Volume 4 Number 206 Tue. December 23, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Behind bars sans trial for years
Mohammad Jahangir has spent the last 11 years in custody at Dhaka Central Jail without trial.
 arrow Admin building besieged for 6 hrs
About 2,000 students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) confined their pro-vice-chancellor, treasurer and proctor to the administrative building for six hours yesterday during a rampaging demonstrationagainst
 arrow Lalmonirhat AL top leader killed
Assailants hacked to death Lalmonirhat District Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Shamsul Islam Suruj, 50, near Chandibari Bazar in Aditmari upazila early yesterday, sending shock waves and prompting
 arrow Biman flights go haywire for pilots' 'limited strike'
International and domestic flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday faced severe disruptions, as pilots stopped operating extra flights on a 'limited' strike that sparked worries among thousands
 arrow PM blames teachers' grouping for low university standards
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked for ensuring responsibility and accountability at higher institutes through necessary legal reforms for quality education.
 arrow 2 gunned down in city gang violence
Armed assailants gunned down two rickshaw passengers in front of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Bhaban at Agargaon last night.
 arrow $84m gap in BB-BoI FDI records
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked the Board of Investment (BoI) to share FDI (foreign direct investment) information before publication following gross inconsistencies in FDI reporting by the two organisations.
 arrow Adamjee machines to be removed in 4 months
The jute ministry was instructed yesterday to vacate within four months all fixed assets of the Adamjee Jute Mills to expedite conversion of the area into a new industrial zone.
 arrow DU students protest PM's visit
Different Dhaka University student organisations demonstrated yesterday on the campus protesting Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit there while Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling
 arrow Bomb kills two US soldiers
A roadside bomb killed two U.S.
 arrow Work on road to Myanmar starts this winter
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said construction work of Bangladesh-Myanmar Friendship Road for direct road link between Dhaka and Yangon will begin in the current dry season.
 arrow AL calls hartal for Jan 3
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal on January 3 to protest what it said was infringement on democratic and political rights of the opposition and killing
 arrow 35 activists hurt in bomb attack
At least 35 activists of the Awami League (AL) were injured in a bomb attack on the council venue of the party's Begumganj unit yesyerday.
 arrow US raises terror alert to high
The US government raised its terror alert to the second highest level Sunday and warned Americans there was a high risk militants might launch attacks around the holidays in the United States that could
 arrow Outlaw top boss held
Second-in-command of the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) Paresh Mondol alias Kuddus alias Makhon along with six others was arrested by the joint forces yesterday.
 arrow Libya seeks ties with US
Libya hopes to reopen relations with the West and gain lucrative oil contracts blocked by US sanctions as well as reap other economic benefits by abolishing weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The finance ministry in a rejoinder on The Daily Star report headlined, "IMF suspends anti-poverty loan tranche" on December 22 termed the report incorrect.
 arrow Civil society seeks to talk river-link with Indian CJ
Civil society members in a letter yesterday sought an audience with Indian Chief Justice VN Khare and eight other Supreme Court judges to convey Bangladesh's concern over the giant neighbour's mega river-link
 arrow US envoy hammers on gas export
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday reiterated Bangladesh should export natural gas, suggesting that it will bracket the country in the world's medium income group.
 arrow Family files case
Wife of Fakhruddin Ahmed lodged a case with Pallabi Police Station Sunday at the killing of her husband and teenage son Saturday morning.
 arrow Merchant shot dead in Khulna
Abdul Majid Shaikh, 50, timber merchant and a Jatiya Party member, was gunned down by unidentified assailants near his house at Mechaghona village under Dumuria upazila at 7:45pm Sunday.
 arrow Villagers kill lame tigress
Locals thrashed to death a tigress at Maddhya Amurbunia village under Morelgang upazila at the edge of the Sundarbans on Sunday.
 arrow JCD men beat up four BCL leaders on SSMC campus
Activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal beat up four leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League on the Sir Salimullah Medical College (SSMC) campus yesterday as they tried to resume their activities there.
 arrow Bomb attack on police van to free criminals
A police van carrying two criminals came under bomb attack at 8:30pm on Sunday near Mujgunni, in second such bomb attack on police in the city in the last six days.
