Vol. 4 Num 200 Tue. December 16, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Saddam interrogated
The wild grey beard was gone, and he sat on a metal army cot, just awake from a nap, in socks and black slippers. He was not handcuffed. He did not recognise all his visitors, but they recognised him.
 arrow Bush for Saddam's public trial
US President George W Bush yesterday said captured former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein should have a public trial, while Britain said it would play "no part" in any trial that might lead to his death.
 arrow Victory Day today
The nation celebrates today the 32nd anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh, earned after a nine-month bloody war against Pakistani occupation army in 1971.
 arrow Ministers finally dropped from selection body
The government has decided to drop ministers from a committee, yet to be formed, that would select the members of the proposed Anti-corruption Commission.
 arrow Poor facility stymies JS finance bodies
Four financial standing committees of the Jatiya Sangsad formed to ensure accountability of the government are facing difficulties to function because of lack of facilities and neglect of the government
 arrow A Dane's own war
When the Pakistani army launched its genocide in Dhaka on the night of March 25, it thought confining a few visiting foreigners to a hotel would gag the news of the massacre across the world.
 arrow Question over Saddam's status
The United States promises to grant Saddam Hussein the protections stemming from the Geneva Conventions, but the he is not regarded as an actual prisoner of war.
 arrow Whereabouts still unknown
Saddam Hussein's whereabouts remained a mystery yesterday even after his capture, with CNN reporting he had been moved to the Gulf state of Qatar and an Iraqi official insisting he was still in Iraq.
 arrow 'I'm Saddam... I'm willing to negotiate'
"I'm Saddam Hussein, I'm the president of Iraq and I'm willing to negotiate," Major Brian Reed, operations officer for the first brigade of the Fourth Infantry Division, quoted Saddam as telling US troops,
 arrow 8 Iraqi cops die in suicide attack
A suicide bomber driving a four-wheel drive taxi yesterday killed eight Iraqi policemen in an attack yesterday on a station in the capital's northern outskirts, their commander said.

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 arrow PM distributes wheelchairs to injured FFs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called for all to engage themselves in the service of their next-door neighbours, illiterate and the poor and distressed people.
 arrow 187 bank branches to accept utility bills
The residents of Dhaka will be able to pay all utility bills to 187 select branches of private or public sector banks.
 arrow Step down for midterm polls
Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina has asked the government to step down, paving the way for midterm election to end 'misrule, terrorism and corruption.
 arrow 8-year-old maid tortured brutally
The story of an eight-year-old girl sent a cold shiver of fear after police rescued her covered in hallmarks of brutal torture from a railway official's house in Chittagong city Sunday night.
 arrow Saifur for allotment of JS seats on pro rata basis
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said electoral system should be amended to strengthen democracy by paving the way for honest and credible persons to be elected as lawmakers.
 arrow Nepalese PM arrives tomorrow
Nepalese Prime Minister and Chairperson of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Surya Bahadur Thapa arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a three-day visit.
 arrow Badruddoza opens office today
AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, former president and founding secretary general of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), today opens an office at Baridhara in a bid to gear up his recent political initiative.
 arrow Zidane FIFA Player of the Year
Real Madrid's French midfield star Zinedine Zidane was named FIFA Player of the Year for the third time on Monday, ahead of Arsenal's Therry Henry and Brazilian team-mate Ronaldo.
 arrow HC asks govt not to evict Noakhali char landless
A High Court Division bench yesterday directed the government not to harass or evict for the next two weeks the landless people from the government or khas land of char areas in Noakhali.
 arrow Biswa Ijtema from Dec 27
Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation after the Hajj, will be held December 27-29 on the bank of the river Turag in Tongi.

Akheri munajat will be held in the morning on December 29.

 arrow BNP leader shot dead at Mongla
A leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was shot dead and eight others were injured with bullets in Mongla town last night.
 arrow Notice
In accordance with the NOAB notification, the offices of The Daily Star will remain closed today on account of Victory Day. Therefore, there will be no issue of our newspaper on December 17.
