Volume 4 Number 213 Tue. December 30, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Poultry feed churned out from tannery waste
Traders in the city's Hazaribagh area are putting public health at great risk by producing poultry feed from tannery waste, keeping the government in the dark.
 arrow BB mulls ban on money transfer thru' courier
The central bank is going to ban money transfer through courier services following questions about the legality of such transactions and allegations of their misuse for hundi business.
 arrow Cop with alleged note forgery links escapes raids
A traffic constable believed to be the ringleader of a banknote forgery racket has been on the run since six of his accomplices were arrested with Tk 50,000 in fake bills in Dhaka on Saturday.
 arrow Tariff barriers should go before FTA deal
The visiting Indian minister of state for commerce and industry has favoured removal of tariff barriers with Bangladesh before signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries.
 arrow No let-up in cold snap soon
The cold snap sweeping across Bangladesh is likely to continue for at least two more days when temperatures will dip further and drifts of smog will hang in the air amid overcast conditions.
 arrow Akheri Munajat offered
Millions of people from home and abroad including top national leaders offered Akheri Munajat (concluding supplication) at the end of Biswa Ijtema at Tongi yesterday.
 arrow Nat'l Mourning Day tomorrow
The government yesterday declared December 31 the national mourning day for 15 peacekeepers, killed in a plane crash in the West African country of Benin on Thursday.
 arrow 8 abducted in Rangamati
Eight activists supporting the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord were abducted by armed miscreants from Kattali area under Langadu upazila of the district yesterday morning, security and local
 arrow Saifur against TU in central bank
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday opposed trade unionism (TU) in the central bank but supported the idea of disciplined trade union activities in nationalised commercial banks (NCBs).
 arrow Bishops join in Blair-bashing
Two church leaders have blasted British Prime Minister Tony Blair for going to war in Iraq, with one bishop saying he and US President George W Bush acted like "a bunch of white vigilantes".
 arrow Critical work on Sangu goes on to up gas supply
The offshore Sangu gas field is undergoing a critical development work to meet a higher gas supply demand during the lean season from January to March next, sources said.
 arrow Peaking political violence worries leaders
The rising trend of political killings witnessed in recent months has eroded public confidence in the law and order in the country.
 arrow Lower house votes to lessen power of Musharraf
Pakistan's lower house has passed a constitutional amendment weakening President Pervez Musharraf's powers to dismiss the government, after he agreed to water down his authority to end a paralysing political
 arrow Grim line of death at mass graveyard
The graveyard stretches as far as the eye can see.
 arrow New ISD code from today
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board introduces today a new ISD code -- 012 instead of 00 -- bringing down the charge to Tk 7.50 a minute for fixed phone calls to US and Canada.
 arrow Tremor jolts Ctg
A mild tremor shook the port city and its adjoining areas in the early hours yesterday.

The 25-second quake, measured at 5.41 on the Richter scale, jolted the south-east part of the country at 12.

 arrow 'Time bomb' found near BNP leader's house
A 'bomb' fitted with electrical wire, battery and a clock was recovered from just outside the house of Dumki Union Parishad Chairman and union BNP President Md Yunus Howlader in Patuakhali Sunday morning,
 arrow Sonadanga OC closed for neglect of duty
The officer-in-charge of Sonadanga Police Station, Farhad Hossain, has been closed to Boyra Police Lines yesterday for neglect of duty and failure to stem rise in crimes including failure to nab outlaws.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Ministry of Commerce has contradicted a report headlined 'Poor business climate drying up FDI flow commerce minister tells CPD-FBCCI dialogue' published in The Daily Star Monday, and said the report
 arrow Correction
A report headlined 'Intelligence unit to check VAT dodge: Collection up by record 70pc in Jul-Nov,' published in The Daily Star Monday, inadvertently cited that VAT collection during the July-November
 arrow India possesses over 50 nuke devices: US
An independent task force co-sponsored by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society has claimed that India possesses between 50 to 100 nuclear devices and can fire nuclear weapons
 arrow Biman's Hajj flights start tomorrow
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will start its Hajj flights tomorrow, according to a press release.
 arrow Five outlaws arrested in Khulna
Five armed cadres of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) were arrested in Dumuria upazila of the district on Sunday night.
 arrow Drivers protest move to ban rickshaws on city roads
Rickshawpullers yesterday protested a government move to make five city roads off-limits to rickshaws in phases.
 arrow US troops kill 3 suspected of al Qaeda links
US forces said they had killed three suspected members of a group linked to al Qaeda in a gunbattle in Iraq, and US allies Thailand and Bulgaria vowed their soldiers would stay on despite coming under
 arrow Cab driver killed at Ramna
A taxicab driver was killed as his car smashed into a traffic island near Kakrail in Ramna yesterday.
