Volume 4 Number 221 Wed. January 07, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Saarc states sign Safta, protocol on terrorism
South Asian leaders concluded a landmark summit yesterday that approved a far-reaching document committing Saarc member countries to a series of new steps to tackle terrorism and signed an agreement on
 arrow PCJSS begins 120-hr road blockade Jan 19
The Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) announced yesterday a 120-hour road-blockade programme in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) from January 19 to press home its four-point demands.
 arrow Opposition begins string of anti-govt actions from today
A series of anti-government agitation programmes is set to begin today affecting normal life and economic activities across the country.
 arrow Khaleda calls summit watershed in coop
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has described as a watershed the South Asia summit that brought Indian and Pakistani leaders face to face for the first time since near-war and created a free trade zone.
 arrow India, Pakistan agree Kashmir talks in Feb
Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan reached a breakthrough agreement yesterday to open talks and said they were confident of settling their dispute over Kashmir which brought them to the brink ofwar
 arrow 38 more die from cold wave in 48 hrs
At least 38 people died in the last 48 hours from the cold wave that swept much of Bangladesh with chill wind and heavy fog.
 arrow Misery still lingers for bullet-hit Garo boy
Misery seems endless for Utpal Nakrek, a teenage indigenous boy who took a bullet on his back while protesting a government move to convert Modhupur forest into a national park on Saturday last.
 arrow B Chy finally says he is floating party
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury said that he does not believe in unconstitutional means to wrest power and that he will float his political party to carry on his campaigns.
 arrow Transport strike at Benapole called off
Transport workers at Benapole land port withdrew their indefinite strike last night ending a weeklong standstill that caused huge financial losses to the country's exporters and importers.
 arrow 'Kona bribed Judge Shahidur'
Two Supreme Court lawyers yesterday told the Supreme Judicial Council that Nasim Sultana Kona bribed High Court Additional Judge Syed Shahidur Rahman Tk 50,000 to fix bail for an accused in a women repression
 arrow Govt pledges protection to UNDP in CHT works
The government yesterday promised the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) full protection and support for implementation of a development project the UN body has initiated in the Chittagong Hill
 arrow Govt pushing opposition to point of no return: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said acts of political vengeance of the BNP-Jamaat-led ruling coalition are pushing the opposition to the
 arrow AL office, leaders' homes attacked in Bhola
Miscreants yesterday vandalised an Awami League (AL) office in Gangapur union under Borhanuddin upazila in Bhola, ransacked some houses and manhandled five relatives of former minister Tofail Ahmed in
 arrow Tigers will miss Waugh
The departure of Steve Waugh from the international cricket scene after the final Test in Sydney against India yesterday bore special significance for two among his legion of admirers in Bangladesh.
 arrow HC rejects IGP's apology petition
The High Court yesterday rejected the petition of the inspector general of police (IGP) offering apology for his 'insolent and contemptuous' remarks about a judge and decided to hear the case on its merit.
 arrow Nothing short of govt apology will work: AL
The Awami League (AL) wants the government to meet its three demands for apologies, including one by the prime minister, to pave the way for the main opposition's return to parliament, Deputy Leader of
 arrow N Korea offers to halt nuke production
North Korea offered yesterday to refrain from producing nuclear weapons as a "bold concession" to rekindle talks over its arms programmes.
 arrow Sumita Devi passes away
Veteran film actress Sumita Devi yesterday expired at a private hospital at 10:00am.
 arrow Coated in dust...

 arrow One hacked to death, garment worker killed in accident in city
Miscreants hacked a man to death at Tejkunipara in Tejgaon on Monday while a garment worker was killed in a road accident in cantonment area yesterday.
 arrow Ctg mayor granted ad-interim bail in graft case
A court here yesterday granted ad-interim bail to city Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in a graft case.
 arrow Boat dropped from police emblem
The police emblem in vogue since independence has been changed removing the boat that symbolises a particular political party.
 arrow Quorum crisis dissolves yet another JS body meet
The scheduled meeting of the public undertaking committee of the Jatiya Sangsad was adjourned yesterday due to quorum crisis.

Of the 10 members of the committee, three must attend to make a quorum.

 arrow 4 cops closed at Raozan
Four cops were closed for neglect of duty that led to the escape of an arrested criminal from hospital yesterday.
 arrow Justice Aziz elevated to Appellate Division
Justice MA Aziz has been elevated to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court evoking sharp criticism from a section of the lawyers.

