Vol. 4 Num 212 Mon. December 29, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka gets more time to decide
The US yesterday virtually agreed to give Bangladesh an extension of about two months to decide on allowing trade union in export processing zones (EPZs), as the issue will be resolved through a tripartite
 arrow Intelligence unit to check VAT dodge
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday directed the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to form a separate intelligence unit for detecting VAT (value added tax) evasions.
 arrow Capital feels the chill
Dhaka residents yesterday got the hang of how winter in full fury may feel as rains and wind chilled them to the bone with skies remaining cloudy for the best part of the day and temperature dipping further
 arrow Bodies of peacekeepers due by Dec 31
The bodies of 15 Bangladesh Army officers, killed in Thursday's air crash in the West African country of Benin, will be flown back home by Wednesday.
 arrow Grabbers doubly stronger
Encroachers control double the government land held by the government across Bangladesh, a parliamentary standing committee said yesterday, contradicting a much-talked-about academic study.
 arrow Fears replace hopes in Bam
The stench of death is filling Iran's earthquake-devastated city of Bam and fears of epidemics and looting are growing as hopes dwindle for those still buried by a disaster that killed more than 20,000
 arrow Akheri Munajat today
The Biswa Ijtema at Tongi ends today with the Akheri Munajat (concluding supplications) seeking blessings of the almighty Allah for continued peace, progress and prosperity of the Muslim Ummah.
 arrow Sangsad goes into session Jan 18
The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) goes into the New Year session on January 18 with uncertainty looming large over participation of the main opposition Awami League (AL).
 arrow Buriganga: A river or a refuse ground?
Despite pledged by the Ministry of Forests and Environment to save the Buriganga river from polluters, the water of the capital's lifeline has turned dark, stinking and is bereft of aquatic life.
 arrow Put human security before national
Secretary-General of Amnesty International (AI) Irene Khan yesterday said the American-led 'war on terrorism' violates international law and justice and has encouraged other governments to ignore human
 arrow Poor business climate drying up FDI flow
Bangladesh did not attract foreign direct investment (FDI) due to the poor business environment and infrastructure and delay in implementing policies, Commerce Minister told a dialogue in the city yesterday.
 arrow AL-JSD unity talks likely after Jan 10
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and left Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) are likely to open a dialogue soon to discuss the launch of a unified anti-government movement.
 arrow Dhaka to send $1m aid to Iran
Bangladesh will send goods worth $1 million in aid of the people of Iran's earthquake-devastated city of Bam.
 arrow 2 Iraqi children, GI killed in blast
A powerful roadside bomb blast in a central Baghdad shopping street killed a US soldier and two Iraqi children yesterday, a day after attacks in the holy city of Kerbala killed six foreign troops and12
 arrow Travel agents stick to their strike threat
The body representing the travel agencies of the country yesterday issued an ultimatum to the Board of Airlines Representatives (Bar) to withdraw or postpone by tomorrow the decision taken on agency commission
 arrow Manufacture, not assemble cars
The public undertaking committee of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday asked two industries, Atlas Bangladesh and Progati, to manufacture cars and auto-rickshaws instead of assembling their components.
 arrow Bremer takes U-turn on WMD
The US civil administrator for Iraq Paul Bremer yesterday denied the existence of laboratories in Iraq making weapons of mass destruction for which British Prime Minister Tony Blair says US-led teamshave
 arrow 5 ansars sacked for abetting in bomb-making
Five ansars arrested in the city on December 24 on charge of abetting Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists in making bombs inside an abandoned residential hotel have been dismissed from their services,
 arrow WB criticised for 'excessive interference'
The fifth meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) yesterday criticised the World Bank (WB) for what it said was its 'excessive interference' in Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP).
 arrow Abandoned boy finds home at orphanage
The four-year-old physically and mentally challenged boy, found abandoned at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on December 18, was moved to an orphanage at Uttara Sector-9 yesterday.
 arrow NCBs to collect land taxes from Jan 1
Four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) will collect land taxes of six upazilas under as many divisions from January 1.
 arrow Hasina invited to JCD's silver jubilee party
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday invited Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina to its silver jubilee celebration programme on January 1.
 arrow Small trader stabbed dead at Sabujbagh
A small trader was stabbed to death inside his factory allegedly by his employee at North Mugdapara in Sabujbagh yesterday.
 arrow Probe body formed
A five-member committee was formed yesterday to investigate the robbery at Pabna Mental Hospital Thursday.
 arrow 1 killed, 30 hurt in stampede at PM's rally
One person died and 30 others were injured in a stampede at a public rally of the prime minister at Char Chenga of the island yesterday.

