Volume 4 Number 204 Sun. December 21, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Father, son shot dead inside Pallabi house
Unidentified armed assailants shot and killed a stranded Pakistani trader and his teenage son barging into their house at a camp in Pallabi yesterday.
 arrow 4,000 hospitals run without medicines
Over 4,000 health and family planning centers across the country are without medicine for the last six months because of a technical hitch in the tender process.
 arrow Libya to part with WMD
Libya, a pariah state for decades, said Friday it would abandon its weapons of mass destruction programmes and allow unconditional inspections, drawing praise from Washington and London for its move toward
 arrow Bandits thrive to serve corrupt forest officials
Vigilante violence that has left over 37 alleged robbers dead in Noakhali since December 6 stemmed from systematic corruption of some forest officials who used the bandits for personal gains, allowing
 arrow Security agencies to pin down hoarders
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said the government had engaged various intelligence agencies against hoarders in a bid to contain price spiral of essential commodities.
 arrow FFs central to nat'l unity: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government wants to involve the heroic freedom fighters in development process of the country they have liberated for the common good.
 arrow BoI survey gives lopsided FDI picture
The recent Board of Investment (BoI) survey on foreign direct investment (FDI) presents a lopsided picture of the subject as a result of a faulty survey method, including inadequate coverage, says the
 arrow X-mas alert after al-Qaeda threat
The White House said Friday it had ordered US security personnel to be extra vigilant for terror attacks during the Christmas period as the EU's police agency warned al-Qaeda was very active in Europe.
 arrow Bangladesh worst victim of tropical cyclones
Bangladesh is the country worst hit by tropical cyclones and associated storm surges.
 arrow Decentralise cricket to be more competitive
Cricket organisers yesterday called for decentralisation of the game and a true first-class infrastructure to make Bangladesh more competitive on international scenes.
 arrow Delhi wants Dhaka to crack down on 'Indian rebels'
New Delhi yesterday stepped up pressure on Bangladesh to take action against Indian separatists amid a crackdown by fellow neighbour Bhutan in which more than 130 people have been reported killed.
 arrow Overseas Press Club of America expresses concern to PM
The Overseas Press Club of America has expressed concern to the president and the prime minister about the repression on journalists in Bangladesh.
 arrow Rejoinder
The deputy commissioner (DC) of Noakhali in a rejoinder to a report The Daily Star ran in its December 15 edition headlined "Noakhali char people fear to land in the middle of nowhere," said it contained
 arrow Action proposal against DFP DG shelved
A proposal for departmental action against the director general of Department of Films and Publications (DFP) on corruption charges has been shelved mysteriously at the Prime Minister's Office for the
 arrow US troops mistakenly kill 3 Iraqi police
US troops mistakenly killed three Iraqi policemen hours before Spain's Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar surprised Spanish troops in Iraq with a visit yesterday.
 arrow Sircar dismisses TIB report on JS
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar has brushed aside the Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) report that parliamentary democracy is under threat as the Jatiya Sangsad is not functioning effectively and
 arrow Khaleda visits RU today, DU tomorrow amid raging protests
Amid widespread protests, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is set to inaugurate a three-day Golden Jubilee celebration at Rajshahi University today and distribute gold medals to outstanding students of Dhaka
 arrow Toxic wastes

