Vol. 4 Num 203 Sat. December 20, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Old grains in silos at risk of rotting
A large amount of grains runs the risk of rotting in warehouses, as the government did not take old stocks off the granaries this fiscal year, officials said.
 arrow 77 with 6 trawlers missing in Bay
Seventy-seven fishermen and six fishing trawlers are missing in the Bay of Bengal for the last three days.
 arrow Donors won't join health programme
A three-year Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP) will be launched in January without the participation of donors, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Life in the line of fire
About 30,000 people on the northernmost tip of Bangladesh are facing hardship as over 150 businesses that quarry in the Mahananda river have hit the rocks amid BDR-BSF tension.
 arrow Black money undermines work of law enforcers
Powerful economic interests at play in Bangladesh are beginning to exact a heavy toll on citizens' rights, Chief Justice KM Hasan said yesterday

"More unfortunate is the size of black money in the hands

 arrow Iraqis for Saddam's trial in Baghdad
Iraqis are insisting on trying Saddam Hussein in his own country and with their own judges, as several countries prepare their complaints against the former dictator US forces captured on December 13.
 arrow Plan to peg savings instrument interest to treasury bills'
Interest rate on savings instruments may be pegged to six-monthly interest rates of five-year maturity treasury bills, according to a plan drawn up by the finance ministry.
 arrow 500 rebels surrender to Bhutanese forces
As many as 500 Indian rebels have surrendered to Bhutanese forces during a massive crackdown on rebel camps in the small Himalayan kingdom, a senior Indian intelligence official said yesterday.
 arrow River raiders and polluters on the loose
Three rivers, namely Buriganga flowing through the heart of the city, Turag and Dhaleswari flowing along city suburbs, have become victims of emerging ecological disaster.
 arrow Beagle 2 parts from its mothership
The Beagle 2 Mars lander successfully separated from its mothership at 0831 GMT yesterday to begin its solo voyage towards a touchdown on Christmas Day.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Bagerhat
A leader of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was gunned down in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district yesterday.
 arrow Beirut fire victims hail from Barisal, Jhalakathi
The seven Bangladeshis including three females died in a fire at Kismat Plastic Factory at Beirut, Lebanon on December 14, 2003, were from of Barisal and Jhalakathi.
 arrow Mild cold wave by month-end
The temperature across the country will remain almost the same for a couple of more days as the cloudy weather persists.
 arrow Adnan Sami at Pepsi concert