The victim was identified as Mostafijur Rahman, 30.

 arrow HC orders status quo till Jan 4
A High Court vacation bench yesterday ordered a status quo at Kalyanpur Poura Bustee (municipal slum) till January 4.
Businessarrow Tourism sees buoyancy in peak season
As peak season sets in, tourism industry in Bangladesh is basking with huge inflow of foreign tourists coupled with growing interest from domestic ones.
 arrow Bangladesh can export power to Indian states
Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Satyabrata Mookherjee yesterday said Bangladesh could set up power plants in border areas to export electricity to India.
 arrow Saarc trade fair pulls crowd despite rain
The fifth Saarc Trade Fair 2003 being held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka attracted a significant number of visitors in spite of inclement weather yesterday, the secondday
 arrow Steel, re-rolling mills owners to continue strike
Bangladesh Steel Mills Owners Association (BSMOA) and Bangladesh Re-rolling Mills Association (BRMA) resolved not to resume production unless their demands regarding power and VAT were met.
 arrow Maiden auction of treasury bonds held
The first auction of the recently released Bangladesh Treasury Bond was held at the central bank yesterday drawing a sale of Tk 29 crore.
 arrow DSE amends Articles of Association
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday approved amendment to its Articles of Association renaming its council and key positions.
 arrow Buyer-seller meet with Indian cos begins today
A two-day 'Buyer-Seller Meet' begins in Dhaka today to explore new business avenues and develop partnership between Bangladeshi and Indian business communities.
 arrow Mercantile Bank, WEA sign MoU
Mercantile Bank Limited (MBL) and Women Entrepreneurs' Association, Bangladesh (WEA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on implementation of the bank's women entrepreneurs' development scheme.
 arrow ETA-InfoTech, Bank Asia officials meet BoI chairman
Krishna Janardhan, CEO of ETA-InfoTech LLC of Dubai and chairman of ERA-InfoTech, and Erfanuddin Ahmed, SEVP of Bank Asia Ltd, made a courtesy call on Mahmudur Rahman, executive chairman of the Boardof
 arrow Citibank to give Tk 280m loan to United Leasing
Citibank NA Bangladesh will give a Tk 280 million loan to the United Leasing Company Limited (ULC).
 arrow BB auction
The 277th auction of treasury bills was held here yesterday.

A total of Tk 232.60 crore, Tk 5 crore, Tk 10 crore, Tk 25 crore, Tk 5 crore and Tk 20.