Businessarrow Corruption rated top barrier to business
Corruption, inefficient bureaucracy, inadequate infrastructure, crime, policy instability and access to financing are the top barriers to business in Bangladesh, a survey on business firms reveals.
 arrow Bangladesh can earn $1.5b from shrimp export: US envoy
US ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas Sunday underscored the need for quality maintenance of shrimps and assured frozen foods exporters of extending cooperation in developing the shrimp industryof
 arrow Khosru urges developers to go beyond cities
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has urged developers to expand their activities outside metropolitan areas.
 arrow FBCCI starts trade visit to Pakistan Thursday
A business team of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) starts a weeklong visit to Pakistan on Thursday to explore trade and investment possibilities there.
 arrow Factories not ready for ISO 14001 certification
The majority of Bangladeshi industrial units are not preparing for the ISO 14001 certification, an international environmental standard, which could drive them out of the global market after 2004, a workshop
 arrow Dollar hits new high against taka
The US dollar hit its another record low against the euro but shot up to its record high against Bangladesh taka in inter-bank yesterday due to strong dollar-buying sentiment after a series of holidays.
 arrow Pubali Bank, United Leasing sign agreement
Pubali Bank Limited and United Leasing Co Ltd recently signed an agreement on Tk 150 million for credit line.
 arrow CNG filling station owners to form assoc
Owners of compressed natural gas (CNG) filling and conversion workshops have decided to form an association titling Bangladesh CNG Filling and Conversion Owners Association.
 arrow Qatar Airways to lease three Airbuses
Qatar Airways will lease three Airbus A330-200 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), says a press release.
 arrow DHL Taiwan facilities get certification from TAPA
DHL has received 'A' certification from the Technology Asset Protection Association (TAPA) Asia for five of its key facilities in Taiwan, following the recent award of 'A' certification to its Kaohsiung
 arrow Pride motorcycle
Pride Japan-Bangladesh Limited, a joint venture company, has introduced "Pride" brand motorcycle in local market recently.
 arrow MCCI holds AGM today
The 99th annual general meeting (AGM) of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) will be held today.
 arrow Singer refrigerator buyer wins a car
Singer Bangladesh Limited has handed over key of a 1300 cc car as prize of its two and a half month long campaign at a simple ceremony in Dhaka.
 arrow New MD of BASIC Bank
AH Ekbal Hossain joined BASIC Bank Limited as managing director (current charge) on Wednesday.
 arrow Janata Bank holds meeting
Murshid Kuli Khan, managing director of Janata Bank, held a meeting with the regional heads and branch managers of Dhaka city and Narayanganj in Dhaka on Sunday.
 arrow Emirates, Sankhya sign deal
Emirates has signed a multi-million dollar deal with Sankhya, an Indian IT company, to supply a comprehensive training manage-ment system for its flight crew.
 arrow Rise of euro may force ECB to revise inflation forecast
The rise of the euro against the dollar means that the European Central Bank will have to review its growth and inflation forecasts, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Monday.
 arrow Japan rejects US plea for early withdrawal of beef ban
Japan on Monday rejected a call from the United States for the early lifting of a ban on imports of its beef following America's first case of mad cow disease.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka still lead
All matches on the final day of the Ispahani Tea Fifth National Cricket League ended as draws but the real losers were leaders Dhaka as they dropped their first points in the longer-version form of the
 arrow Football: Badda frustrate Abahani
Leaders Abahani missed a chance to take a clear lead in the Western Union Premier Division Football League when they were held to a goalless draw by Badda Jagarani Sangsad at the Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Cricket: Aussies' target 95 runs
Australia need 95 runs for a series-levelling victory after wearing down India's dogged middle order in the third cricket Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Keep him away from runs'
Fast bowler Brad Williams says his Australian teammates are working at keeping Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in his form slump.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan slows the slide
West Indian vice-captain Ram-naresh Sarwan slowed South Africa's march to victory when he hit an unbeaten 95 on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib clips Kiwi wings
Pakistan were just 28 runs away from victory against New Zealand after Shoaib Akhtar ripped through the host's batting taking six wickets on the fourth day of the second Test on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: CA decides on Zim tour later
Australian cricket officials have yet to decide their stance on next year's tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Sarker shines but A falter
Despite A fighting 64 by captain Hannan Sarker Bangladesh A were bowled out for 166 in their first innings on the opening day of their four-day Patron's Trophy match against Pakistan WAPDA at the UBLground
 arrow Chess: Reefat becomes GM chess champ
International Master Reefat-bin-Sattar confirmed the title of the first Leonine Grand Masters Chess Tournament with a game to go at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Shakil stays on the top
FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil maintained his solo lead in the Prime Bank Sixth International Rating Chess Tournament points table with maximum points at the end of the seventh round games yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Second batch's poor practice
The Pakistan-bound second batch of Bangladesh A team players suffered a five-wicket defeat against the Bangladesh Under-19 squad in a limited-overs practice match at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ drop Harris for one-dayers
The New Zealand cricket selectors Monday dropped veteran all-rounder Chris Harris and opener Lou Vincent from the squad for the upcoming one-day series against Pakistan.