 arrow Secretaries asked to certify projects before sending to Ecnec
Secretaries will have to certify that all projects have been properly scrutinised before being sent to the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) in order to weed out unnecessary and
 arrow Regional HR meet demands Saarc convention
A two-day regional discussion on human rights violation in South Asia ended in Dhaka yesterday calling for adoption of a convention on human rights at the 12th Saarc summit in Islamabad next month for
 arrow Jubo Dal expels 9 activists
The committees of the Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal in Jhalakathi Friday expelled nine activists and cautioned another 15 for the attack on the journalists in the district on December 8.
 arrow Move to grab 200-yr old temple land foiled
Devotees and local people yesterday foiled an attempt to grab a 200-year-old temple land in the city's predominantly Hindu area of Hazari Lane after clashes that left one injured.
 arrow Bomb scare on Biman flight
A Bangladesh Biman flight to Karachi scheduled to leave at 8:30 last night was postponed on bomb scare just before its departure.
 arrow Top govt official gets threat from Kala Jahangir men
An alleged member from notorious Kala Jahangir Group has been phoning up a top government official's house at Tejkunipara for a few days, saying the gang will visit the place soon.
 arrow Banking reforms fail to reach targets
The reform initiatives for a decade in the banking sector failed to reach targets for multifaceted problems, said a Bangladesh Bank report yesterday.
Businessarrow Khosru seeks more ideas from businesses for better economy
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday sought more ideas from trade bodies for better economic development as he handed over medals to exporters for their performances.
 arrow Accent on external trade, foreign investment
As the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held its maiden meeting yesterday, it was told that stress is being put on how to enhance the country's external trade and foreign
 arrow Dearth of knowledge bars general people from investing in securities
Lack of knowledge about capital market bars general people from investing in securities, said Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) President Habib Ullah Khan yesterday.
 arrow Dollar hits record high against taka
The US dollar got boost to its new record high against the Bangladesh taka yesterday on higher demand from importers when some banks experienced lower inflow of remittance and export receipts.
 arrow Local business invited to take part in Vietnam trade fair
Vietnam has invited Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to participate in the 14th International Trade Fair to be held in Hanoi from April 7-11.
 arrow New president of DCCI
Fazle RM Hasan has been elected president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for the year 2004.
 arrow FCI Trade Int'l to market Qibla Cola
FCI Trade International Limited has signed a contract with Qibla Cola Company UK Limited to market Qibla Cola drink in Bangladesh.
 arrow Singer holds sales review meeting
Singer Bangladesh Limited held its sales review meeting in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Repo auction
The Reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

One bid of 2-Day tenor amounting to Tk 90.00 crore was received and accepted.

 arrow Trade promotion ceremony held
A trade promotion ceremony organised by MB Traders was held at Hotel Sonargaon in Dhaka on Thursday.

The proprietor of MB Traders Mohammad Belal presided over the function, says a press release.

 arrow National Housing, Everest Holdings sign MoU
National Housing Finance and Investment Limited and Everest Holdings and Technologies Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Metro Spinning declares 12pc dividend
Metro Spinning Ltd has declared 12 percent dividend for the company's shareholders for the last financial year.

The declaration came at the 8th annual general meeting of the company.

 arrow Asian banks witness busiest December in years
Asia's investment bankers have got an early Christmas present, albeit one that has dashed any hopes of a relaxing year-end: the biggest stack of deals in at least seven years.
 arrow India's inflation rises to 5.38pc