 arrow US-Canada row over mad cow origin
The US Agriculture Department said Saturday the Washington state dairy cow infected with mad cow disease had probably been imported from Canada but Canadian authorities called the statement premature.
 arrow S'pore issues set to cause fresh headaches for WTO in 2004
Four hot topics that helped to derail a World Trade Organisation meeting in Mexico last September look set to cause more trouble in 2004 as member states try to conclude a crucial round of global trade
Sportsarrow Football: No BU headway
Titans Moha-mmedan Spor-ting Club and Brothers Uni-on both left the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday feeling it was three points lost after their highly anticipated Western Union Premier
 arrow Cricket: 'The' Ricky ravages India
Ricky Ponting joined Don Bradman in the record books after scoring his third double-century of the year as Australia piled the misery on India in the third cricket Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
 arrow Cricket: 'It's all rubbish'
India team manager Shivlal Yadav said on Sunday a report that the side's tour of Pakistan in February was in doubt because of a player revolt over security issues was completely untrue.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis, Kirsten rewrite record
Jacques Kallis and Gary Kirsten shared a South African record fourth wicket partnership as the hosts continued to dominate the West Indies on the third day of the second Test at Kingsmead on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis corner Pakistan
A devastating six wicket bag by young speedster Ian Butler destroyed the Pakistan first innings and put New Zealand firmly in control of the second cricket Test at the Basin Reserve here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: No play on third day
Rain washed out the third day's play of the third round matches in Ispahani Tea Fifth National Cricket League at different venues in the country yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF select 25 for camp
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) called up 25 players for a residential camp to prepare for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-17 final round that will be held in Japan September next.
 arrow Cricket: A team's first one-day loss
Rajin Saleh and Shahriar Hossain both scored half-centuries but that was not enough as Bangladesh A team suffered their first defeat in the Patron's Cup in Pakistan yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: BD finish 3rd
Title aspirant Bangladesh finished third in the first junior AHF Cup hockey tournament beating hosts Singapore by 3-1 in a place-deciding match yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: V-Day v'ball
Bangladesh Navy overwhelmed defending champions Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) 25-23, 25-21 and 25-27 in the Victory Day Volleyball Championship at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting puzzled
Ricky Ponting says he was surprised that Sachin Tendulkar didn't come out to bat in his regular number four position as India lost a couple of early second innings wickets late on the third day of the
 arrow Chess: Reefat alone atop
International Master Reefat Bin Sattar maintained his solo lead with six points after the end of the sixth and seventh round games of the Leonine Grand Masters Chess tournament at the NSC Conference room
 arrow Chess: Ratinng chess
Fide Master Abu Sufian Shakil took the solo lead in the points table with maximum six points after the end of the sixth round games of the Prime Bank Sixth International Rating chess tournament at the
 arrow Football: Rahmatganj, Farashganj winners
Farashganj Sporting Club and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society won their respective Western Union First Division Football League matches at the Birshrestha Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamlapur yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Orient handball
A brilliant show by Rafique helped Narinda Progoti Boys Club to clinch the third spot in the Orient Bread Cup handball tournament as they outplayed Victoria Sporting Club 22-14 in the third place deciding
 arrow Football: Six-star Celtic
Chris Sutton and John Hartson both scored twice as Celtic battered 10-man Hibernian 6-0 at Parkhead to move 11 points clear of Rangers at the top of the Bank of Scotland Premier League.
 arrow Football: Lesson Ferdinand
One positive to come out of the Rio Ferdinand drugs case was that no player would miss taking a dope test again, Football Association (FA) chief executive Mark Palios said on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Navy to be made 3-dimensional force: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday pledged to turn the navy into a three-dimensional force equipping it with modern equipment.
 arrow Nat'l Institute of Kidney Diseases inaugurated
The National Institute of kidney Diseases and Urology, an educational institute and hospital, was inaugurated at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Harness renewable energy
Harnessing renewable energy sources can help the country face the development challenges of the new century and meet the growing need for energy.
 arrow Constant dialogue important to remove misunderstanding
Indian High Commissioner-designate to Bangladesh Veena Sikri paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
 arrow Botanical confce begins at JU today
The two-day Annual Botanical Conference begins at Jahangirnagar University (JU) today.
 arrow 21 to vie for each seat
Around 21 students will vie for each seat of the first year honours courses of Dhaka University under different faculties in 2003-04 academic session.
 arrow Hasina visits houses of army officers killed in plane crash
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited the houses of Lt. Col. SM Shamsul Arefin, Capt. M Raqibul Hasan and Capt. M Abdul Mabud who died in an air crash in Benin.
 arrow New Year's Eve party at hotel Sonargaon
RainbowForest presents a Countdown and Happy New Year's Eve Party at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on December 31.

The DJ Group of Japan will perform at the party which will continue till 5.

 arrow One dies in Ctg road accident
A meritorious student of Motijheel Government High School of Dhaka was killed in a road mishap at Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong on Saturday evening.
 arrow 65,932 tonnes of rice procured
Some 65,932 metric tons of rice and 5,678 tons of aman paddy have so far been procured by the government since the internal procurement began on November 15 across the country.
 arrow BUET admission test results published
Results of the admission test of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) for 2003-04 session was published yesterday.