Businessarrow Economic governance high on agenda
Next month's high profile international business conference in Dhaka will focus on global economic governance, multilateral trade regime in post-Cancun perspective and investment promotion in developing
 arrow Survival in post-MFA era hinges on product quality
Surviving in the international market after the phase out of multi-fibre arrangement (MFA) will be difficult unless quality of exportable items is ensured within a year, speakers at a seminar yesterday
 arrow Aktel eyes one million subscribers by end '04
Aktel eyes to reach million-mark in subscriptions by the end of 2004, as the leading cellular phone brand in a major policy shift now looks towards the mass market.
 arrow Int'l trade fair in Dubai from January 10
The 18th edition of the annual International Autumn Trade Fair 2004 (IATF04) will begin on January 10 next at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC) with 10 per cent increase in exhibitor turnout
 arrow Election to master stevedores assoc postponed
The election to the executive council of Bangladesh Master Stevedores Association (BMSA), scheduled for today, has been postponed.
 arrow ATM opens at Rangs Bhaban
Bank Asia Limited in collaboration with Electronic Transaction Network (ETN) has set up an automated teller machine (ATM) at the Rangs Bhaban on Old Airport Road in Dhaka.
 arrow 4-day training course of BGMEA ends
A four-day training course for garment factory management concluded in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Bankers Club renamed, new chairman elected
Bankers Club Limited has got new name and new chairman and secretary general.
 arrow New chairman of Uttara Bank
Md Mahfuzus Subhan has been elected chairman of Uttara Bank Limited.

Subhan, a freedom fighter, is a retired secretary, says a press release.

 arrow Air travelling in Saarc region to be cheaper
India's decision to go for 'open sky' policy means air travelling in Saarc region will be easier and cheaper.
 arrow Japan's trade surplus with Asia soars 63pc in Nov
Japan's trade surplus with the rest of Asia in November soared 63.1 percent from a year earlier to 513.7 billion yen (4.8 billion dollars) on the back of rising exports to China, the government said Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Big disappointment
The first big match of the Western Union Premier Divi-sion Football League failed to live up to the hype when National League and Federation Cup champions Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and a big-spending
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka drub Chittagong
Dhaka completed a Chittagong whitewash, Rajshahi turned the table on Sylhet and Khulna made up for their disappointment in the rain-affected four-dayer with an easy win over Barisal in the abridge version
 arrow Cricket: Hossain keeps it up
Reborn opener Shahriar Hossain continued with his good form as Bangladesh A reached 201 for seven on the first day of the four-day Patron's Trophy match against Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited
 arrow Cricket: Moin makes the Pak day
Moin Khan defied the heroics of New Zealand fast bowler Daryl Tuffey as he steered Pakistan to safety on a rain-shortened fourth day of the first cricket Test here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Brett in, Jason out
Australia on Monday named in-form paceman Brett Lee in the side to play India in the third Test here on Boxing Day.
 arrow Cricket: He proves his worth
Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan played the innings of his life on Monday to lead his side to safety in the first Test against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Much ado about Sachin
Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid says he expects Sachin Tendulkar's barren Test year to end with another Melbourne Cricket Ground masterpiece.
 arrow Cricket: Mushfiq on way home
Bangladesh A team captain Mushfiqur Rahman will return from Karachi by the next available flight after leading the side in the opening match of the Inter-department Cricket Championship in Pakistan against
 arrow Cricket: No 2nd trip for Javed?