Higher energy and oilseeds prices pushed India's wholesale price inflation to 5.38 per cent in the week ended December 6, much to the relief of the bond market which was expecting a higher figure.
 arrow Developing nations seek more cooperation at G-77 talks
Cooperation and development experts from 134 developing countries on Friday adopted the "Marrakesh declaration" stressing the need for more cooperation between nations of the Southern hemisphere in all
 arrow China answers US criticism, says it keeps WTO promises
China on Saturday reacted to US criticism of its progress in reforming its economy in line with World Trade Organization rules, saying it had gone a long way already to dismantle barriers to trade.
 arrow Canada seen bolstered by WTO's US lumber ruling
The World Trade Organisation has raised serious doubts about how the US International Trade Commission calculated injury to US firms from Canadian softwood lumber imports, a Canadian source said Friday.
Sportsarrow Professionalism, decentralization, strong domestic structure needed
Decentralization of cricket, efficient management, a comprehensive policy, continuation of work towards a specific target and building a strong first-class structure that would not be too far away from
 arrow Football: Another MSC stalemate
Defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club's misery continued as they dropped two vital points for the second game running in the Western Union Premier Division Football League at the Sher-e-BanglaNational
 arrow Cricket: Rafique spins Dhaka ahead
Country's most successful international bowler Mohammad Rafique grabbed six wickets as Dhaka bounced back against aspirants Chittagong on the third day of their four-day Mirzapore Tea National Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Twin-ton up Lanka
A record double-century partnership between Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene helped Sri Lanka take firm control of the third and final cricket Test against England here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ pile up record runs
Century makers Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori plundered ineffective Pakistan bowling in a record-breaking spree Saturday as New Zealand piled up a massive 563 in their first innings on the secondday
 arrow Football: Ferdinand's Euro dreams over
Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has been banned for eight months and fined 50,000 pounds after being found guilty of misconduct following his infamous missed drugs test.
 arrow Football: Brazil world youth champs
A late goal from substitute Fernandinho sealed a fourth world under-20 football championship title for Brazil with a 1-0 win over 10-man Spain on Friday in Abu Dhabi.
 arrow Cricket: A team play PTCL today
The visiting Bangladesh A team will play their second match in the Inter-Departmental Cricket Champion-ship today against Pakistan Tele Communication Limited (PTCL) at the Karachi National Stadium.
 arrow Taekwondo: Ansars top the table
Bangladesh Ansars secured the top slot in the Korea Cup taekwondo tournament with eight gold medals that concluded yesterday at the National Sports Council (NSC) gymnasium.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi v'ball
Rajshahi District Sports Association (DSA) moved into the quarterfinals of the Pepsi Volleyball League defeating Chittagong DSA 25-17, 21-25, 25-17 and 25-21 at Dhaka Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Build up social force to realise objectives of liberation war'
Eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for building up a social force comprising people from all walks of life to realise the objectives of the liberation war.
 arrow Dharla Bridge opens today
The Dharla Bridge, country's first locally financed bridge, will open to traffic today, fulfilling a century-old demand of the people of four upazilas in Kurigram district.
 arrow Boatman commits suicide
A boatman accused of stealing yarns worth about Tk four lakh committed suicide by taking poison at Baradi bazaar in Sonargoan thana of the district on Friday night.
 arrow 158 cell phone sets recovered at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday recovered gold ornaments weighing five and half kilograms and 158 mobile phone sets worth about Tk 75 lakh.
 arrow Diabetes confce begins
A two-day Diabetes and Endocrine Conference began at Biam auditorium in the city yesterday.