Out of 3,774 candidates, 1,497 were selected for admission.

 arrow Comilla Journalists Forum meets
The Dhaka-based Greater Comilla Journalists Forum approved its constitution with amendments at a meeting on Friday, with its President Syed Akhtar Yusuf, chief reporter of the Ittefaq, in the chair, says
 arrow 1616 more held
Police arrested a total of 1,616 people, including three identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6am yesterday.
Nationalarrow PDB employees in 21 dists prepare for agitation
The simmering discontent among officials and employees of Power Development Board (PDB) in 21 districts under Barisal and Khulna divisions may erupt into a movement as the newly formed West Zone Power
 arrow Workers want election, 'vested quarters' want selection
Much enthusiasm has been created in the party rank and file centring the council of Barisal district and city units of BNP, scheduled to held tomorrow after 10 years.
 arrow Remove govt to stop political killings: Matia
People from 42 unions in Lalmonirhat district came to Aditmari to join a public meeting on Saturday to protest the murder of popular Union Parishad Chairman Shamsul Islam Suruz, an Awami League leader
 arrow No headway in probe into Ctg BCL leader Mortuza murder
There has been no headway in probe into the murder of Ali Mortuza Chowdhury, vice president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Chittagong University (CU), even in two years after the incident.
 arrow Road accidents claim 5 in Satkhira, Magura
Five persons were killed in separate road accidents in Satkhira and Magura on Saturday and Sunday.
 arrow Work on Someshowary bridge stalled
The construction work of two bridges in Durgapur upazila is yet to be completed.

As a result people in the border area have been facing an immense problem.

 arrow Rally for release of Citizen's Committee leader
People formed a human chain and held a rally in the town at the call of Gobindaganj Citizen Committee on Saturday demanding unconditional release of Abdul Matin Mollah, Convener of Gobindaganj Citizen
Culturearrow Mahfuzur Rahman Khan
It is rare not only in our country to get huge amount of awards for works behind the camera but also in the whole world.
 arrow Golam Mustafa's last serial goes on air from today
Eminent actor and reciter Golam Mustafa's last acted drama serial Amader Golpo will start on ntv from today.
 arrow CAT stages The Mission today
Saidus Saqlain's translated play The Mission is based on the novel The Light on the Galoge by Ana Segars.
 arrow Agontuk-2: Birth of new genre music
On November 25, G-Series came up with a new CD that has stirred great enthusiasm among the music lovers of the country.
Generalarrow Myanmar eager to take back citizens from Bangladesh
The Myanmar government is eager to take back its citizens from the refugee camps in Bangladesh as early as possible.
 arrow 'Provide rehabilitative jobs to eliminate child labour'
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday underscored the need for providing rehabilitative as well as preventive services to eliminate the worst form of child labour from.
 arrow Bomb explodes at shop in Khulna: Salesman injured
A powerful bomb exploded injuring a person seriously at a stationery shop in Khulna town on Saturday night.
 arrow Outlaw held, motorbike seized in Khulna
Joint forces seized a motorbike belonging to a leader of the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) from Rangpur union of Dumuria upazila on Saturday evening.
Internationalarrow Stench of death in Iranian quake zone
Iran's earthquake-devastated city of Bam was filled with the stench of death yesterday as top foreign rescuers warned hopes were fading for any more survivors from a disaster that killed at least 20,000
 arrow Kashmiri, Afghan groups blamed
Kashmiri and Afghan militant groups were behind the latest assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf, a Pakistani minister said yesterday.

"Both the suicide bombers have been identified.

