80,000 health workers not paid for 4 months|
About 80,000 fieldworkers under the family planning wing of the health ministry have not received their salaries for the last four months.
Khaleda receives peacekeepers' bodies, as nation mourns today|
The bodies of 15 Bangladesh peacekeepers, killed in the December 25 air crash in Benin, arrive in Dhaka at about 4:00pm today instead of morning, as the last farewell to the officers by the West African
Iran quake toll may hit 50,000|
Some 50,000 people may have died in Friday's Iranian earthquake, officials told Reuters yesterday, as relief workers pleaded for more aid for survivors of one of the deadliest natural disasters of modern
Reviving a lost culture|
The unmistakably wild drumbeat thumps on the eardrum. And the strange trumpeting noise of a wind instrument.
Exports, imports show good signs|
Key variables influencing macro-economic performance have started off on a relatively strong footing during the first leg of the current fiscal year with a stable export growth and a record import ofcapital
AL turns to hartal to stunt uplift|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blasted Awami League (AL) for opting for destructive ways of hartals and other violent programmes with an intention to ruin the country and its economy.
Harkatul Jihad man gets life in arms case|
A Dhaka court in an arms case yesterday jailed for life Mufti Abdul Hannan Munshi of Harkatul Jihad, also believed to have links to planting explosives near the venue for a Gopalganj rally of former prime
Hasina wants to pay homage to dead army officials|
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed willingness to pay her last tribute to the 15 army officers who died in an air crash in Benin on
Mechanics to get pollution control training|
The government will launch a Tk 2 crore training programme for automobile workshops aimed at checking vehicular emission in Dhaka more effectively.
Musharraf gains powers with upper house nod|
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf won vast powers, including the authority to dismiss the elected government, yesterday as the Senate approved a set of sweeping constitutional amendments despite opposition
Cold wave claims nine in two days|
The cold wave sweeping over the country has claimed nine more lives and caught the poor, especially the homeless in the capital and other cities, cold.
US bolsters security for foreign airlines|
Foreign airlines risk being denied access to American airspace if they don't obey a new US directive that some international flights crossing over or headed to this country must carry an armed law enforcement
25 hurt as cops club AL procession|
At least 25 leaders and activists of the main opposition Awami League (AL), including former lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder, were injured as police charged batons on a party procession at Mirpur in the
Two lynched in city|
Two young men were beaten to death apparently in the same incident in the city's Madhya Badda area Monday night.
Limited ban on traffic on New Year's Eve|
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday slapped a limited ban on traffic movement in and around Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara and Dhaka University in a bid to avert any untoward incident on the New Year's
Eminent HR activist Barrister Salma Sobhan passes away|
Barrister Salma Sobhan, a lawyer, social worker and human-rights activist, died of a cardiac arrest at her Gulshan residence in the early hours of yesterday. She was 66.
Govt decision against Poush Mela protested|
Artists, intellectuals and journalists yesterday condemned and protested the government decision not to allow the Poush Mela Udjapan Parishad (PMUP) to celebrate Poush Mela ((winter fair)) at Ramna Batamul
Another tremor shakes Ctg|
Another mild tremor jolted the port city and its adjoining areas yesterday.
According to sources, the tremor, measuring 3.75 on the Richter scale, occurred at 11.
463 recruited by AL govt thru' 'nepotism'|
At least 463 persons were recruited through irregularities and nepotism by the then Awami League government, according to Shamsul Alam Praminik, chairman of the Jatiya Sangsad committee on the education
6 Ijtema devotees die in B'baria road accident|
Six people died and 40 others were injured when a bus carrying the homebound devotees from the Biswa Ijtema plunged into a roadside ditch at Budhonti on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway early yesterday.
India, Myanmar, Thailand run survey on mega highway project|
India, Myanmar and Thailand have conducted a survey in New Delhi on December 23 for the construction of a 1,360-km long highway connecting the three countries to expand trade, tourism and people-to-people
US winds down post-war Afghan operation|
US-led forces have ended their largest post-war operation in Afghanistan saying they have reduced the threat from militants during a key constitutional debate in Kabul.