President of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) Prof Wahiduddin Ahmed presided over the inaugural session.

 arrow Mahmuduzzaman new envoy to ROK
The government decided to appoint Maj. Gen. (retd.) AM Mahmud-uzzaman as the ambassador of Bangladesh to the Republic of Korea, said a handout yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The rise and fall of Saddam Hussein
After what Saddam Hussein has done single-handedly to Iraqi people since he came to power in 1979, no one should be allowed to write neither a eulogy on his political life nor any laudatory comments on
 arrow Another BJP push: Secularism in India at its journey's end?
Although the just concluded provincial elections in four states (Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh), in which the BJP bagged three, leaving only Delhi for the Congress, dealt a hard blow
 arrow The new law of uncertainty
"Game over," an Iraqi on the streets of Baghdad told CNN. Maybe. More likely, the game is just beginning, and not only on the ground in Iraq.
Culturearrow Russian Crystal Fair
A nine-day long Russian Crystal Fair began on December 17 at the Russian Culture Centre. Oleg.S.Malginov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Bangladesh, inaugurated the exhibition.
 arrow Of ballads and blues of Bangladesh
Senior folklore artist, Abdus Shakoor's exhibition of 40 of his works is on till 24th January, next year, at the Cartwright Hall in Bradford, UK.
 arrow Teerthankar by Shubachan Natya Shangshad
Shubachan Natya Shangshad staged its current production Teerthankar as part of the drama festival arranged by ITI, Bangladesh Centre at the National Theatre Stage recently.
 arrow Rizia Rahman gets Sadat Ali Akhand Literature Award 2003
This year's Sadat Ali Akhand Literature Award went to author Rizia Rahman for her contribution to Bangla literature.
 arrow Exhibition to commemorate 100 years of Powered Flight at Zainul Gallery
A weeklong exhibition titled 'Aakasher Thikanay' (Skyward Ahoy) by 3 photographers Enam Ul Haque, Enam Talukder and Sharif Sarker was inaugurated at Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Arts to commemorate
 arrow New CD 'Amar Bhalobashar Swadesh'
The CD launching of the first album Amar Bhalobashar Swadesh along with solo music recital of the artiste Mahbubul Haidar Mohon was held recently on a stage well suited to the title of the CD.
Internationalarrow Top aide turns Saddam over to US troops
The Iraqi man who gave up Saddam Hussein to US forces last weekend was his top aide through eight months on the lam, a senior US military intelligence officer told reporters.
 arrow 'Libya had devices for uranium-enrichment, chemical weapons'
US and British officials visiting weapons productions sites in Libya in recent months found uranium-enrichment devices and bombs for delivering chemical weapons, US officials said.
 arrow Bhutan King leads troops to flush out Indian rebels
Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuk is leading his troops fighting to flush out Indian rebels holed up in the tiny Himalayan kingdom for the past 12 years, a Bhutanese official said yesterday.
 arrow Cousin calls for Saddam's trial in int'l tribunal
Jamal Kamel Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam Hussein, has called for a fair trial for the captured Iraqi leader even though the former tyrant killed his two brothers along with nine members of hisfamily.
 arrow DMK pulls out of BJP-led govt protesting tough anti-terror law
A south Indian party yesterday pulled its 11 MPs out of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's coalition to protest a tough federal anti-terror law it claims has been misused.
 arrow Muslim girls can marry on their own will
Pakistan's top court has ruled that adult Muslim women can marry whomever they like without the consent of their parents or guardians, reports said yesterday.
 arrow New tower design for WTC site unveiled
The signature skyscraper at the World Trade Center site will be a 1,776-foot glass tower that twists into the sky, topped by energy-generating windmills and a spire that evokes the Statue of Liberty,new
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chief Justice speaks out, and how
Chief Justice KM Hasan deserves all our praise for his recent plain speaking. On Thursday he informed us that justice was beyond the reach of the poor, which for us means by far the greater majority.
 arrow Editorial: Anti-Ahmadiyya agitation
Religious fanatics, who have long been fomenting anti-Ahmadiyya sentiments, have again threatened the government with 'dire consequences', should it fail to evict the Ahmadiyyas from their mosque atNakhalpara
 arrow Post-Saddam Iraq
Paul Bremer's announcement to the world "ladies and gentlemen, we got him" had a tinge of triumphal arrogance. Saddam regime had effectively ended in April with the fall of Baghdad.
 arrow A region without borders
DOOM appears to stalk the footsteps of India and Pakistan. Whenever they journey towards peace, some incident is engineered to scare them not to go further.
Letters to Editorarrow Got him
Writers of the Pentagon had the role of filming a man demolished, having lost his freedom, so that the evidence of its forfeiture is universally known. Yes, I am talking about Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Reverie of Vajpayee
PM of India AB Vajpayee daydreams nowadays. In a peace conference sponsored by The Hindustan Times in New Delhi, he delivered an ambitious speech. He dreams of a single currency in South Asia.
 arrow Keep up the good work
Let me congratulate you on your valuable editorials which I read with all seriousness and delight.
 arrow Alternative power sources
Having come across reports of recent squabble between the DCC and the ministry of environment over "waste-to-power projects", one is reminded of the usual bickering in our government.
Star Healtharrow "Donít tell me why, tell me how to quit smoking"
Health concerns usually top the list of reasons people give for quitting smoking. But smokers may not be aware of how many illnesses they may avoid by kicking the habit.
 arrow Treating Pneumonia
Pneumonia is a serious infection or inflammation of your lungs. The air sacs in the lungs fill with pus and other liquid. Oxygen has trouble reaching your blood.
 arrow What is the WHO?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that directs and coordinates international health work. WHO currently has 191 member states.
Star Cityarrow Heyday of shady land developers
The Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) has accused Rajuk of neglect and encouraging malpractice among land developers, while Rajuk has cited at least 19 of 25 companies runningwithout
 arrow Hospital on deathbed?
The Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust Hospital in Mirpur, closed for the past five years, has a slim chance to reopen soon.
 arrow A soothsayer with a difference
It stood still as if to contemplate for a few seconds after hearing the client's name.
 arrow Conflicting claims fog charges
An allegation of land grab against a ruling BNP lawmaker has drawn attention of the media, but conflicting claims and an apparently shady sale of plots fogged the issue.
 arrow BRTC move adds to the commuters' miseries
The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has withdrawn the leases awarded to private transport operators on the Motijheel Tongi route which has increased the sufferings of the commuters.
 arrow Court punishes as cheque bounces
A businessman has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment and fined Tk 32 lakh as a cheque issued by him was dishonoured.
 arrow Buses once again occupy open space of colony
Buses belonging to the ATCL company have once again returned to illegally occupy the entire open space of Asad Gate Colony for parking.

"The buses disappeared during the month of Ramadan.

Star City in Framesarrow Victory Day Back Again
DECEMBER 16 brings the joyous memory of the nation's victory.