach Naimuddin finally arrived in the capital on Saturday to meet Brothers Union officials and assure them that he would take over the star-studded team a few days later.
 arrow Cricket: That Indian duo at it again
Rahul Dravid lived up to his monicker 'The Wall' with a defiant innings to bat India back into the second cricket Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan ensures draw
A marathon hundred by captain Michael Vaughan helped England salvage a draw in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara slips prove costly
West Indian captain Brian Lara took advantage of two dropped catches as he hit his first Test century against South Africa on the third day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming named captain
New Zealand cricket coach John Bracewell stayed with the established order in naming the squad for the first Test against Pakistan, including injured captain Stephen Fleming who remains under an injury
 arrow Cricket: Warne back in the nets
Shane Warne bowled an early morning stint in the Adelaide Oval nets here on Sunday as preparations for his return to cricket next February gained pace.
 arrow Football: Boca best of continents
Two fine saves by Roberto Carlos Abbondanzieri inspired Boca Juniors to defeat AC Milan 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out Sunday for their third win in the Intercontinental Cup.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho inspires Barca
Spanish giants Barcelona, buoyed by the return of Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho from injury, won their first game in five outings, beating local rivals Espanyol 3-1 in incident-filled derby on Saturday.
 arrow Football: United take advantage
Manchester United returned to the top of the Premiership on Saturday after London rivals Chelsea slipped up badly by losing to a last-minute goal against Bolton.
 arrow Football: Bayern owe Makaay one
Bayern Munich were again indebted to record signing Roy Makaay as they ended the unbeaten record of VfB Stuttgart with a 1-0 win at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Defensive Houllier
Gerard Houllier was forced to admit he could understand why his side had been booed off the pitch after a 2-1 defeat by Southampton that was Liverpool's fourth home loss of the season.
 arrow Football: Matthaeus resigns
Lothar Matthaeus has resigned as Partizan Belgrade coach for personal reasons, television station RTS reported on Saturday quoting a club statement.
Metropolitanarrow 'Seeing in the dark' opens today
A unique exhibition titled 'Seeing in the dark' will be inaugurated in the city today to give people the opportunity to experience life as a person with disability, says a press release.
 arrow 4 Faridpur JCD leaders removed
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of ruling BNP, has relieved four leaders of its Faridpur district unit of their posts for their involvement in anti-organisational activities, says a press
 arrow Protest against anti-Bangladesh campaign in India
The Hindu Religious Welfare Trust yesterday strongly condemned the anti-Bangladesh demonstration by India's ruling BJP activists in front of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission office in Kolkata on Saturday.
Nationalarrow Main suspect Matin Chowdhury declines involvement in killing
Jatiya Party leader Abdul Matin Chowdhury, the main suspect in the murder of leading aviation businessman Mokhlisur Rahman has declined his involvement in the killing incident.
 arrow Jibon Tori's silent service to distressed humanity
Floating hospital 'Jibon Tori,' a project of Impact Foundation of Bangldesh is serving the distressed humanity silently since October 14.
 arrow Jhalakati journalists still on the run
The journalists of Jhalakati are still on the run. The accused journalists went to Dhaka on Friday to appear before the High Court with prayers for interim bail.
 arrow Wangala to celebrate Nabanno
NETRAKONA: Thirty thousand aborigine Garos celebrated their three-day 'Nabanno'(harvest) festival named 'Wangala' at Peergachha High School ground in Modhupur, Tangail.
 arrow Orientation programme for journalists
A two-day orientation programme for journalists on family planning, re-productive health and gender issue concluded here on December 8.
 arrow Workshop on prevention of cancer
A daylong training workshop on 'Orientation of Opinion Leaders for Prevention and Control of Cancer' was held in the Civil Surgeon's office here on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow American foreign policy must reflect American values
Last week, after the first day of a two-day blizzard, I was shoveling snow.
 arrow Best practices
UNICEF and its partners are working towards achieving gender parity in education and universal primary education.
 arrow Prof Munier Choudhury
This 14th December 2003 was the 32nd Anniversary of my illustrious brother's kidnapping.
 arrow Dr Md Fazle Rabbee
Dr Md Fazle Rabbee, an internationally renowned cardiologist, was martyred in the infamous intellectual Killing in the 1971 War of Liberation.
 arrow Profile of a martyr
Eulogy of a flower is less than what it denotes, while unspoken truths imply greatness and delimits its expanse, penning the truths with sincerest efforts cannot but limit it.
