Volume 4 Number 210 Sat. December 27, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 10,000 feared dead in 6.7 Iran quake
A powerful earthquake struck the ancient Silk Road city of Bam in southeastern Iran yesterday and a preliminary estimate said the death toll could reach 10,000.
 arrow Maritime crimes creep up as watchdog keeps aloof
When armed robberies and thefts on foreign and local ocean liners at the seaports are on an upward spiral, the high-powered committee formed in 2000 specifically to contain those crimes came up with no
 arrow Wage hike riddle
The recent Bangladesh Bank (BB) report showing a wage growth over that of inflation last year, a trend that has also continued into this year, has stoked up a number of crucial issues.
 arrow Al-Qaeda blamed for attack on Musharraf
Pakistan security agencies have identified two suicide bombers killed in a failed attempt on President Pervez Musharraf's life, Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat quoted by state media said yesterday.
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in spate of Iraq attacks
Guerrillas extended the biggest insurgent attacks in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's capture, killing four US soldiers in mortar and bomb attacks, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Criminals' hand suspected in children's death
Police are yet to find clues to the death of five children in an underground water tank in Azampur in Uttara on Thursday, but relatives of the dead and neighbours suspect crime connection to the tragedy.
 arrow Bigots demand bill declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims
The anti-Ahmadiyya religious bigots yesterday threatened to hem in members of parliament (MPs), elected on Islamic manifesto, if they do not table a bill declaring the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims in the next
 arrow Govt's graft, atrocities tarnish nation's image
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government of tarnishing the country's image aboard.
 arrow Deaf, dumb dumped at DMCH
An abandoned child at last finds a home at Uttara and a ray of hope shines for him to lead a normal life.
 arrow Monga over, not misery
The days of Monga, near-famine situation, are well over in the northern region with the harvest of aman paddy going on but the marginal and landless farmers are still smarting from its aftermath.
 arrow Plan underway to wall elephants off
Rangamati district administration, to protect villagers, is planing to erect barriers around the areas where marauding wild elephants have killed 12 people and injured scores of others this year, sources
 arrow Ijtema begins today
Biswa Ijtema, a congregation of world Muslims organised by the Tablig Jamaat, begins at Tongi about 20 kilometres north off the city today.
 arrow Missing schoolboy found dead
Shanta, a 6-year-old schoolboy missing for two days, was found dead in Khilgaon while a young man was killed and two others injured at a shoot out at Qaderabad Housing at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow 11 robbers nabbed in Ctg with AK-47
Police arrested three alleged criminals including a 'listed terrorist' Thursday evening in Satkania and recovered an AK-47 assault rifle along with huge ammunition.
 arrow B Chy's civil forum to emerge this week
A new civil forum styled 'Bikalpa Dharar Nagorik Committee' (civic committee of alternate stream) is likely to surface sometime this week, apparently as an outcome of former president Badruddoza Chowdhury's
 arrow Khaleda condemns attempt on Musharraf
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has strongly condemned yet another attempt on the life of Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday.
 arrow 2 Ijtema devotees die of heart attack,14 more hospitalised
Two devotees died at the Biswa Ijtema venue in last two days.
 arrow Tk 22 lakh in cash, medicine looted from Pabna Mental Hospital
A gang of robbers looted cash and valuables worth about Tk 22 lakh from Pabna Mental Hospital on Thursday night.
 arrow 3 UPDF men abducted
In yet another incident of political violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), three activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were kidnapped on Thursday night from Kamalchhari villagein
 arrow Husband tricks wife into drinking acid
A husband was arrested for deceitfully leading his young wife to drinking acid at Mirer Sarai upazila Thursday night.
 arrow Life could not beat her...

 arrow Road mishaps kill 8 in Bogra, Comilla
Eight people were killed and 20 others injured in separated road accidents in Comilla and Bogra yesterday and on Thursday night.