City road accidents kill 2|
Two people were killed in as many road accidents at Farmgate and Nakhalpara in Tejgaon yesterday.
I can't think of a public rally at Feni without Hazari: Tofail|
Awami League central leader Tofail Ahmed speaking in favour of Joynal Hazari at a public meeting here yesterday said, "I cannot think of a public meeting in Feni without Hazari.
Accused in Kazi Aref murder case shot dead|
An accused in the murder of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader Kazi Arif Ahmed was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Amla Bazar in Mirpur upazila in the district last night.
International call charges slashed|
The government yesterday slashed to Tk 7.50 from Tk 40 a minute the charges for both fixed and mobile telephone to US and Canada.
Investigation starts to catch wrongdoers|
A joint committee yesterday started investigation to identify the companies that allegedly supplied documents to export ready made garments from third countries in the name of Bangladesh.
Political will needed to remove trade barriers|
The visiting Indian minister of state for commerce and industry has underscored the need for political will to eliminate trade barriers with Bangladesh.
Workshop for welfare funds for low-paid factory workers|
A prominent banker yesterday advised NGOs upholding workers' right to look for alternatives to traditional banks for generating small savings and welfare funds for low-paid factory workers, particularly
Market sees maturity in regulators' actions, investors' decisions|
The capital market showed signs of resilience and maturity in 2003 overcoming many ups and downs.
Striking steel mill owners resent Saifur's remark|
Striking owners of steel mills resented the remark of Finance Minister Saifur Rahman as he recently identified the steel and re-rolling industry as a major tax-dodger.
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 100 crore was received and that was accepted.
Janata Bank cuts interest rates again|
Janata Bank has again cut the rates of interest on loans and advances.
The interest rates have been cut to accelerate trade and commerce in the country, says a press release.
GP awards individual sales agents|
GrameenPhone Ltd has awarded all of its individual sales agents of Dhaka zone with Easy Gold Pre-Paid connection with handsets.
The awards were given in recognition of their excellent performance.
US-S'pore FTA comes into effect from January 1|
A free-trade agreement between Singapore and the United States, Washington's first with an Asian country, will come into force on Thursday, the Singapore trade ministry said.
India's South Asian currency plan to take years to achieve|
India's proposed single South Asian currency would foster trade and economic growth but it could be a long time before the region of 1.4 billion people gets its version of the euro, experts say.
D'mondi spoil Reds' day|
The draw-syn-drome, which has hit title conten-ders like a naugh-ty virus, struck Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra yesterday when tiny Dhanmondi Club came from two goals down to hold them 2-2 in a Western
Dhaka crash & slump|
Dhaka slumped to a massive 105-run defeat against Sylhet in the one-day competition of the Ispahani Tea Fifth National Cricket League yesterday.
Aussies draw level|
Australia defeated India by nine wickets to level the series 1-1 and set up an emotionally-charged farewell for skipper Steve Waugh in this week's final Test.
Easily done in the end|
Pakistan humiliated New Zealand by taking advantage of a break in the rain to polish off the second Test with ease Tuesday, cracking the final 28 runs inside four overs on the fifth and final day at the
Lara rules out whitewash|
West Indian captain Brian Lara ruled out a second successive whitewash defeat in South Africa after his team were beaten by an innings and 65 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead Monday.
Wait for him to come back|
Sachin Tendulkar's dramatic slump in the year gone by has acquired such serious proportions that many have even begun to joke about it.
BFF want Festival in Sylhet|
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has made a primary decision to hold the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Football Festival in Sylhet in April 2004 following a meeting at the Bangabandhu
Reefat's 2nd GM norm|
International Master Reefat-bin-Sattar finished the Leonine Grand Masters' Chess Tournament in grand style as he earned his much-needed GM norm beside clinching the title without losing a match.
Barisal zonal champions|
Barisal DSA emerged zonal champions in the National Under-13 Cricket Championship beating Bhola DSA by three-wickets in the final at local stadium yesterday.
