Volume 4 Number 222 Thu. January 08, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Huda draws JS body flak over scam charge
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday took a swipe at Communications Minister Nazmul Huda for what it said was corruption in import and distribution of CNG autorickshaws, an allegation he denied
 arrow Over 700 acres of city state land gobbled up
Over 700 acres of khas (government-owned) land and vested property in the capital are in the possession of land grabbers.
 arrow Owners spring up as Buriganga gets dredged
Dredging of the Buriganga began last week amid claims of ownership of its banks, foreshores and even the actual channel.
 arrow BSF kills 2 villagers, trades fire with BDR
Two Bangladeshis were gunned down by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India near Chalkpara border under Shibganj uapzila in Chapainawabganj district Tuesday, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sources said.
 arrow Export sector to get loans at 7pc
All banks yesterday promised to set lending rate for the export sector at 7 percent instead of the current 8 to 10 percent.
 arrow Vajpayee wishes to visit Dhaka
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has expressed his willingness to visit Bangladesh at a convenient time.
 arrow Progress in Teesta water-sharing expected
After years of talks between Bangladesh and India on the Teesta river water-sharing, a breakthrough is expected later this month when the co-riparian neighbours meet in New Delhi to discuss a draft interim
 arrow Sanctuaries for primates planned
The Ministry of Environment and Forest is considering taking up effective programmes to save the wildlife, especially to ensure safe living of gibbon languor and monkey, species on the verge of extinction.
 arrow Eight killed in Manikganj road accident
Eight people, including an Indian national, were killed and two others injured in a road accident at Muljan in Sadar upazila on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway yesterday morning.
 arrow Border forces blame each other for harbouring terrorism
The annual conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) began here Tuesday amid charges of harbouring terrorism by both sides.
 arrow US to ease illegal immigrant laws
Looking to draw more Hispanics behind his re-election bid, President Bush was to propose yesterday a temporary worker program to help millions of immigrants work legally in the United States, officials
 arrow Mars feast to the eye
NASA scientists on Tuesday showed off their first color "post card" of Mars taken by the robot explorer Spirit, a high-definition portrait revealing the rocky, wind-swept surface of the red planet ingreater
 arrow Snack salesman

 arrow 3 Palestinians killed as fresh violence flares in West Bank
Israeli soldiers gunned down three Palestinians early Wednesday as violence flared again in the troubled West Bank town of Nablus just hours after a pullback by the army.
 arrow World Press Photo opens
The world's most prestigious photojournalistic exhibition World Press Photo (WPP) 2003 began yesterday at Drik Gallery at Dhanmondi.
 arrow Pabna Mental Hospital reel under drug crisis
As the 400-bed Pabna Mental Hospital (PMH) is reeling under a crisis of essential medicines since the December 25 drug heist at the hospital, the three-member probe team from the health directorate returned
 arrow Ex-Filipino president Ramos flies in capital today
Former Philippines president Fidel Ramos arrives in the capital today on a five-day visit to participate at the fourth convocation ceremony of American International University, Bangladesh (AIUB).
 arrow Telelink with Ctg snapped
Telecommunications link of the district with Dhaka and the rest of the country was snapped, as the optical fibre line was cut off on Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Feni yesterday morning.
 arrow Two more cold waves likely in two months
Two more cold waves are likely to sweep Bangladesh in the current and next months, a weathercast said yesterday amid chilly weather in northwestern region.
 arrow Gas transmission tariff to go up to perk investment
In a bid to attract private investment, the government is going to raise the gas transmission tariff without affecting the end-users.
 arrow FM calls Saarc Summit a milestone
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said the 12th Saarc Summit was a milestone as all the seven member-states have for once agreed to cooperate on common economic and regional issues.
 arrow Tk 287.67 crore default loans recovered in seven months
A total of Tk 287.
 arrow Police van kills woman NGO official in Badda
A police van knocked dead a female non-governmental organisation (NGO) official at Badda yesterday.