Opener Javed Omar Belim will probably miss the tour to Zimbabwe next February after doctors suggested that he needs more time to recover from a surgery on his right shoulder.
 arrow Chess: Biman flying
Bangladesh Biman maintained their solo lead with 47.5 points after the end of the 14th round of the First Division Chess League at the NSC Conference room yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Orient handball
Title aspirants Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) scored an emphatic 31-9 victory over Purbachal Parishad in the Orient Bread Cup handball tournament at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Big win for jr hockey team
Bangladesh junior hockey team drilled eight goals past Iran in the First Junior AHF Cup Hockey Tournament in Singapore yesterday.
 arrow Football: A royal show
It was their goals that were the precious gifts from Real Madrid's Three Kings of Raul Gonzalez, Ronaldo and Luis Figo as the reigning Spanish champions ran out 3-1 winners at Real Mallorca on Sunday.
 arrow Football: MU reclaim top spot
Champions Manchester United did their best to put the Rio Ferdinand controversy on the back burner by returning to the top of the English Premiership with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane on
 arrow Football: Milan's first slip
AC Milan were beaten 2-1 by Udinese in the Italian league on Sunday, the European champion's first loss of the season.
 arrow Football: It's got to be Maradona!
Argentine police are searching for a fake penis used by Diego Maradona to beat drug tests while playing for Napoli in Italy.
Nationalarrow Extortionists pushing Rupsha shrimp plants towards 'closure'
Frozen shrimp processing factories in Rupsha upazila are on the verge of closure due to 'death threats' given to some of the owners allegedly by armed men belonging to BNP and outlawed organisations for
 arrow UP leaders helpless as MPs dictate things
The members of parliament (MPs) usually dictate local government institutions keeping the Union Parishad (UP) leaders handicapped. Development activities are also hindered due to central government'smeddling.
 arrow 7 more 'jungle bandits' held in Noakhali char
Seven more alleged jungle bandits were arrested from Noakhali char areas on Saturday and the day before.
 arrow 3 WDB engineers sued by contractor for 'taking bribe'
A contractor has filed a case against three high officials of Water Development Board for allegedly taking bribe from him.
 arrow 15 hurt as villagers clash in Kalaroa
At least 15 people including a housewife were injured, seven of them seriously, in a clash between two groups at Harina village in Kalaroa upazila Friday morning.
 arrow CU admission test schedule announced
The Chittagong University (CU) yesterday began distribution of admission forms for first year honours courses of 2003-2004 academic session.
 arrow Two 'outlaws' among 4 held at Dumuria
Police arrested four 'listed' criminals including two members of an outlawed party at Dumuria on Friday.
 arrow 20 hurt in clash over khas land
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over attempts to grab khas (government) lands in Narinda village in Sathiya upazila on Saturday.
 arrow BCL cadre killed in Fatikchhari gunfight
Fatikchhari police reportedly shot dead an alleged Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) cadre and injured five others during a gunfight with a criminal gang at West Pinedong on Saturday.
 arrow 3rd JU Day on January 12
Jahangirnagar University (JU) will celebrate its 'Third University Day' on January 12.
 arrow Twelve crew of sunken trawler rescued
A salvage team rescued 12 crew of a sunken trawler from the Bay while three other trawlers, missing since Wednesday, returned to Patharghata shore with all 39 crew on Friday.
 arrow 'Extremist' killed by rivals in Pabna
An alleged extremist was murdered allegedly by rivals at Hatgram in Bhangura thana in Pabna on Saturday.
 arrow Loan for unemployed youths in Narsingdi
The Youth Development Directorate disbursed Tk 3,40,000 loans among 22 trained jobless youths in Narsingdi on the occasion of National Youth Day-2003 on December 17.
 arrow Freedom Fighter Yakub Ali fighting for life
A valiant freedom fighter of the Liberation War of Bangladesh is now fighting for life.
Point-Counterpointarrow The New York Times editorial unfairly smears Bangladesh
In its scathing December 14 editorial on Bangladesh, The New York Times omitted the most significant favourable fact about Bangladesh: that it is a democracy.
 arrow Valuable minerals lying in the beach sand
A population of 140 million is struggling to come out of the grip of poverty in this tiny little land of just 144,000 square kilometres.
 arrow No time like the present
Time stands still for no man. Time takes its toll. Time is of the essence.