Culturearrow Restless colours within confining contours
Abdul Muqtadir, who had his solo exhibit at "Chitrak" recently, said, "In my work I have brought in my surrounding, relationships and means of communications which are parts of the visible world.
 arrow Iran-Bangladesh children friendship week
An exhibition for children to celebrate the Iran-Bangladesh Children Friendship Week was inauguratedon on December 13, at the Shishu Academy.
 arrow Madhovi,a classical play
Theatre staged their new production Madhovi at the Mahila Samity Mancha recently as a part of the drama festival arranged by ITI of Bangladesh.
 arrow Nagorik Natya Sampradaya presents Raktokarobi
Nagorik Natya Sampradaya will stage Raktokarobi by Rabindranah Tagore at the Mahila Samity Mancha at 7:00 p.m.
 arrow Mahadi Masud's ceramics on display
Mahadi Masud's ceramic creations are out on display at the Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Arts, till today.. Masud has experimented with the medium of ceramic and has come up with these petite formations.
Generalarrow IIUC 2nd convocation on Dec 17 in Dhaka
The second convocation of International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) will be held in Dhaka on December 17.
 arrow Vow to materialise ideals of martyred intellectuals
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday renewed their pledges to work for materialising the ideals of the martyred intellectuals for what
 arrow Dream comes true for Aupee fans
Lux, the glamorous brand of Lever Brothers Bangladesh Limited, hosted a Star dinner at a posh city restaurant on December 10 to give ten lucky Aupee Karim fans a rare opportunity to meet the star of their
Internationalarrow Saddam's road to power
Saddam Hussein's road to absolute power began in his home town, Tikrit, in central Iraq where he was born in 1937.
 arrow Arabs show mixed reaction
Arabs greeted the capture of Saddam Hussein with divided emotions Sunday, welcoming the arrest of a dictator yet tinged with regret that a symbol of Arab defiance against the United States was behindbars.
 arrow No end to fight in sight
In a major coup for US President Bush and his beleaguered Iraq campaign, White House officials said yesterday Saddam Hussein's capture should help lift the "blanket of fear" over the country but probably
 arrow 'We got him... '
The following is the full statement made by the US civil administrat`or in Iraq, Paul Bremer, on Sunday on the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.

 arrow Is Laden next after Saddam?
Afghanistan welcomed news of Saddam Hussein's capture yesterday, but said it was too early to say if it might lead to stepped up efforts to find elusive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
 arrow 'Saddam used to phone wife, son once a week'
Saddam Hussein's second wife, who lives with the ousted Iraqi leader's only surviving son under an assumed name in Lebanon, said her husband calls or writes to them at least once a week, a London newspaper
 arrow US reviewing pay package for Iraqi army
The US-led coalition in Iraq was reviewing the pay scale for the New Iraqi Army Saturday after some 300 soldiers walked out on the fighting force's first battalion, as the violence on the ground continued.
 arrow 70 killed in Nepal fighting
Fighting between suspected rebels and security forces intensified in Nepal over the weekend, killing at least 70 people in separate attacks across the Himalayan kingdom, officials and media reports said
 arrow Father can gift ancestral property to daughters
In a major judgement, the Indian Supreme Court has ruled that a father can gift a reasonable portion of his ancestral immovable property to daughters at the time of their marriage or even long after their
 arrow Afghan constitutional convention opens
A landmark constitutional convention began in Afghanistan yesterday with solemn prayers, the songs of children and a stirring speech by the nation's former king, who echoed the aspirations of his war-weary
 arrow Benazir visits Ajmer
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto yesterday visited a revered Sufi shrine in India's western desert state of Rajasthan.
 arrow EU faces 2-speed future as constitution talks fail
France and Germany warned after EU constitutional talks collapsed that they and other states could gear up for closer integration, triggering a possible two-speed bloc as it expands beyond the formerIron
 arrow Syria wants talks with US
Syria said Saturday it wants a frank and constructive dialogue with the United States, a day after President Bush signed a law that threatens diplomatic and economic sanctions against the Arab state.