Of them, five were killed in Bogra and the rest in Comilla.

 arrow Over 100 shops gutted in Bhola, 25 injured
Over 100 shops were gutted in a fire at a bazaar at Borhanuddin upazila headquarters under Bhola district yesterday morning.
 arrow Jewels of heritage turn rubble
Virtually levelled in yesterday's devastating earthquake, the historic heart of Bam was one of the wonders of Iran's cultural heritage, boasting a 2,000-year-old citadel that was the largest mud-brick
Businessarrow Saarc nations need more FTAs to face globalisation
Saarc members need to increase trade and investment and sign more free trade agreements (FTAs) among them to face the fallout of the globalisation, said an Indian delegate to Saarc trade fair that begins
 arrow Rehab housing exhibition pulls huge crowd
The Rehab housing fair yesterday, the third day of the exhibition, witnessed a large number of visitors, who showed keen interest in plots, flats, shops and commercial spaces offered by different companies.
 arrow Step into the shoes
Utilising the high quality raw materials and cheap labour, Bangladesh can easily penetrate into the European market of fashionable shoes, specially the Italian market, if the local footwear industry can
 arrow Dhaka int'l trade fair from January 1
The 10th version of the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) begins on January 1 next year with 20 countries including host Bangladesh displaying their products.
 arrow Fu-Wang Foods declares 15pc cash dividend
Fu-Wang Foods Limited has declared a 15 per cent cash dividend for the shareholders for the year ending June 30, 2003.
 arrow Bangladesh Ins Assoc holds AGM
The 16th annual general meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) was held in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Basic Bank, Int'l Leasing sign Tk 50m credit deal
Bangladesh Small Industries and Commerce Bank Limited (Basic Bank) and International Leasing and Financial Services Limited signed a loan agreement recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Robust exports support Japan industrial output
Robust exports supported Japan's industrial output in November but the world's second-largest economy was still mired in deflation and high unemployment, government data showed Friday.
 arrow West African states agree on cotton output policy
Eight member nations of a west African economic community announced Thursday they have agreed on a programme to boost the competitiveness of the cotton-textile sector.
 arrow China scraps steel tariff after US move
China scrapped retaliatory tariffs on steel products, in place for 13 months, Friday in a widely anticipated response to a welcome US move to drop tariffs on imports of the metal this month.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
December 20-December 24, 2003

Local FX Market

Dollar became stronger throughout the week against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Kapali impresses on return
Test allrounder Alok Kapali was finally back among the runs after a prolonged drought as he rescued Sylhet against Dhaka while Chittagong's batsman Faisal Hossain hit a purple patch with a century against
 arrow Football: Joy for Muktis
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra finally got off the mark in the Western Union Premier Division Football League when they thrashed Badda Jagarani Sangsad 3-0 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur
 arrow Cricket: India bludgeon Aus
Virender Sehwag savaged Australia's depleted bowling attack to put India in a commanding position in the third cricket Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ resist Shoaib storm
New Zealand fought back from a vicious spell of pace bowling from Pakistan express bowler Shoaib Akhtar to be 151 for five at stumps on the first day of the second cricket Test at the Basin Reserve here
 arrow Cricket: Lara leads fightback
Brian Lara and Ridley Jacobs hit half-centuries to save the West Indies from humiliation on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead Friday.
 arrow Cricket: SMS powers Veeru
It took an SMS from his coach for swashbuckling Virender Sehwag to change his batting stance and the result was a buccaneering 195 on Friday, the opening day of the third Test against Australia at Melbourne.
 arrow Cricket: Nothing going to plan
Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was where it all began for Steve Waugh 18 years ago.
 arrow Cricket: Defining Sehwag
Virender Sehwag was prepared to wear a a barrage of short-pitched Australian bowling to become the foundation of a commanding Indian first innings on the opening day of the third cricket Test in Melbourne
 arrow Cricket: Shahriar, Ashraful recalled
Ten Bangladesh A team players will return home from Pakistan on January 1 to join the national team's camp for the tour of Zimbabwe beginning from January 4.
 arrow Chess: No change in GM chess
The scenario remained unchanged in the Leonine Grand Masters chess tournament after GMs Ziaur Rahman, Alexi Barsov and International Master Reefat-bin-Sattar maintained their hold over the top slot yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Park wins BTI Cup golf title
The first BTI Cup golf tournament sponsored by Building Technology & Ideas Ltd, ended at the picturesque Kurmitola Golf Club course yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Orient handball
Bangladesh Police emerged group champions and Victoria SC finished runners-up to reach the semifinals in the Orient Bread Cup handball tournament eliminating their respective rivals in the last groupmatches
 arrow Football: Roman Empire bombed
Chelsea's bid to transform Roman Abramovich's millions into silverware suffered its most serious setback yet as Claudio Ranieri's side slumped to a 4-2 defeat at Charlton on Friday.
 arrow Football: Hands off Saha!
Fulham on Thursday turned down a