 arrow FFs urged to unite against anti-liberation forces in power
Leaders of Awami League (AL) and several pro-AL organisations yesterday called for bringing in unity among the country's freedom fighters in order to brave the anti-liberation force now in state power.
 arrow French lawyer wants to defend Saddam
Controversial French lawyer Jacques Verges says he is willing to defend Saddam Hussein in court and, if he can, bring world leaders to the witness stand, in what could be a huge embarrassment for theUnited
 arrow Former MP Mohsin dead
Former lawmaker and freedom fighter Mohammad Mohsin died at Dhaka Central Hospital on Thursday night. He was 88.
 arrow Abducted Chittagong businessman freed
Businessman Bakhtiaruddin Chowdhury was released on Thursday night, about 26 hours after his abduction on Wednesday.
 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyyas' ultimatum to govt
Anti-Ahmadiyya religious bigots yesterday threatened to paralyse the country if the government does not 'evict' the Ahmadiyyas from Nakhalpara mosque by January 3.
 arrow Hasina urges editors to launch pages for children
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the affluent section of the society including businesspersons to patronise ideal organisations for
 arrow Bremer escapes attack in Iraq
The top US civil administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, said yesterday he had survived an attack against him, but an aide said he did not seem to have been specifically targeted.
 arrow AL's mass contact programme from Dec 23
Central leaders of the Awami League will kick off a mass contact programme across the country on December 23 to garner support for the party's anti-government movement.
Businessarrow Lukewarm response from banks to cut lending rates
Although the central bank hopes the interest rates on loans and deposits will come down to single digit by the middle of next year, only a few banks have so far cut their lending rates, now averaging13
 arrow Govt takes steps to reopen Pakshey Paper Mills
The government has undertaken steps to restart the production in Pakshey Paper Mills.
 arrow SC upholds commerce ministry decision
The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday upheld a commerce ministry decision that barred freight forwarders from realising any charges other than Tk 1250 NOC/DOC fees from exporters and importers.
 arrow GP, SSOQ sign deal on shrimp news service
Shrimp industry stakeholders having GrameenPhone (GP) connections now can get shrimp news on their cell phones.
 arrow Gonophone, Business Automation sign MoU
Gonophone Bangladesh Limited, an internet service provider (ISP) and ICT solution provider, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Business Automation Limited, an IT company involved in software
 arrow CSE, CDBL hold training on central depository system
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) and Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL) jointly organised a training session for brokers and applicant of depository participants on Wednesday in Chittagong.
 arrow DBH declares Tk 15 per share dividend
Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DBH) has declared a Tk 15 per share dividend for the shareholders for year ending June 30, 2003.
 arrow Aftab Auto declares 18pc dividend
Aftab Automobiles Limited has declared an 18 per cent dividend for the shareholders for the year ending August 31, 2003.
 arrow Eastern Housing declares 10pc cash dividend
Eastern Housing Ltd on Monday declared a 10 per cent cash dividend for the year that ended on July 31, 2003.
 arrow Shahjalal Bank declares 12.5pc stock dividend
Shahjalal Bank Limited has declared a 12.5 per cent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year ending December 31, 2002.
 arrow JOBS training course ends
JOBS, a USAID funded project and implemented by IRIS Centre at the University of Maryland, completed a three-month training course on 'product development and quality improvement' in its cluster formed
 arrow Asian consumers confident on economic outlook: Survey
Asian consumers are growing more confident about the economy and are more willing to loosen their purse strings for electronic gadgets and entertainment, a survey released Thursday found.
 arrow IMF cautions Pakistan on rising inflation
The International Monetary Fund has praised Pakistan's economic progress but said the government should be careful about rising inflation.
 arrow Asia Pacific economies to improve in 2004: UN
Asia Pacific economies are set to improve on 2003's strong performance in the year ahead but they must be wary that easy credit does not fuel another disastrous bubble, the UN said Friday.
 arrow China falling short on WTO commitments: US
China has made little progress in lowering trade barriers and implementing proposed reforms promised when it joined the World Trade Organization two years ago, the United States said.
 arrow India raises support price for oilseeds
India raised the support price for the summer rapeseed crop to 16,000 rupees ($351.6) a tonne from 13,300 rupees in a bid to encourage farmers to grow more, a government statement said Thursday.
 arrow Japan sees growth slowing in'04
Japan said Friday it has set its official forecast for real economic growth at 1.8 percent for the year to March 2005, down slightly from the 2.0 percent expected for the current fiscal year.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
December 13-December 18, 2003

Local FX Market

Dollar became stronger throughout the week against Bangladeshi taka. Increased demand for import payments increased the demand for US dollar.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Ctg rattle Dhaka
Despite losing two early wickets, former holders Chittagong could be satisfied having restricted Dhaka to a score of well-below 200 on the second day of their Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League fixture
 arrow Cricket: SL seize initiative
A superb century partnership between Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene helped Sri Lanka take command of the third and final cricket Test against England here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming confounds Pak
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming cracked his sixth Test century as New Zealand built a solid base to be 295 for six at stumps on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Pakistan here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Love-struck Indians
Queenslander Martin Love stroked a honey-sweet 94 off the Indian attack here Friday to boost his prospects of stepping into retiring captain Steve Waugh's position in the Australian Test line-up.
 arrow Cricket: BCB seek CAB's Grounds experts
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is desperately looking for ways to continue the ongoing Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League as well as other domestic competitions despite ground preparation
 arrow Chess: Biman alone atop
Bangladesh Biman maintained their solo lead in the First Division Chess League at the end of the eleventh round games at the NSC Conference room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Badda earn full points
Badda Jagarani Sangsad got off to a winning start in the Western Union Premier Division Football League when they came from behind to beat Dhanmondi Club 2-1 in the lone match held at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: Lee ready to attack
Australian firebrand Brett Lee, recovered from injury, showed here Friday he is ready to take the attack to India in the third cricket Test starting in Melbourne Boxing Day.
 arrow Football: Forget relaxation
Mallorca is among the favourite holiday destinations of the Spanish monarchy but Spain's football royalty and league leaders Real Madrid are unlikely to be afforded any time to relax during their visit
 arrow Football: Solari the saviour
Star striker Raul Gonzalez netted the extra-time winner Thursday as Real Madrid scraped a 4-3 victory over second-division Leganes in the Copa del Rey second round and reached the last 16.
 arrow Football: Roma eyeing winter crown
League leaders Roma will be crowned winter champions ahead of a three week break should they maintain their unbeaten start to the season away to struggling Empoli on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Computerised system a must to check tampering of land records
A computerised system of preserving land records has become an imperative to check tampering of land documents, said the speakers at a discussion on Thursday.
 arrow 'Set up independent crime investigation wing'
Bureaucrats, representatives of donor agencies, human rights activists and legal experts yesterday recommended an independent crime investigation wing and permanent and non-political public prosecution
 arrow Space Festival ends today
The Third Space Festival on the campus of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology ends today.