 arrow Filipino FM dies in Taiwan
Philippine Foreign Minister Blas Ople died in a Taiwan hospital after he fell critically ill while on an aircraft taking him from Tokyo to Bangkok, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police reform in the offing
It is welcome news that the much-awaited police reform process is likely to get underway, with the UNDP providing financial support for the project focusing on capacity-building for the police.
 arrow Editorial: Old-age allowance scheme
Within six and a half years since its introduction by erstwhile Awami League government, the old-age allowance scheme has grown in size, content and coverage.
 arrow Indo-Pak peace overtures: Little more than springtime flirtation
Whether it is the advent of the South Asian summit, or international pressure that India has been taking steps that suggest an early resumption of dialogue with Pakistan -- interrupted under the impacts
 arrow Dream sequence
On 7 September 2005, India and Pakistan will commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the start of their most useless, and their most expensive war.
 arrow EPZs and how about a Hartal Act for Bangladesh?
In many senses, the suggestion pertaining to granting trade union rights to the workers of the export processing zones (EPZs) in Bangladesh merits consideration by the people, the political parties, the
Letters to Editorarrow Ahmadias in trouble
Congratulations on your bold editorial (December 7) condemning anti-Ahmadia zealots who threatened a minority Islamic community in Dhaka with dire consequences for pursuing their particular brand of religious
 arrow No death penalty?
The alliance government is going to abolish capital punishment in Bangladesh shortly.
 arrow Koizumi's decision
It was shocking to learn that Japanese Premier Junichiro Koizumi has remained adamant and bent upon sending troops to Iraq (jeopardising Japan's post-war policy), in spite of the recent slaying of two
 arrow Lecturing about peace
The US is now threatening the whole world, saying it will attack in "pre-emptive self defence" (another cocky little magic phrase being tossed by some cold-blooded killers) any country that tries to develop
 arrow Warning: Bostami turtles
The recent deaths of the "gazar" fish in the ponds at the shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R ) in Sylhet is a warning for the Bayazid Bostami turtles in Chittagong. The same could happen to them.
 arrow Pakshi Bridge
Ninety per cent of its work has already been complete and hopefully the most modern Pakishi Bridge will be ready for inauguration in April, 2004.
 arrow US travel advisories
I read with interest your excellent editorial (December 13) on travel alert by the US and Australia and their impact on our economic development and our image.
 arrow Dr. B's plan
It now seems Prof. B Choudhury is hell-bent on launching his own political party with the help of some like-minded politicians.
 arrow Reduce defence purchase, help the police
Polite, obedient, loyal, intelligent, courageous and efficient. These are the words one would find if the word police is de-abbreviated.
 arrow Ward or 'word' commissioners?
Honestly speaking, I still do not have any clue why on earth I should vote for the ward commissioners.

What I found about them is that they are all losers. They fail to meet their promises.

 arrow VGF vagaries
The Daily Star in its 17 November issue carried a picture depicting irregularities in distribution of VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) allocation.
 arrow Ahmadia issue
I am writing in response to Mr. Akram's letter (December 8).
 arrow Case against Sheikh Hasina
The High Court recently stayed proceedings of the frigate case pending with the lower court against former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina as learnt from the news published in
Star Cityarrow Memorial goes unprotected as funds tied up in red tape
Bureaucratic wrangle and lack of funds is hampering the implementation of a Tk. 99 lakh protection plan for the Rayerbazar Martyr Memorial.
 arrow Dear gold becomes dearer
An increase in gold prices from December 4 has hit the market hard, reducing the flow of customers, jewellers said, describing the slack-off phase they are passing through.
 arrow Crime initiation in correctional centre
The juvenile correctional centre in Tongi, meant to be a place for moulding runaway children into good people, exposes them to the wrongdoing of hardened criminals, physical torture and addiction instead.
 arrow Buriganga encroachers raising heads again
To the sheer frustration of environmentalists and Dhaka residents, no effort has been made to protect the River Buriganga from land grabbers and encroachers since an eviction drive ended October 25.
 arrow Mega-plan to beautify the metropolis
Plans are underway to beautify the capital level with mega-cities of neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Singapore.
 arrow One-stop utility bill collection unlikely to start in January
The government's decision to introduce a one-stop utility bill collection service in about 180 branches of 20 banks in the city by January 1, 2004 may not see light due to lack of preparation among utility