He takes oath at 10:30am today.

 arrow Judgement against Sikder in Khaled murder case stayed for 4 weeks
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed its earlier order and judgement against Ershad Sikder for four weeks in Khaled murder case.
 arrow Navy man held in India
Petrapole immigration authorities of India have arrested an officer of the Bangladesh Navy suspecting him as an agent of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, the Anandabazar Patrika of Kolkata
Businessarrow Bank business sees uptrend in 2003
The nationalised and private commercial banks witnessed a hefty business in 2003 as they made a total operating profit of Tk 2,110 crore.
 arrow Help bring in quality cos in capital market
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sought help from merchant banks for improving its screening process required to bring in quality companies in the capital market.
 arrow Taiwanese co set to enter local cellphone set market
Taiwan's largest cellular and cordless phone producer DBTEL is set to enter the telephone handset market in Bangladesh.
 arrow Shrimp exporters suggest certification at every stage
To avoid any adverse situation in shrimp exports, the whole chain of the industry from production of fry to shipment of processed shrimp should be brought under strict surveillance and certification process,
 arrow FBCCI suggestions likely today to end strike
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) may submit a set of recommendations to the finance ministry today to end the on-going strike in re-rolling and steel mills.
 arrow Dollar hits new high against taka
The US dollar hit new high against taka at 60.00 in inter-bank trade yesterday due to strong demand from importers and corporate bodies.
 arrow SEC fines MD of Rupon Oil
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has imposed a fine of Tk 1 lakh to the managing director of Rupon Oil and Feeds Ltd, as the company failed to comply with the securities related laws.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The inter-bank money was steady yesterday as most banks could overcome their cash problems, fund managers said.

The call money rate touched its intra-day high at 8.