A drama titled 'Life infinity' was staged on the second day of the festival yesterday.

 arrow Body found in Dhanmondi lake
The body of an unidentified man was found in Dhanmondi lake yesterday.

On information, police recovered the body from the lake beside Road No. 39 at around 1:00pm.

 arrow Boy injured in fire dies at DMCH
A ten-year-old boy who received burns in a fire at his house at Kulaura in Maulavibazar died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow 1,529 more held, six firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,529 more people, including three listed criminals, during their ongoing country drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Politics with people's misery
Poor Noor Jahan and Hasina Banu, who allegedly 'fainted from starvation' at Ramganj bazaar in Sadar upazila during Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's November 17 visit, are again at the centre of political
 arrow A Jamaat leader's audacity
It was a different Victory Day for the anguished students of Chandipur F Huq High School and College and their guardians this year.
 arrow 13 hurt in BNP attack on AL V-Day meet in Barisal
Activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) allegedly swooped on Victory Day programmes organised by opposition Awami League (AL) and its student wing in Jhalakathi and Barisal, injuring 11 persons.
 arrow World Vision launches AIDS prevention project
The World Vision, Bangladesh has launched a project here to prevent spread of HIV/AIDS and create public awareness about the deadly disease.
 arrow FFs, 11-party boycott V-Day meet as Jamaat MP invited
Freedom fighters and pro-liberation forces including leaders of left leaning 11-Party alliance boycotted the district administration's Victory Day discussion meeting on December 16 protesting presence
 arrow Gaibandha ADM stand-released on corruption charge
Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Mojibar Rahman Al-Mamun of Gaibandha was stand-released on Wednesday on charge of irregularities and corruption in recruitment of teachers and staff of Asaduzzaman
 arrow JCD leader arrested for assaulting intern at Barisal hospital
Barisal Kotwali Police arrested a JCD leader and ex-Vice President of the Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Students' Union for demanding toll and assaulting an internee doctor in the early hoursof
 arrow Sheikh Razzak Ali not seen in BNP functions
Former Speaker of the parliament Sheikh Razzak Ali is not attending any party programme in Khulna where he has been staying for the last few days.
 arrow Call to rally round a 'third force'
Abdur Rouf, one of the pioneers of the 11-point student movement in 1969 has pleaded to rally round a third force.
 arrow Alamdanga UNO's removal demanded
All the chairmen of 13 Union Parishads (UPs) in Alamdanga have demanded removal of Alamdanga Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Abdul Hamid Molla.
Point-Counterpointarrow What afflicts our police?
The performance or the lack of it of our police force has always attracted the attention of all segments of our population -- from the concerned to the gullible to the disinterested to the cynical fringe
 arrow Textbooks and rural schools
There is no denying the fact that in the teaching-learning process textbooks play a crucial role, after, of course, the teachers.
 arrow Solidarity among Muslims needed
The Islamic summit conference in Putrajaya was significant in many ways.
 arrow Conflict in parties and organisations
It seems conflict and life are inseparable twins. Where there is life, there is conflict. It is human nature to have more.
Culturearrow Centenary tribute to Yasujiro Ozu
Akira Kurosawa is known all over the world as the 'trademark' Japanese filmmaker, and wherever Japanese cinema is mentioned, Kurosawa's name comes first as he is the most popular and accessible of all
 arrow ntv Victory Day concert
The slogan of the concert was 'In joy of victory we celebrate'.
 arrow Shomoy stages 'Bhager Manush'
Theatre group Shomoy staged two shows of its latest production Bhager Manush at the public library auditorium to observe the Victory Day.
 arrow 8th international short film festival begins
Bangladesh Short Film Forum has arranged a 9-day long 8th edition of the International Short and Independent Film Festival from 18th to 26th of this month.
 arrow New series programme 'Ganotantra'
Centre for Development Communication in collaboration with the British Council is making a interview based programme for Channel i.
Generalarrow Book on contribution of India in liberation war launched
Speakers at a publication ceremony of a book titled 'Contribution of India in the War of Liberation of Bangladesh' yesterday paid homage to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in 1971 and thanked
 arrow Unite to dislodge govt: Workers Party
Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) has urged all progressive political parties and people to be united to dislodge the BNP-led coalition government and form a 'pro-people' one.