Culturearrow Innovative and intense
A superb exhibition of the innovative works of Rejaul Karim, Alokesh Ghosh and Nazib Mohammed was recently seen, tucked away at "Shilparag", Dhanmandi.
 arrow Rhythm of life
The first ever Bangladeshi dance VCD was launched by Nrityanchal at the Nat Mandal auditorium of Dhaka University recently.
 arrow Abu Sayeed's new feature film 'Shankhanaad'
National film award winning director Abu Sayeed has completed the shooting of his second feature film Shankhanaad.
 arrow Group Theatre Mela- 2003 begins in Chittagong
Chittagong Group Theatre Forum has arranged a twelve-day long drama festival in the port city, from December 20.
Generalarrow ASA to bring 20 lakh more under micro-credit network
Association for Social Advancement (ASA) will establish 500 more branches across the country to bring another 20 lakh people under its micro-credit network.
 arrow Arakan body urges PM not to allow pipeline
The Arakan Muslim Community Development Foundation of Myanmar has urged Prime Minister Khaleda Zia not to allow construction of Myanmar-to-India gas pipeline through Bangladesh.
 arrow Second death anniversary of Simi today
Today is the second death anniversary of Simi Banu, a student of Narayanganj Charukala Institute, who killed herself at her Khilgaon Sipahibagh residence after she was tormented by a gang of hoodlums.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank distributes blankets
Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd.
Internationalarrow Operation goes on in Iraq to net insurgents: Bremer
Coalition forces in Iraq are continuing to round up insurgents in Iraq, adding to the hundreds of militants already detained using intelligence gleaned from the capture of Saddam Hussein, Paul Bremersaid
 arrow Bhutan claims huge weapons seizure in anti-rebel drive
Bhutan reported yesterday a major seizure of weapons belonging to anti-Indian rebels and said a drive to eject the guerrillas from the kingdom was continuing "full blast".
 arrow Jailed Saddam says he is still the Iraqi people's choice
Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, in US custody for a week, was shaken but claimed to be the Iraqis' chosen leader and used a lot of profanity, a handful of people who met him said Sunday.
 arrow Saddam survived on chocolate
Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein eluded US forces by secretly moving between 20 or 30 safehouses in his stronghold region and survived much of the time on chocolate bars and canned fruit, the New
 arrow Egyptian FM holds talks with Sharon
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher was meeting with top Israeli officials as part of efforts to salvage the peace process after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned he may disengage.
 arrow 'Israel will dig own grave if it attacks Iranian nuclear sites'
Israel "will dig its own grave" if it attacks Iranian nuclear sites, the head of the Iranian air force General Seyed Reza Pardis told a news agency close to the Islamic regime's hardliners.
 arrow Philippines ship missing with 75 on board
A ship carrying 68 passengers and seven crew between islands in the southwestern Philippines has been missing for more than a day after reporting it was in distress, the coast guard said on Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: BNP attack on the AL council
Just the other day Prime Minister Khaleda Zia invited the opposition to work hand in hand with her party for the betterment of the country.
 arrow Editorial: Israel must also disarm
Libya's decision to abandon its WMD programmes and to allow unconditional inspection of its weapons facilities comes as welcome news to those who would like to see peace and stability in the Middle East.
 arrow Trial of Saddam Hussein: Headache for Western powers
After the capture of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on 13th December, one issue that has dominated in recent days is : what type of tribunal will try Saddam Hussein? Much will depend first on the fundamental
 arrow Sri Lankan peace process suffers further setbacks
The peace process in the South Asian island state of Sri Lanka has unfortunately suffered further setbacks due to failure of the two powerful persons in the country to resolve certain key issues to facilitate
Letters to Editorarrow Iraqi leader
The humiliation of watching the offensive pictures of a former leader of an Arab country is wrecking my senses for the last few days.
 arrow Is the government scared?
It has been observed that the BNP government is trying to put a lot more attention on Badruddoza Chowdhury's activities rather than doing its own business.
 arrow Relaxation of PSC age bar
The maximum age for entering into government service is 30 years as per existing regulations of the government. The PSC could not hold recruitment examinations for the last few years.