 arrow Blenders active in tea sale
Blenders once again operated strongly with increased support from the loose tea buyers. Pakistan buyers were equally active whilst there was some buying on account of CIS.
 arrow Nipun Crafts declares 15pc discount in anniversary sale
Nipun Crafts Ltd, fashion house, has declared a 15 percent discount for all its products and attractive gift voucher for customers.
 arrow Import declines in November
Imports slumped by 13 percent or Tk 741 crore in November from the level of October 2003 in terms of opening letters of credit (LCs) with banks.
 arrow New DMD of First Security Bank
Mohiuddin Ahmed has been promoted to the rank of deputy managing director of the First Security Bank Limited.
 arrow Vietnam's shrimp industry fights back at US charges
Vietnam's shrimp industry said Tuesday it has hired a US law firm to fight anti-dumping complaints filed by American shrimp producers, as state media unleashed a furious tirade against US protectionism.
Sportsarrow Cricket: In style Steve goes
Steve Waugh went out with a blazing 80 in his farewell Test innings as Australia salvaged a draw and denied India a first-ever series victory in Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
 arrow Cricket: It doesn't get any better
For Australia's cricket hero Steve Waugh his final day as a Test cricketer was as good as it gets.
 arrow Cricket: Praise back home
Former Test players have hailed India's shock 1-1 result against world champions Australia as one of their greatest achievements in Test history.
 arrow Indian stars salute him
India's leading players have paid tribute to Steve Waugh after the Australia captain bowed out of international cricket on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Fielding still his priority
You can take it as you like, but for Trevor Chappell it's just another job. From being the all in all to be an aide-de-camp is nothing but just another task for the Australian.
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet score big win
Hosts Sylhet claimed their second successive win in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League to take over top spot after crushing Barisal by nine wickets yesterday.
 arrow Football: Russell thank Milon
Surprise package Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra stayed jointly atop the Western Union Premier Division Football League standings with a solitary goal win over Victoria Sporting Club at the Sher-e-BanglaNational
 arrow Cricket: PIA plunder A team
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) piled up 353 for six against Bangladesh A in the four-day Patron's Trophy match at the Quaid-e-Azam Park in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia still tops: Saurav
India may have dominated their four-match cricket series with Australia, in skipper Saurav Ganguly's eyes, but Australia are still the number one team in Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Windies safe
West Indian captain Brian Lara and vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan steered their side to safety with a sterling 156-run partnership on the fifth and final day of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar relief for NZ?
New Zealand's bid for a rare 2-0 series lead over Pakistan received a boost Tuesday with dangerman Shoaib Akhtar almost certain to miss the second one-day international.
 arrow Football: MU's 'massive' match
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects his Premiership leaders to be involved in a "massive match" at Bolton on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow 'JCD won't allow AL to destroy democracy'
BNP lawmaker KM Obaidur Rahman accused the Awami League of trying to destroy democracy as it declared that the democratic government would be toppled by March-April.
 arrow JCD activists assault DU student
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists assaulted a student of Dhaka University yesterday for refusing to take part in their procession marking its silver jubilee celebrations.
 arrow Brigade group leaves for Liberia
The second team of Bangladesh Brigade group left the country in a UN-chartered plane on Monday to join the United Nations Mission of Liberia (UNML).
 arrow Direct Hajj flight from Ctg begins today
The first direct Hajj flight of Bangladesh Biman Airlines between Chittagong and Jeddah begins today.
 arrow Political Science Assoc seminar on Jan 17
Bangladesh Political Science Association (BPSA) will hold a seminar titled 'Bangladesh politics: Current state and future directions' in the city on January 17, says a press release.
 arrow Journalist mugged
Muggers snatched the purse, mobile phone and wristwatch of Abul Mansur, shift-in-charge of the New Age, at Rampura in the early hours of yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tougher programme if police do not accept case, AL leaders say
Tension is mounting in the opposition political camp as police allegedly declined to accept cases from Awami League (AL) against ruling BNP men, centring clashes here during Saturday's AL-called countrywide
 arrow Newsmen beaten at PSTU for 'one- sided, negative news', JCD leaders say
The Vice Chancellor of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) and JCD leaders during a frank discussion with journalists on Monday said Saturday's beating of PSTU correspondents of two national
 arrow 'BNP, AL cannot protect interest of toiling masses'
Both the ruling BNP and the opposition Awami League acted alike, because the major parties never protected the interest of farmers, workers and aborigines.
 arrow Tk 87.20 cr drainage project work begins in Kushtia
The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has taken up a Tk 87.
 arrow 10 rescued from captors in Sundarbans handed over to relatives
Ten Bangladeshi tourists rescued by Joint Forces from abductors in the Sundarbans on Monday were handed over to their relatives yesterday in presence of Deputy Inspector General of Police Aziz Sarkarand
 arrow Shibir sells RU admission forms
The Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadres were found to sell the forms of admission test of the university for the 2003-2004 session illegally on the campus on Sunday.
 arrow BNP activist killed in Khulna
A BNP activist was hacked to death at Icegati village under Rupsha upazilla on Saturday night.

The victim was identified as Kamrul Islam Babu,25, son of Akbar Sheikh of the same village.

 arrow Attestation Parade held in Ctg
The Attestation Parade of the 61st batch of new recruits (Artillery) was held recently at Shaheed Nazmul Haq Parade Ground at Artillery Centre and School (AC&S), Halishahar in Chittagong, according to
 arrow Three drug peddlers held in Netrakona
Netrakona Sadar thana police arrested three illegal drug traders from Barabazar area in the town on Monday night.

Police also recovered a country made gun, hemp, heroin and Phensidyl from theirpossession.

 arrow Man killed in B'baria road accident
One person was killed and five others were injured in a road accident at Gajuria village on Brahmanbaria-Comilla highway under Sadar upazila on Monday morning.
 arrow Man killed by bus in Lalmonirhat
A man was killed and two others were injured when a Rangpur-bound bus from Kurigram knocked them at Barobari in the Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow New committee of Bandarban Press Club
A new executive committee of Bandarban Press Club for 2004-'05 was formed with Md Badsha Mia as President and Aminul Islam as General Secretary (GS).
 arrow PBCP claims responsibility
The Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has claimed the responsibility of murder of Rupsha thana Jubo League leader Nazrul Islam.
 arrow Pro-AL panel sweeps SUSTTA polls
The pro-Awami League panel swept the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Teachers Association (SUSTTA) election held Monday.
 arrow Muniria Tablig confce on Jan 12
A conference of Muniria Tablig Committee, Bangladesh will be held here on January 12.