Businessarrow Khosru for more capacity building
As Bangladesh holds key role in World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations, both government and private sector should increase capacity building to strike best deal for least developed countries (LDCs),
 arrow Anwar seeks WB support for study on agriculture
Agriculture Minister MK Awnar has sought support from the World Bank for a major study on agriculture to provide a future roadmap for the sector, closely linked to poverty alleviation and rural development.
 arrow US aid for Bangladesh economy to continue
The United States will continue providing assistance for Bangladesh's economy, American Ambassador in Dhaka Harry K Thomas has said.
 arrow Malnutrition retards productivity
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday underscored the need for fortification of processed foods to remove malnutrition, which reduces people's productivity and thus hinders the growth of gross domestic
 arrow Tap potential of farm product exports
Bangladesh should explore the potential export markets of agricultural products as the country has no better option in hand but to develop agriculture, a US expert said.
 arrow DCCI gets new president, vice-presidents
Fazle RM Hasan has been elected president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for the next one year, according to unofficial results of the election held yesterday.
 arrow Call money rate dips to 2pc
The call money rate nose-dived to 2 per cent yesterday as most banks had sufficient funds to meet the depositors due to thin credit outflow, fund managers said.
 arrow Dollar gains against taka
The US dollar gained against Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trade yesterday, ahead of a national holiday due to rising demand from importers who found the US unit bounced up against the majors after the
 arrow HSBC opens service centre at Gulshan
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has opened its 4th customer service centre at Gulshan in Dhaka.
 arrow Pragoti, Ifad Autos, Ashok Leyland sign agreement
Pragoti Industries Limited, Ifad Autos Limited and Ashok Leyland of India signed a long term agreement in Dhaka on Sunday.
 arrow New MD of Kafco
Peter May has been appointed managing director of Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Limited (Kafco) .
 arrow WTO members fail to meet deadline to re-launch talks
The World Trade Organisation's 146 member states failed to meet a key deadline to revive global trade liberalization talks on Monday in the face of disagreements over farming and industrial goods.
Sportsarrow Swadhin Bangla: More than a football team
If the power of football was ever used as a weapon to fight a war then the name of Swadhin Bangla Football Team will go down in the history of the people's game as second to none.
 arrow Football: Premier Division football is here
The Western Union Dhaka Premier Division Football League kicks off tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
 arrow Football: Chasing an elusive title
The officials of the major football houses in the capital spent sleepless nights last August when they came to know that most of their top players had silently joined Brothers Union after receiving hefty
 arrow Cricket: History beckons India
India were a tantalising 193 runs from a stunning come-from-behind victory over Australia with all 10 wickets intact after the fourth day in the second cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Flying 'Bombay Duck'
Ajit Agarkar otherwise known as 'The Bombay Duck' took his revenge on Australia on Monday, a revenge which will seem even sweeter if his Test-best bowling is capped by Indian success in the second Test.
 arrow Chess: Biman move further up
Bangladesh Biman kept their solo lead in the First Division Chess League intact at the end of the seventh round at National Sports Council's conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's double ton, SA atop
West Indian captain Brian Lara completed his sixth Test double century but it was not enough to prevent South Africa from moving into a strong position on the fourth day of the first Test at the Wanderers
 arrow Cricket: Hossain on a high
A blistering unbeaten hundred by a reborn Shahriar Hossain gave Bangladesh A a solid start against Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in their four-day match of the Inter Departmental Cricket Champion-ship
 arrow PM hands over Nat'l Sports Awards Dec 23
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will hand over the National Sports Awards for 2003 at the International Conference Centre at Prime Minister's Office on December 23.
 arrow Football: Raul decides Depor's fate
Real Madrid's apparent quest to lure the cream of world football to the club was kicked into touch Sunday when Arsenal sent a clear message to any interested parties that Thierry Henry is not for sale.
 arrow Football: Bergkamp's timely magic
Arsenal rounded off a successful week by returning to the top of the English Premiership after Dennis Bergkamp's first-half goal proved enough to beat Blackburn on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Roma do the minimum
Roma may have lacked their recent swagger but they still managed to scrape a 1-0 win over a stubborn Modena side to open up a three-point lead at the top of Italy's Serie A on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Unite against misrule'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the people to unite against the misrule of BNP-Jamaat government being imbued with the spirit of the liberation war.