 arrow Football: Zidane to end here
France midfielder Zinedine Zidane has said he will end his playing days at his Spanish club Real Madrid and is also considering when to quit the national side.
 arrow Football: Adu for real?
Is there too much ado over Freddy Adu? Time will tell.
 arrow Football: O'Neill prepares for life without Larsson
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill says he is resigned to losing Henrik Larsson when the talismanic striker's contract expires at the end of the season.
Politicalarrow BNP men attack, foil AL council
The ruling BNP activists yesterday allegedly attacked and foiled a council session of the Awami League's Mahmudpur union unit, leaving at least 20 persons injured.
 arrow JCD cadre blamed for killings of two found at DU
The double murder in the capital on Thursday was committed by a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadre and his accomplices failing to realise Tk 2 lakh in toll, the family of one victim alleged yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Separation of judiciary a must for rule of law
Separation of judiciary is a must for the rule of law and good governance, speakers said at the 18th annual conference of Bangladesh Law Association (BLA) yesterday.
 arrow 'Launch social movement against phensidyl'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for building up social movement against phensidyl, a deadly drug responsible for large scale addiction of the young people.
 arrow Int'l Confce of Mechanical Engineering begins
The Fifth International Conference of Mechanical Engineering began at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) yesterday.
 arrow 1,685 more held, 10 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,685 more people, including two identified criminals, during their ongoing countrywide dive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Nilsagor no more attracts guest birds
Guest birds no more come in flocks to the historic Nilsagor, once their safe winter abode.

Chirping of thousands of birds are not heard and big flocks in the sky are not seen.

 arrow Step down for snap polls, Suranjit asks govt
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Suranjit Sengupta MP has asked the government to step down paving the way for a mid-tern election 'to end misrule, terrorism and corruption'.
 arrow It is time to ban hartal, says Huda
Communication Minister Nazmul Huda has said it is time to ban 'hartal' by enacting new law as it is destroying the country's economy.
 arrow Women UP members inactive as male colleagues non-cooperate
Women Union Parishad (UP) members are compelled to play a passive role due to non-cooperation of their male colleagues in discharging their duties.

They are also totally unaware about their job description.

 arrow People nab one more accused, allege police 'inaction'
Local people on Thursday caught and handed over to police one more person in connection with the murder of popular Awami League leader, freedom fighter and Union Parishad Chairman Shamsul Islam Suruz.
 arrow Pneumonia kills 49 children in B'baria
At least 49 children died from pneumonia and other respiratory problems in the district since October, official sources said.
 arrow Highest punishment demanded for traffickers
Women and children trafficking from 13 districts including those in Sylhet division is increasing as traffickers escape punishment due to legal loopholes and alleged inaction by law enforcers.
 arrow Stand-off over BRTC service in Sylhet
Agitated people of three upazilas again foiled the authorities' move on Thursday to take BRTC buses back to the capital and stop its service in greater Sylhet.
 arrow Courier service co raided, closed for hundi business
Police led by a magistrate have raided the office of a private courier service in the city for illegal hundi business, arrested two of its employees and stopped its operation.
 arrow JSD demands national govt
Jatiya Samajtantrick Dal (JSD-Inu) President Hasanul Haq Inu has alleged that the BNP-Jamaat government failed to run the country and demanded formation of a national government to "free the people from
 arrow Satkhira Zila Parishad CEO stand- released
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Satkhira Zila Parishad, Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan was stand released from Satkhira to Pirojpur on charge of 'irregularities and corruption' while allocating shops in the
 arrow Puja committee formed
Election to the executive committee of Kaligonj Puja Udjapan Parishad was held recently at the auditorium of BRDB at Kaligonj upazila.
 arrow Attack protested
The working journalists here protested the recent attack on Jhalakati newsmen and took out a procession in the district town on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Is the anti-globalisation movement anti-Semitic?
Mark Strauss, a senior editor at the influential international affairs journal Foreign Policy seems to denigrate the so-called 'anti-globalisation' movement as essentially a cover for a globalanti-semitic
 arrow A peep into Rumi's treasure
I claim to have fairly wide ranging even eclectic tastes in reading therefore I must include poetry in my weekly musing about books.
 arrow Who promote drugs and arms trade?
The way the mainstream media is presenting it, it almost seems as if there is simply no link between the recent proliferation of international politics of the most deadly variety, and international business
 arrow Of idiots and telephones
OK! Let me be straightforward. I believe too many people have telephones these days that ought to be confiscated.
Culturearrow A hundred-year flight
On December 17, 1903, Wilber and Orville Wright paved a way in the sky and created history.
 arrow Melange in wood, metal and fabric
The exhibition of the Crafts Department of the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, held at Shilpangan recently display composition of motifs.
 arrow Bhalo Chhele
Bhalo Chhele by Shekhor Somaddar is a tragedy.
 arrow We have got enough support to arrange the festival
Nagagorik Natyangan has arranged a 10-day long drama festival from December 27 to January 5, 2004.
Generalarrow 'Civil-military relations amicable'
Civil-military relations are becoming amicable with a change in the mindset of the armed forces and constant civilian-military interactions on various occasions and issues over the past decade, said general-turned
 arrow Bridge technology divide between West and OIC states: Moyeen
Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan has stressed the need for bridging the 'science and technology divide' between the Western and OIC countries through increased emphasis on biotechnology and
 arrow Better coordination needed for effective agri development plan
Agriculture Minister M K Anwar yesterday called for better coordination among statisticians and agricultural officials to get more reliable statistics in the agriculture sector.
 arrow Girl strangled in city
A 20-year-old girl was strangled and left in Kafrul Thursday night.