WAPDA head for big total|
It was a long hard second day for Bangladesh A at the UBL ground in Karachi yesterday as Pakistan WAPDA piled up a huge 383 for four in the first innings of their four-day Patron's Trophy match.
V-Day volleyball final tomorrow|
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy moved into the final of the Victory Day Volleyball Champion-ship after beating their respective rivals at the Volleyball ground yesterday.
Cute h'ball on|
Narinda Pragoti Boys Club made a good start in the Cute Metropolis Premier Division Handball League beating Victoria SC by 25-15 in the opener at the Outer Stadium handball ground yesterday.
Shakil Rating chess champ|
Fide Master Abu Sufian Shakil clinched the Prime Bank Sixth International Rating Chess tournament title with a game to go at the NSC yesterday.
Pires the difference|
Robert Pires seventh goal in six meetings with Southampton was enough to see Arsenal maintain their unbeaten record in the Premiership this season as they came out 1-0 winners here on Monday against an
Moni Singh's anniversary of death today|
The 13th death anniversary of communist leader Comrade Moni Singh will be observed today with due respect.
600 telephone lines to remain disconnected at Mohammadpur|
About 600 telephone lines in Mohammadpur area from Asad Gate crossing to Mohammadpur bus stand will remain deactivated for five days from January 2 as the T&T authority will install underground cables
AL's oust-govt movement from January 10|
Awami League General Secretary Mohammad Abdul Jalil MP has said an "oust-government" movement will be launched from a public meeting at Paltan Maidan in Dhaka on January 10.
46 fishermen held by Indian coast guard from Bay|
Forty-six Bangladeshi fishermen, caught by Indian coast guard on December 23 from Bangladesh territorial waters in the Bay, are now in jail in India.
RU ignores UGC order, gives over Tk 2.5 cr subsidy on power a year|
The Rajshahi University authorities give over Tk 2.5 crore subsidy on electricity consumption on the campus every year, ignoring a UGC (University Grants Commission) directive to reduce the subsidy.
1484 arsenicosis patients in Satkhira|
Large scale arsenic contamination of tube-well water beyond the WHO permissible level has been detected in seven upazilas of the district.
10 hurt, 2 women missing as launch, trawler looted in Galachipa|
Ten people were injured and two women are missing as dacoits looted about Tk one lakh in cash and valuables from passengers of a launch and trawler in two incidents on Bora Gowrango river in Char Najir
8 firearms recovered in Rangamati: one held|
A youth was rounded up and eight firearms and huge ammunition were recovered from Naniarchar and Langadu upazilas (Uzs) on Saturday and Sunday.
Tussle over an abandoned house in Ctg|
Two organisations, one for the disabled and the other for women, had a tussle over occupation of an abandoned house here on Monday.
Journalist beaten at Pirojpur|
Shafiul Huq Mithu, Pirojpur correspondent of national daily Janakantha, was seriously injured when attacked by some miscreants activists at Pirojpur town on Sunday night.
Fog disrupts waterway service|
Dense fog in river routes delayed arrival of vessels to Barisal from different parts of the country by seven to eight hours Sunday night and on Monday.
The situation did not improve yesterday.
Hopes and concerns in the energy sector|
One would be horrified to hear that the energy sector in Bangladesh has become rudderless. Reportedly, it is now operating on borrowed impulses, at times misdirected by verbosity.
In a rapidly changing, increasingly uncertain, mostly unknown and developmentally uneven world, the establishment of realisable plans and programmes in the pursuit of creating initial conditions for meeting
Comrade Moni Singh|
In July 1952, I was instructed by the party's leadership to call a meeting of the journalist cell which would be attended by the party's General Secretary, Comrade Moni Singh and Comrade Sudhin Roy.
Dr Mazharul Islam|
Quite a few weeks have passed since I received the initial request to prepare a remembrance for my father's life story.
The year that was!|
An eventful year: Jaya Ahsan
2003 was a very busy year for me.