 arrow 45 arrested for bomb attacks on cops
Police arrested 45 people over two closely timed bomb attacks that blew up the left hand of a sub-inspector and badly damaged the additional deputy inspector general's jeep in Khulna city Sunday night.
 arrow Shaheed Dr Azad's anniversary of death today
The 32nd death anniversary of Shaheed Intellectual and recipient of the 'Ekushe Padak' Prof Dr Md Abul Kalam Azad will be observed today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Company decamps with Tk 26.7 crore of Road and Highways
A construction firm has decamped with Tk 26.7 crore of the Roads and Highways Department (R&H) abandoning two road reconstruction projects in Barisal.
 arrow A little attention shows them the light
Twelve year-old Morjina of Haragach Bandar has given up bidi manufacturing. She is learning sewing at a dress making training centre and going to school.
 arrow BNP leader cuts Rajshahi WDB dam to carry sand
Defying objection by Rajshahi Water Development Board (WDB), a leader of ruling BNP cut about seven feet of the Rajshahi Town Protection Embankment at Eidgah point for making a passage for trucks to collect
 arrow Road mishap kills one in Comilla
One people was killed and five others injured when a Dhaka- bound microbus collided with a Comilla-bound truck on the Dhaka-Comilla highway at Eliotgenz, about 20 miles from the distruict town on Sunday.
 arrow Seminars on AIDS, women development held at RU
The Rajshahi University (RU) Sociology Department and Sociology Department of Manchaster University in UK jointly organised a seminar on "Women and Development" at the Senate building recently.
 arrow Krishna statue recovered
Nabinagar thana police recovered a bronze statue of Hindu god Krishna from Ibrahimpur village in Nabinagar upazila on Friday and arrested two persons.
 arrow 5742 bottles of phensidyl seized at Daulatdia
Goalondo police recovered 5,742 bottles of Phensidyl from a truck at Daulatdia ferry ghat on Sunday.
 arrow Martyred Intellectuals Day observed
The Martyred Intellectuals Day was observed in a befitting manner on the Rajshahi University campus on Sunday.
 arrow 10 hurt in clash in Bhola
At least 10 people including three women were injured, three of them critically, in clashes over harvesting paddy from disputed lands in Nolua village in Charfassion and Dewala village in Borhanuddinupazilas
Culturearrow An outspoken actress who once dared to take a stand
Asked to talk about her role during the Liberation Movement, more than three decades back, Kabori says, "We didn't have that much of awareness even by early sixties as we were wrapped in our own workin
 arrow Capturing Poetic Moments
Victory Day this year will remain important as long as the history of documentation of the Liberation War is concerned. Documentary filmmaker Kawsar Chowdhury contributes further enrichment to this treasure.
 arrow The man who dreamt of a joyous future
Remember Chhokku Mia? The character of an impish youth with an accent of the Old Dhaka area? In that catchy dialect he used to give comical and belittling descriptions of how the invading Pakistani forces
 arrow "Etched in my mind..."
As I enter her Dhanmondi residence, a pleasant aroma of cooked lunch greets me. As Shaheen Samad smiles, she silently gestures for me to sit while she prepares herself for the interview.
 arrow Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artistes remembering the days of victory
Yet another year of victory has gone by. The freedom of our country was achieved at the cost of more than a million lives.
Generalarrow 'Govt-pvt sector partnership can promote use of CNG'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need to develop partnership between the government and private sector to promote the use of alternative fuels across the world.
 arrow Ensure women's participation in decision-making process
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for women's emancipation from illiteracy, superstitions and religious dogmatism to ensure their active participation in the decision- making process and development
 arrow Police clueless about robbers in combat dress
Police are still in the dark about identity of the robbers in combat dress who allegedly looted about Tk 90,000 in cash and valuables from a house at Arambagh in the capital and fled in an olive coloured
 arrow PM opens Military Hardware Display
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the Military Hardware Display jointly arranged by Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force at the National Parade Square.
 arrow US embassy closed today
All offices of the US embassy in Dhaka including Public Affairs Section, Information Resource Centre and Student Advising Centre will be closed today on the occasion of the Victory Day of Bangladesh,says
Internationalarrow Officials lay out plan to question Saddam
First, find out whether Saddam Hussein knows of any impending guerrilla attacks planned against US troops or Iraqis.