 arrow Free life-saving drugs for TB patients
Half a million of the world's poorest tuberculosis patients will benefit from free life-saving drugs under an agreement signed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Novartis, a pharmaceutical company,
 arrow Sec 144 in Moulvibazar
The district administration imposes Section 144 from 9:00am to 9:00pm today in the municipal area here, following calls of separate meetings by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir
 arrow Free treatment for cleft lip patients
Patients with cleft lip and palate will get free treatment under an arrangement at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital and the Oral Surgery Department of Dhaka Dental College Hospital, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Sharon vows to implement unilateral steps in months
Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon gave notice to the Palestinians Thursday that he would abandon attempts to reach a peace deal and implement his own unilateral measures if they did not meet theircommitments
 arrow Saudi Arabia cracks down on Islamists
Hit by two deadly attacks, Saudi Arabia has launched a massive crackdown on Islamist militants believed to be linked to the al-Qaeda network, but ends the year with no letup in US warnings that terrorists
 arrow Courts deal double setback for Bush's war on terror
US courts on Thursday dealt a double blow to US President George W. Bush's prosecution of the war on terror, with rulings that his administration was abusing the rights of detainees.
 arrow US to pour more troops into Iraq
The United States said Thursday it will pour more troops into Iraq after another US soldier died there in a roadside ambush, and Russia agreed to consider reducing Iraq's crippling debt.
 arrow Musharraf to offer alternatives to Kashmir plebiscite
President Pervez Musharraf is ready to offer alternatives to Pakistan's life-long demand for a plebiscite in disputed Kashmir, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said yesterday.
 arrow Iran signs protocol on snap nuke inspection
Iran on Thursday signed up to surprise UN inspections of its nuclear sites in a move hailed as a watershed for Tehran as it tries to fend off accusations that it is seeking nuclear arms.
 arrow Pop King charged with child molestation
"King of Pop" Michael Jackson was Thursday charged with sexually molesting a young boy after plying him with alcohol, allegations that could land him a hefty prison sentence.
 arrow US raps Pakistan on religious freedom
The United States Thursday rebuked its anti-terror ally Pakistan for failing in "many respects" to protect religious minorities and for passing discriminatory laws that fueled religious intolerance.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Expatriates ministry neglect
The government's neglect of the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment, detailed in a report that the ministry submitted this week to a parliamentary standing committee, is as startling
 arrow Editorial: Acid throwing
NGO leaders have accused police of allowing acid throwers to slink through the loopholes in the law.
 arrow Thirty-three years later
I had written in October about lack of law and order and poor governance. I had hoped that before the year ended, there would be some progress in this regard.
 arrow Nothing succeeds like success
In our school-going years, due largely to the requirements of our curriculum and also at times to extra-curricular assignments, we achieved a degree of familiarity and even taste for certain fables of
Letters to Editorarrow ICT
Kudos to Abu Saeed Khan for bravely exposing the woeful lack of preparation our ICT Ministry has. I'll add a few more examples.
 arrow The capture of Saddam
When I saw the news on CNN about the capture of Saddam, I was delighted because at last the coalition forces have done something.
 arrow Saddam must get fair trial
The Americans must avoid 'revenge' when prosecuting Saddam Hussein. International involvement is important in deciding the fate of Saddam.
 arrow Louis Kahn or Ayub Khan?
The Daily Star has published a full page interview held with Nathaniel Kahn, son of famous architect Louis I Kahn, by Kazi A. Asharaf in its issue of December 2, 2003.
 arrow Denouement in Iraq
Finally, Saddam Hussein has been nabbed in Tikrit. This episode heralds a new era in the history of Iraq. Saddam is a despot who has emulated Pol Pot of Combodia.
Literaturearrow Returning Home: 1972
Madan comes forward as she steps down from the rickshaw. Jaya looks around for Modhu or Dhiron, but they are not to be seen. She had heard that Gayanath had died quite some time back.
 arrow A Mukti Operation Inside Dhaka
Wednesday, 25th August, 1971

Rumi asked "Mother, could you drop me at Road No. 28"

It was almost 6:30 in the evening and the western sky was glowing with crimson rays of the setting sun.

 arrow Notice
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