Sayed Tofazzal Ahmed Muniri and principal of Kagtia Eshatul Ulum Alia Madrasa Sayed Md.

 arrow Interest free loans for retarded
The Sundarganj Upazila Social Service Department has disbursed Tk 82,000 interest free loans among 28 physically handicapped people under a rehabilitation programme.
Point-Counterpointarrow Iraq occupation reveals thwarted ambition
Several weeks ago I read an interesting book: The New Rulers of the World written by an eminent journalist-cum-documentary filmmaker John Pilger, an Australian, who now lives in London.
 arrow The third force: A myth of yesterday or a reality for tomorrow?
There is an ancient proverbial saying that: "A moribund society produces its own grave diggers.
 arrow Hijab controversy in France
Again a controversy has been raging in France on the question of wearing hijab i.e. head-scarf in schools by Muslim girls. This controversy had erupted a few years ago but had died down.
Culturearrow Adieu to a great actress
Legendary actress of the 1960s Sumita Devi passed away yesterday at 9:40 am at the Bangladesh Medical Hospital after a long period of suffering from brain haemorrhage.
 arrow Bhutan, an act of offering
The paintings, photographs and artifacts that went into the making of the exhibition "Bhutan, an act of offering", seen recently at Alliance Francaise, made one stand and ponder.
 arrow Mystic, Rings among producers' picks
Two tales of Civil War redemption and the last installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy were among the nominees for best movie of 2003 announced Monday by the Producers Guild of America.
 arrow Diana ad fetches Kidman $2 mn
In what is believed to be the most lucrative advertising deal ever, Oscar-winning Aussie actress Nicole Kidman pocketed a cool two million dollars for a mere four-minute Chanel No5 perfume commercial.
 arrow Sanjay allowed travel within country
A special court today exempted 86 accused till February 9, including Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, from appearance in the 1993 bomb blast case, and allowed the actor to visit various places within the country
Generalarrow Take 'services for humanity' as a motto
President Iajuddin Ahmed has urged scouts to take "services for humanity" as a motto of their life.

Iajuddin said the Scout movement worldwide aims at creating good people.