 arrow Several options, but no certainties
As speculation mounted over what kind of justice the detained former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein may face, options being bandied about ranged from a trial in his home country to an international tribunal
 arrow Capture cheer fades into Iraqi ire at US
Joy at the capture of Saddam Hussein gave way to resentment toward Washington Monday as Iraqis confronted afresh the bloodshed, shortages and soaring prices of life under US occupation.
 arrow Students march and weep for Saddam
Some 300 students, some crying, demonstrated yesterday in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit to protest at the arrest by US forces of the ousted dictator.
 arrow Saddam capture to boost US debt mission
Buoyed by the capture of Saddam Hussein, US special envoy James Baker leaves on Monday for a mission to discuss Iraq debt relief with European leaders who are signaling a new openness toward Washington.
 arrow Saddam capture brings chance for a new start
The capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is a godsend for the United States which must use the opportunity to hasten the handing over of power to the Iraqi people, European newspapers agreed
 arrow Saddam capture gives Bush personal victory, political boost
The capture of Saddam Hussein is a personal victory for George W. Bush and another boost to his campaign to secure a new four-year term at the White House.
 arrow Americans celebrate capture of 'big fish'
The capture of Saddam Hussein that elated US troops in Iraq, was greeted on the streets of America on Sunday with a sense of relief that the end of the occupation might finally be in sight and that violent
Editorialarrow Editorial: Victory Day resolve
The nation today celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the glorious victory, which heralded the end of the nine excruciating months and gave us a political identity of our own.
 arrow Editorial: Saddam captured
The question is what will become of Saddam now that he has been captured. His capture also brings forth the question of why he was removed from power in the first place.
 arrow Time to heal the divisions
Today is the thirty-second anniversary of our victory day. It is a day of both rejoicing and reckoning.
 arrow Justice delayed...a third of a century gone
Yet another anniversary of December 16 is upon us.
 arrow The contribution of Sandwip to the struggle for freedom
Sandwip, off the western coast of Chittagong, about 12 kilometre from the mainland across Sandwip channel, is a legendarily pretty island, of about 258 square miles.
 arrow The day on the other side
I listened to it spellbound. It was a brief news bulletin announcing the fall of Dhaka.
 arrow My experience on the first 'Victory Day'
Thirty two years ago, the misty winter morning of 16th December, the day the nation now celebrates as the victory day, brought the new found glory of Bangladesh.
 arrow The image that we create...
Thirty-two years ago Bangladesh was on the spotlight of world media not only for the sufferings of people who were denied the right to make a democratic choice, but also for the courage and endurancethey
 arrow In the enemy camp
Winter in Islamabad was very cold but for unexplained reasons also appeared to be cruel that December in 1971.
Victory Day Specialarrow Let's unite behind Bangladesh
As we celebrate Victory Day, we can recall aspirations shared by us all when we won independence through a long struggle involving enormous sacrifice and at the cost of countless lives.
 arrow The human rights matrix
In 1971, Bangladesh became the symbol of how an entire people could become the victim of human rights violations. Such mass killing was not new. It had happened before in history.
 arrow The heights we should scale
Reviewing a revolution or an armed struggle for political emancipation -- after three decades or so of its chequered evolution is a challenging and complicated intellectual exercise.
 arrow Keeping the dream alive
Another 16th of December is around the corner. Once more it is time to step back and look at what we have achieved and what we have done in these 32 years.
 arrow Four tales and a conclusion
16 December 2003. Our 33rd Liberation Day and our 32nd Anniversary of Liberation. It is a day of pride and rejoicing. At the same time, it is necessary that we search our souls and analyse our actions.
 arrow 'Just Governance' for realising the inner spirit of freedom
"December is the month of sorrows for me. The pain inside my chest rebounds in this month. The ideals for which we participated in the war of liberation are all but gone.
 arrow Dissipation of homogeneity in Bangladesh
When Bangladesh came into existence as an independent and sovereign state we congratulated ourselves on several scores, one of which was the homogeneity of the people.
 arrow Let's think big
The Liberation War of 1971 is decidedly the most glorious chapter of our national history and the freedom fighters are indeed the greatest sons of the soil.