 arrow Salahuddin & Zahid pair of the year
Md Salauddin and Md Zahid Hossain became 'bridge pair of the year 2003' in the Quazi Abdul Alim Memorial Trophy scoring 579 points.
 arrow Football: A Red and Blue New Year
Manchester United and Chelsea ensured their New Year celebrations will go with a swing after rounding off their 2003 match schedules with victories on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Russian eyes on MU!
One of the founders of Russian oil and gas giant Lukoil is considering a takeover bid for English soccer Premiership champions Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Monday.
 arrow Football: Hitzfeld next England boss?
Ottmar Hitzfeld is the preferred candidate as the next England manager should Sven-Goran Eriksson decide to step down, the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Figo brushes off Premiership link
Real Madrid's Portuguese international midfielder Luis Figo has denied media reports that English giants Chelsea and Manchester United have made offers to sign him on next year.
Metropolitanarrow Dr Kamal for common platform of AL, 11-Party
Eminent lawyer and President of Gono Forum Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday reiterated his appeal to forge a broad unity among democratic, progressive and secular parties to ensure socio-economic emancipation
 arrow AL accuses PM of 'false campaign'
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil in a statement yesterday alleged that the prime minister resorted to "false campaign" against Awami League to cover up her "miserable failure" in developingthe
 arrow JCD leaders asked to excercise utmost restraint
Leaders of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, yesterday said accountability of the leadership has been established in all tiers of the party.
 arrow JU Day celebrations begin Jan 12
A five-day programme celebrating the Jahangirnagar University (JU) Day will begin on the campus on January 12.
 arrow BCL calls strike at CU tomorrow
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday called a strike at Chittagong University for tomorrow to press home its demand for immediate arrest and trial of the killers of its leader Ali Mortuza Chowdhury.
 arrow WTC earth-breaking ceremony in Jan
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will hold the earth-breaking ceremony of World Trade Centre (WTC) in the port city next month.
 arrow Death of 15 army officers condoled
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Primary and Mass Education Prof Jahanara Begum in separate messages yesterday condoled the death of 15 army officers in a plane
 arrow 'Health sector given top priority'
State Minister for Jute Lutfor Rahman Azad yesterday said the four-party alliance government gave top priority to the health sector to ensure better health services for rural people.
 arrow Seminar on gas exploration at Khulna varsity
A national seminar on 'The potential impact of oil and gas exploration in Block-5 on the Sundarban ecosystem' will be held at the Khulna University auditorium today.
 arrow Computer club opens at CU
A computer club styled as 'Projukti Projonmo' (generation of technology users) was launched on the Chittagong University (CU) campus yesterday.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof.

 arrow Mukherjee meets Khosru
Indian State Minister for Commerce and Industries S B Mukherjee called on Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury at his secretariat office yesterday.
 arrow Tauhidul Islam joins DESA as member
Md Tauhidul Islam has joined the Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (DESA) as its member (engineering & commercial) recently, says a press release.
 arrow New Year celebration at Sheraton
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel is going to celebrate the New Year in a razzle-dazzle way, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Guest bird hunting on
Sale of guest and wild birds by poachers and traders are going on in full swing in the district due to non-enforcement of law.
 arrow Life at standstill, arson survivors scared to return to Shilpara
Life is yet to return to normalcy in Sadhanpur Shilpara in Banshkhali upazila where 11 people of a family were burnt to death.
 arrow Lathials arbitrate crimes in 'courts', police say law and order 'good'
Nearly 30,000 people of Char Zahiruddin of Bhola are now virtually hostage in the hands of a Lathial Bahini (armed musclemen) patronised by the local Union Parishad chairmen.
 arrow BNP leader snatches minister's microphone to declare his candidature
A local BNP leader snatched the microphone from a minister to declare his candidature in the upcoming Mundumala municipality elections, ending the meeting in a chaos.
 arrow The giant silo to remain unutilised
Food grains will not be stored at Barisal C S D warehouse from next month.
 arrow Alliance govt pushes country towards ruination: Tofail
Awami League (AL) presidium member Tofail Ahmed told that the Alliance Government had pushed the country towards ruination where killing, rape and abduction became a regular feature.
 arrow A demand finally met
A long-time demand of the townspeople have been fulfilled with commissioning of the water treatment and supply plant at Gopalganj.
 arrow No headway in charge framing in Zahida murder case in Magura
Little headway was made in framing charges in the sensational college girl Zahida rape and murder case even after one and a half years of the incident.
 arrow 6-month training programme for midwives
A six-month training programme for midwives started here at the Family Welfare Visitors' Training Institute here on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Year-end thoughts
The Year 2003 has been a tumultuous year. The year ends with the capture of the former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Foreign Direct Investment
Foreign investment can take two forms. Foreign equity investors can simply buy a stake in an enterprise or take direct interest in its management.
 arrow Why insurance assumes importance in our life?