 arrow US scales down plans for Iraq
Attacks on the US-led occupation and an accelerated timetable for Iraq's return to sovereignty have prompted the United States to scale down its ambitious agenda for remaking that country, the Washington
 arrow Overload causes Benin plane crash: Lebanon
Fifteen people injured in a plane crash off the west African nation of Benin returned home Saturday as the Lebanese Foreign Minister suggested that overloading may have caused the Christmas Day crash.
 arrow Saarc comes out of limbo
South Asian leaders are to meet here next week in a summit that raises hopes for cooperation in one of the world's most populous and poorest regions, marred by persisting tensions between India and Pakistan.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Peacekeepers die
We are deeply shocked to learn that 15 Bangladeshi peacekeepers, who were stationed in Sierra Leone and Liberia, died in a plane crash in Benin on Thursday.
 arrow Editorial: The habit of media bashing must stop
The fact that people will criticise the press is not only natural but also healthy.
 arrow The pipe dream of turning the Iraq war into a moral case!
A plethora of reasons was advanced by the American hawks to justify their war in Iraq. As soon as one argument for the invasion and occupation of Iraq collapsed they switched to another.
 arrow Nuclear fallacy
In December 2002 the United States accused Iran of launching a secret nuclear weapons programme, supporting the accusation by satellite images of two sites under construction in Natanz and Arak.
 arrow Civil society needs to be perked up right away
Of late, Dr. B. Chowdhury and Dr. Kamal Hossain hit the media world and appeared rather as new political phenomena of Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow 31st night
It is only two days, and we will see another new year. In the recent years we have noticed that following the modern western customs, massive celebrations take place on the new year's eve.
 arrow Who is he?
After the capture of Saddam Hussein, American president George W Bush is making some hilarious statements. He is asking for death penalty for the crimes that Saddam Hussein had committed.
 arrow Attempt on Musharraf's life
Within a span of ten days, two 'suicide' attempts have been made on the life of Pakistani President Gen. Parvez Musharraf. The president has been very lucky to escape death both the times.
 arrow NYT editorial unfairly smears Bangladesh
Dr. Ahmed's December 23 article regarding the editorial in the New York Times (Dec.
 arrow Mahasweta Devi is not the first
A photograph was published in The Daily Star (Dec 20), where noted Indian writer Mahasweta Devi was showing the medal of the French award 'Officer Des Arts et des Lettres' that she was just awarded.
 arrow Prevent corruption
For the third time, our dear country has been termed as the most corrupt country in the world.
 arrow A great sense of rumour!
Every time the AL leader Sheikh Hasina makes a comment, she reminds me of two other world leaders.
 arrow Squabbling officials at the PMO
Your correspondent deserves kudos for a fact revealing report "PM plans to shed her squabbling staff " ( December 26) on the state of things at the PMO.
 arrow "DS report on PM's visit to DU"
Referring the above mentioned letter by Dewan G Ahmed published in the DS (Dec26, 2003), I would like to express my views on it.

Although I don't completely disagree with Mr.

 arrow BJP and communalism
After reading a letter from MK Barua on this issue, I am hoping he or she is fairly knowledgeable about India and its current political affairs.
 arrow Ahmadiyya issue
It is with interest and shock that I read your article, 'Bigots demand bill declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims' (December 26, 2004).
 arrow How much they take from us?
The Daily Star on December 26, 2003 was packed in a cellophane cover when the hawker threw the paper at the gate of my house. I was a bit late to collect it from there.
 arrow Overbridge to ease traffic
Having returned from Delhi last week, I was impressed by the projects adopted to improve traffic problems inside the new city. The first was the smaller version of flyovers.
50 years of chemical engineering in Bangladesharrow Fifty years of chemical engineering profession in Bangladesh
Chemical Engineering as a distinct engineering discipline is now more than hundred years old.
 arrow Fifty years of chemical and allied industries in Bangladesh
Historically the development of chemical industries in the undivided Bengal started with the setting up of factories producing stynthetic dyes, bleaching, sizing chemicals, surface activate compoundsand
Star Healtharrow Leprosy elimination in Bangladesh: A success story
Leprosy is a common problem in our country. But most of our population is not aware of its easy treatment regimen and what is important for them to know is - this is a fully curable disease at all stages.
 arrow Frozen shoulder and its remedies
Have you ever been working out at the gym, pushing a heavy weight and heard a popping sound in your shoulder.
Star Cityarrow Fair for housing at fair price
It was a fair for those who dream of buying flats, plots, shops and commercial spaces in the city and December is the time for them to congregate at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow A ploy to pocket money?
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) plans to build at least 18 shopping malls demolishing structurally flawed kitchen markets in what shopkeepers say is a shady mechanism for windfall gains.
 arrow New Year knocking at the door
For Dhaka dwellers, New Year's celebrations can never be complete without exchanging greetings cards.
 arrow A day at Rehab fair
The Rehab Housing Fair 2003 concluded at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Saturday. The following organisations listed in the Rehab brochure participated in the four-day fair

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