The play, Raktokarobi by Rabindranah Tagore, centers around a materialistic world, called 'Jaggapuri' (sacrificial ground) where there is only wealth and no touch of humanity.
Year of the dying sequels|
As the year comes to an end, Hollywood is still trying to shake off its 'hangover' from the year's upsets and the sleeper hits.
Air force to be modernised|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated to continue the government efforts for modernising the air force providing it with modern aircraft and other equipment.
Two to die, 10 get life|
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two persons to death and ten to life-term for killing a fruit trader in July in 2001.
DUTA polls today|
Election to the 15-member executive committee of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) will be held today.
ntv starts 24-hr transmission from tomorrow|
Country's fourth private television channel ntv (International Television Channel Limited) kicks off round the clock transmission from January 1, said a top official of the channel at a press conference
DUJ condemns attack on journalists|
Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday condemned the attacks on journalists in Feni and Pirojpur.
British troupe to present dance show tomorrow|
Akram Khan, a Bangladeshi-born British dancer and choreographer, will present a dance show in the city on January 1 and 2.
Dr Zafar Iqbal wins Sheltech Award|
Dr Zafar Iqbal, a noted science fiction writer and chairman of the department of computer science of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, has been selected for the Sheltech Award 2003.
Syria urges UN to help rid ME of nukes|
Syria pushed for a ban on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons in the Middle East Monday, using its final days on the UN Security Council to shine a spotlight on Israel's suspected nuclear arms.
'60 terrorist groups at work around world'|
Roughly 60 terrorist groups, many of which are expanding their access to home-made weapons of mass destruction, are operating worldwide, the National Defence Council Foundation reported.
Aid workers shift focus to wounded in Iran|
Aid workers sifting through the ruins of Iran's devastating earthquake said yesterday their operation had shifted from searching for survivors to treating the injured and homeless and burying the corpses
US favours Indo-Pak amity, says Powell|
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the US policy towards India and Pakistan and its attitude towards the Kashmir issue is one of "trying to turn our parallel improvement of relations with India
Iraq tightens security fearing attacks|
One Iraqi was killed and three were wounded last morning when a roadside bomb hit a US convoy in Baghdad, the military said, amid concern over renewed attacks timed for the New Year's holiday.
Gaddafi confirms dropping mass destruction arms|
Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi confirmed he has abandoned programmes of weapons of mass destruction, the head of the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) said here Monday after a meeting in Tripoli.
Saddam has his legal options for defence|
Even Saddam Hussein has legal options.
Toxic poultry feed|
Poultry feed is being produced through using tannery wastes without necessary treatment and sterilisation. The news has further lengthened the long list of public health hazards.
Admission season peaking|
It is called problem of admission, but we call it crisis of schools. Why we call it so, would be clear from a simple statistical analysis. There are 322 secondary-level schools in Dhaka city.
Seismic shift in Gaddafi's policy|
On 19th December, both the US President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that Libya's strongman Colonel Mu'ammar Gaddafi had agreed to destroy the weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
The motto of SAARC|
How close is policy to a heartbeat? To paraphrase a well-known adage: policy is a dish best eaten cold.
Cheers for South Asian cooperation|
Finally, the 12th summit of the seven south Asian countries is set to take place in Islamabad from January 4.
|Letters to Editor||
Monopolised cellphone business|
Cellphone service was launched in Bangladesh in 1989 by CityCell. Apparently, Bangladesh is an ideal country for cellphone business.
Former PM's observations|
This refers to a news item covering a former prime minister's address to a rally organised by Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers' Association at Paltan Maidan on December 26, 2003 (DS 27.12.2003).
An American year|
What a year it's been. I marched in disbelief as they went to war. I watched in trepidation as Saddam's statue was covered with an American flag, signifying an American endeavour.
Many years ago I had an argument with an American friend where I raised the issue of the US media's blind support for Israel.