The victim's identity could not be known till filing of this report at 8:30 last night.

 arrow Maulana Awal passes away
Maulana Abdul Awal, co-chairman of religious affairs sub-committee of the Awami League and former DG of the Islamic Foundation, died at a city hospital on Thursday night at 75.
 arrow Noakhali forest robber arrested
Police arrested Shafi Batainya, one of the five absconding ringleaders of forest robbers of Noakhali, along with his three associates at Patenga, Chittagong yesterday evening.
 arrow New committee of Puja Udjapan Parishad
Chitta Ranjan Majumdar and Jayanta Sen Dipu have been elected president and general secretary respectively of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad for the next two years.
Internationalarrow Chinese rescue teams fan out across gas 'death zone'
Rescue teams yesterday fanned out across a mountainous region of southwest China turned into a "death zone" by a massive explosion at a natural gas field which has so far claimed 191 lives.
 arrow 'Feel good' factor likely to push India to early polls
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is likely to go for an early election next April or May, the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP said yesterday, to cash in on a booming economy and an overall "feel
 arrow Hundreds of rebels fleeing to Assam amid crackdown: Bhutan
The Bhutanese army said hundreds of Indian separatist rebels were fleeing towards the Indian border state of Assam yesterday amid an almost two-week-old military drive to expel them.
 arrow Israel closer to 'unilateral steps' after suicide blast
A fresh suicide blast in Tel Aviv may have pushed Israel closer to adopting "unilateral measures", announced by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last week, a government official warned yesterday.
 arrow US seeks global help fearing terror attack
The United States has sought cooperation from France and other countries to help guard against the possibility that terrorists could again mount an attack on America using hijacked airplanes, officials
 arrow Japanese troops embark on Iraq mission
The first groups of Japan's military contingent left for the Middle East yesterday to set the stage for a humanitarian mission in Iraq, the nation's most dangerous deployment of personnel since WorldWar
Editorialarrow Editorial: Musharraf second time lucky
The meaning of two successive assassination attempts on the Pakistani president is lost on nobody. Neither is the implication on Pakistan, if those attempts had succeeded.
 arrow Editorial: Narai river pollution
The pollution of the Narai river running alongside Trimohoni must be seen to be believed. It was not long ago that the 2.
 arrow Handling peace and governance in Iraq
The much vaunted Presidential guards failed to save Baghdad with their ring of steel.
 arrow Bangladesh will take off only after improved law and order situation
After a visit home eleven months ago, the writer returned inspired and optimistic about Bangladesh's future. Two events probably contributed towards the writer's optimism.
Letters to Editorarrow Look East and Prosper
I saw news article in The Daily Star that Bangladesh foreign minister, Mr. Morshed Khan will focus Bangladesh economic policy on the basis of "Look East" policy.
 arrow Ahmadia Issue
I don't understand why we are interfering with the Ahmadia people because they are not disturbing our belief or religious activities.
 arrow Sound pollution: Disturbance at night
You are all aware of the construction works that are going on in Maghbazar, Eskaton, Banglamotors and Shahbag areas these days.