 arrow Proshika to connect villages with internet
Proshika, a leading NGO, has taken extensive programmes to bring all villages under its Internet coverage.
 arrow Folk festival 2004 begins at Sonargaon
The folk art and crafts fair and folk festival -- 2004 began at historic Sonargaon in Narayanganj district yesterday amid much enthusiasm and fanfare.
 arrow 'Raise mass awareness about drugs'
Participation of people from all walks of life is a must to free the society from the curse of drugs, said the participants at a discussion in the city on Monday.
Internationalarrow Saarc summit 'turning point' in promoting peace: Jamali
The three-day Saarc summit in Islamabad was a "turning point" in the endeavour by the member countries to promote peace and prosperity of the people of South Asia, Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan
 arrow 15 Afghan women, children killed in Kandahar blast
At least 15 people, mostly women and children, were killed and 11 others injured after a large bomb ripped through the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, a military commander told AFP.
 arrow US keeps sanctions in place on Libya
The Bush administration said Monday it was keeping US sanctions against Libya in place but promised to take "tangible steps" to improve relations if Tripoli follows through on its pledge to get rid of
 arrow US army battles to keep soldiers in Iraq
The US army is preparing to introduce a series of measures to prevent soldiers serving in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan from leaving the service.
 arrow US-bound travelers embarrassed by fingerprinting
Passengers arriving Monday at Washington's main airport found the start of fingerprinting and photographing of foreign visitors quick -- but invasive.
 arrow British inquest into Diana's death opens
Britain launched a top-level police investigation into the death of Princess Diana yesterday as a tabloid newspaper named her former husband Prince Charles as the person she suspected of plotting to kill
Editorialarrow Editorial: Vajpayee-Musharraf talks
The 12th SAARC Summit has been something more than a routine convergence of the countries from South Asia, as India and Pakistan appear to have made real progress as far as mending their badly ruptured
 arrow Editorial: JS bodies breaking rules
Let's try to analyse this -- none of the 39 parliamentary standing committees on as many ministries have held regulation number of meetings required under the rules of procedure.
 arrow Whither separation of judiciary?
Separation of judiciary from the executive appears to have become an endless process. The debate started in the late 18th century and continues even now.
 arrow The more it changes...
One is still examining the New Year's gift that COAS-President Pervez Musharraf, with MMA's help, has given to the people of this country.
 arrow A 'good for all' decision on gas
Bangladesh is yet to take a decision on the export of its natural gas (hereinafter: gas).
Letters to Editorarrow The Third Party
The emergence of a third party is a much talked about topic. Here, of course, we are not referring to the unconstitutional means of capturing power as happened earlier.
 arrow Dating amongst the dead!
No, this isn't a horror movie review, rather an unfamiliar experience I had the other day.
 arrow Bangladesh Tigers
The cricket ratings on the night of 31st December showed that Mohammad Rafique and Habibul Bashar of Bangladesh are among the top 10 Test Match players for the year 2003.
 arrow Heroes---role models
The recent tragic plane crash that took 15 valuable Bangladeshi lives has touched each of us. I felt very sad to see the young mothers and children waiting for the return of their husbands and fathers.
 arrow Is it the voice of BNP?
Some days ago Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda delivered a speech in a programme of the Islami Chhatra Shibir. He said, "They committed no offence by wanting an undivided Pakistan.
 arrow Not blaming anybody!
I enjoyed the reply to my earlier letter by Mr. Kamaluddin Ahmed, January 2. I understand Mr Ahmed's concern is that any criticism of our political parties must be fair and neutral.
 arrow Company profit sharing
As per Companies Profits (Workers Participation) Ordinance, 1995, the employees having basic salary/wages less than Tk 9,000(nine thousand) are entitled to receive profit share under the Companies Profits
 arrow We are not heartless
With due respect, I want to write something about a "Letter to the Editor" with the heading "How heartless we are!" which was written by an army officer (name not mentioned), serving as an UN peacekeeper
 arrow PET bottles: Need for recycling
It has not been long ago when the soft drink manufacturers started to market their products in PET bottles.
 arrow Pulling down the government
The present government elected for five years through the general election held on October 1, 2001 has completed its second year of governance and the third year began just about two months back.
 arrow Anarchy in the name of religion
This is in reference to the letter of Mr. Hamidur Rahman "Anarchy in the name of religion" published in the DS, 24th December 2003. Mr.
StarTecharrow Cold spell fails to fend off crowd
EVEN the cold wave could not hold people back from the CityiT fair 2003 during the first week since its opening on December 30.
 arrow Bangladeshgateway.org launched
IT is possible for a common web portal to eradicate poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality; reduce child and maternal mortality; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB,
 arrow NASA may send Mars Rover to 'Sleepy Hollow'
THE first stop for a golf-cart sized rover designed to search for signs of life on Mars may be a hole in the ground nicknamed "Sleepy Hollow" that NASA scientists on Monday called a "window into the interior"
 arrow Launch date for comet hunter set
Rosetta, a billion-dollar spacecraft designed to chase a comet and land a probe on it, will be launched on February 26, Arianespace, which markets the European Space Agency's rockets, announced here.
Star Chittagongarrow Buses occupy roads for lack of terminal
Traffic congestion has become intolerable following haphazardly parking of the inter-district buses in the main thoroughfares of the port city.
 arrow Groundbreaking ceremony of Asian Women University Jan 13
Stage is set for holding the groundbreaking ceremony of Asian Women University in the port city on January 13.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to attend the ceremony as chief guest.

 arrow Bijoy Mela vs Bijoy Utsab
Bijoy Dibash (Victory Day) celebration in Chittagong has become a politics of history now.
Star Cityarrow Swadhinata Stambha may get go-ahead
The construction of the 'Swadhinata Stambha' monument at Dhaka's Suhrawardy Udyan is likely to restart in February after the project's revised plan has been approved.
 arrow Taxpayers' money goes down the drain
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is allegedly wasting public money by constructing and dismantling foot over-bridges in the city in an unplanned manner.
 arrow Adamjee liabilities discourage relocation of RMG units
The government's apparent reluctance to offer incentives to garment manufacturers hampers the relocation of their factories from Dhaka.
 arrow Dream turns nightmare
Building a house or buying a small flat -- the dream of many, especially of middle income group has been shattered as the price of construction materials marked a sudden rise by 20-25 per cent.
 arrow DU plans a different entrance test
Multiple choice questions (MCQs) of Dhaka University's entrance test for the 2003-2004 academic year will carry 120 marks rather than the traditional 100, raising the pass score from 40 to 48.
 arrow Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover plan still awaits PM's nod
The construction of Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover has failed to take off on schedule as the project is still waiting the approval from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).