How heartless we are....|
On Thursday December 25, 2003, in a tragic plane crash in Benin we lost 16 of our beloved people. They were army personnel representing Bangladesh in a UN mission in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Sufferings of pilgrims|
As a non-balloti pilgrim from Uttara area, I, accompanied by three of my colleagues, visited the Hajj camp medical centre at Ashkona on December 28, 2003 for taking meningitis vaccine which is a mustfor
Indian IT centres|
People who have a bit of IT knowledge must be aware of those "Indian franchised IT Centres". Let's call them IFIC for the time being.
NYT smear campaign|
Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed's article of 23 December on the NYT editorial smearing Bangladesh and Mr. Edward al Hussainy's views on it are worth commenting upon. The journalist in question, Mr.
First, I would like to express my deep shock and condolence to the bereaved families. There are no words to say to lessen their pain. Only those who have lost their dear ones can feel the pain.
Who is he?|
Thanks to Mr. Badal Habib for his letter published in The Daily Star on 29 December . I fully agree with him.
It is also my question to the UNO -- who is Mr.
Strike by travel agents|
I consider the strike called by the Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) from January 1, to protest reduction of agency commissions by airlines an irresponsible move.
BTV misses deadline. . .|
Star City (DS December 28, 2003) reports, "BTV satellite transmission could not meet the December 25 deadline, as the information ministry did not yet ink a deal with Asia Sat.
Net behind the screen|
LAST month Sirius Broadband introduced the region's first non-line-of-sight (NLOS) wireless internet access through portable customer premises equipment (CPE).
City-IT 2003 takes off|
THE long awaited fair for the tech junkies 'City-IT 2003' was inaugurated yesterday by Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, minister for commerce, at the BCS computer City, IDB Bhaban.
Crater may be blocking Mars probe signal|
SCIENTISTS trying to find Europe's Beagle 2 Mars probe ruled out weather problems and a faulty onboard clock for its five-day silence, but considered a new possibility Monday a crater that may be blocking
Workshop on Integrated Approach Towards Bridging Digital Divide|
ICTDP'B (ICT for Development Program, Bangladesh) organised a daylong workshop on Integrated Approach Towards Bridging Digital Divide on December 11 at Geneva, Switzerland at Geneva Palexpo (Venue for
Gonophone launches inter-network SMS service|
Gonophone Bangladesh Ltd. one of the leading Internet Service and ICT solution providers has launched a SMS gateway labeled Gonophone EasyPay, says a press release.
Piracy headache for CPA|
Organised gangs of pirates and miscreants have reportedly become active at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port.
The gangs frequently attack the cargo vessels anchoring there, sources said.
A Homage to Prof Khaled|
Professor Muhammad Khaled (1922-2003) was a role model for all aspiring journalists.
A Long Wait for Pension|
A visit to Pay & Cash Office of Bangladesh Railway in Chittagong during this time of the year is sure to get one stunned with a most pitiable sight.
Dirt, waste choke Dhanmondi Lake|
Dhanmondi Lake has become a contaminated site loaded with waste from hospitals and clinics and sewage from surface drains that are directly linked to its stagnant water.
High prices slow sales at Saarc fair|
Sale was not satisfactory despite a good number of people visiting the show, was the opinion of most stall owners at the Fifth South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Trade Fair 2003.
Losing way in 'X' files?|
Police seem reluctant to unravel the mystery cloaking the deaths of five children in a water tank of an under-construction building in a single midday tragedy on December 25, while keening rises among
Admission tests in govt schools Jan 10-14|
The 24 government schools in the city will hold admission tests between January 10 and 14.
Distribution of admission forms, which began on Saturday, will continue till January 7.
Printing of over 50 pc textbooks complete|
Printing of more than fifty per cent of textbooks for primary and secondary schools and madrassahs are complete and distribution of these books will begin next week, said National Curriculum and Textbook
Illegal market halts road expansion|
The expansion work on the Ring Road at Mohammadpur has not progressed for over a month despite two attempts by the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to evict an illegal market on its land.
Traffic snarl-up at Gulshan Circle 2|
The Gulshan circle 2 has become notorious for traffic congestion apparently because of the ignorance of drivers.