The people in this part of the world have possibly not fully aware of the utility of insurance like those in Europe and America.
Culturearrow An aura of romance around the ordinary
Map photo Agency's recent photo exhibition at La Galerie contained perceptive images of Bangladesh in black and white. It was initiated by Chhinnamukul Bangladesh.
 arrow Songs of yesteryears by Srijon
The only way to establish the Bangla cultural trend and to prevent cultural aggression is the practice of regular cultural activities'--with this slogan, cultural organisation Srijon arranges eveningsoiree
 arrow Dead Letter
In Chandan Sengupta's play Dead Letter, we get the story of three vagabonds--Auviram, Sripad and Manoda, who meet together at a place where post-office authority throws letters having no specific address.
 arrow Bachchu chats with 200 fans on Close-Up Music Zone
Rock star Ayub Bachchu participated in an intimate chat with 200 of his fans from all over the world on December 23 at the Close-up Music Zone, the latest rendezvous for lovers of Bangla music, says a
Generalarrow 15 injured in Faridpur clash
Fifteen people were injured, four of them seriously, when two groups were locked in a clash yesterday morning at village Charbalashia of Sadarpur upazila in the district.
 arrow Govt college teachers' team calls on Milon
A 30-member delegation of principals, vice-principals and senior teachers of different government colleges yesterday called on State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon at his secretariat office
 arrow Int'l confce on trade union rights begins today
A two-day international conference on "Trade Union Rights" begins at the BARC auditorium here today.
 arrow Int'l workshop on internet infrastructure begins today
A four-day International Workshop on Distributed Internet Infrastructure for Education and Research (IWIER 2003) begins at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) today.
 arrow Law Association executives
Aminur Rashid Khan and Sheikh Ali Ahmed Khokan have been elected president and general secretary respectively of Bangladesh Law Association (BLA) for 2004.
Internationalarrow Libya in early nuke stage
The UN nuclear chief said yesterday that his visits to four once-secret nuclear sites proved that Libya had been in the early stages of a weapons programme before it dismantled its efforts.
 arrow Quake survivors endure cold, sleepless nights
Aid supplies and rescue workers flowed into Bam yesterday, but survivors of the devastating earthquake were losing hope of finding loved ones after another sleepless, bitterly cold night.
 arrow Looters hamper Iranian quake aid efforts
Widespread looting is hampering international efforts to bring aid to the southeast Iranian city of Bam and prevent disease spreading following a huge earthquake in which some 30,000 people are feared
 arrow Suicide attack in Kabul: 7 killed
Remnants of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban claimed responsibility yesterday for a suicide attack in Kabul that killed five security officials and two bombers, and vowed to launch a fresh wave of violence
 arrow Another regional ally quits BJP-led govt
A four-member regional party decided yesterday to pull out of India's ruling Hindu nationalist coalition to protest against the continued imprisonment of one its leaders.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Land grabbing
In a startling disclosure, the parliamentary standing committee on the land ministry has said that encroachers have taken control of government land worth more than Tk 70,000 crore-- indeed a staggering
 arrow Editorial: Buriganga again
Buriganga's once clear water is now black. It smells so bad that one cannot stand on its banks for long.
 arrow The 'Hassans' with hunger
"Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization" is an interesting and insightful book -- the theme being global, national and local connections between food, the environment, and civil
 arrow Beyond cash-on-camera scam: The return of feudalism
Mr Dilip Singh Judev must be one of India's freakiest individuals, even by the standards of thick-skinned politicians.
Letters to Editorarrow Attention BTTB
I have been facing difficulty in receiving faxes from abroad in the last two and a half months.
 arrow Japan and Iraq
After dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed thousands of people and the occupation of Japan by the USA in 1945 that followed, we saw and found the label of 'made in occupied
 arrow Education fair or trade fair?
This year an education fair was held at Sheraton Hotel in Dhaka, organised by the SSBCL. I was eagerly waiting for this fair for a couple of months.
 arrow Speedbreaker
The Second Gate is situated in the Agargaon area, near Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University where every day students have to cross the road risking their lives.