 arrow Youth injured in mob-beating dies at DMCH
An unidentified youth injured in a mob beating Monday died of his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) at about 10:00pm Tuesday.
 arrow Blair says will quit if Kelly probe finds he lied
British prime Minister Tony Blair indicated yesterday that he would quit if it is proven that he lied in the case of David Kelly, the Ministry of Defence expert on Iraqi weapons who killed himself last
 arrow PM discusses AL's anti-govt actions with ministers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia met with four senior cabinet ministers yesterday to discuss the latest political situation ahead of the opposition's planned anti-government agitation programmes this month.
 arrow Cop's body recovered in Khulna
The dead body of constable Zakir Hossain, 45, of Bagerhat District Special Branch (DSB) was recovered Tuesday from a derelict pond at Khardar village under sadar upazila.
 arrow Second unit of Kashimpur jail opens Jan 12
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate partially completed second unit of Kashimpur Central Jail at Gazipur on January 12.
Businessarrow Garment, textile mill owners agree on common stand
Apparently ending their conflict of interests, the stakeholders of readymade garments and textile industries have agreed to evolve a common strategy to face the challenges of globalisation.
 arrow BB governor urges banks to bring in new products
Bangladesh Bank Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed has urged chief executive officers of different commercial banks to come up with diversified products for customers.
 arrow FBCCI for halting BTTB's cheaper int'l phone calls
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has urged the government to suspend the internet telephony service launched by the state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone
 arrow SEC sues top officials of Tripti Industries
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday filed a criminal case against chairman, managing director and directors of Tripti Industries Limited for 'act of deceit' in share sale.
 arrow Travel agents observe token hunger strike
Travel agents yesterday observed a token hunger strike in Dhaka as part of their agitation to protest the reduction of agency commission from nine percent to seven percent by the Board of Airlines Representatives
 arrow DBTEL cellphone sets launched
Wintel Limited yesterday formally launched Taiwanese DBTEL cellphone sets in Bangladesh assuring the customers of high quality and after sales service.
 arrow India gold prices hit record high
Gold prices in India touched a record high Tuesday in line with a surge in global prices that recently took the yellow metal to a 15-year high in New York.
 arrow Confidence Cement share trading resumes
Share transaction of Confidence Cement began yesterday after the Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges lifted the suspension on the company's share trading.
 arrow Tallu Spinning Mills okays cash dividend
Tallu Spinning Mills Limited has approved cash dividend of Tk five per share for the shareholders.
 arrow Body formed to keep Benapole port in operation for 24 hours
A nine-member committee has been formed to keep Benapole land port in operation round the clock.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Six bids of 1-day tenor amounting to Tk 270.50 crore were received and that were accepted.

 arrow Eskayef Bangladesh holds annual sales confce
Eskayef Bangladesh Limited held annual marketing and sales conference on Tuesday.
 arrow Citigroup ranked biggest bank
Citigroup, the holding company of Citibank NA, became the biggest bank of the world for 2003.
 arrow Container shippers form association
Container shippers formed an association styled as International Containers Shipping Association (ICSA).
 arrow Call money rate steady
The inter-bank money market remained steady yesterday as most banks could overcome their cash problems, fund mangers said.
 arrow New brands & dev director of Lever Brothers
Naushad Chowdhury has been appointed the new brands and development director of Lever Brothers, an Anglo-Dutch multinational.
 arrow Ministers to discuss stalled WTO talks at Davos
Ministers from some 30 World Trade Organisation (WTO) states will meet this month at the Swiss resort of Davos to try and put stalled trade talks back on track, a Swiss government spokesman said Tuesday.
 arrow Businesses for concrete steps in Indo-Pak talks
Thawing relations between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan will boost investor sentiment but will have no material impact on capital or trade flows unless backed by concrete steps, business leaders
 arrow Correction
Bank Asia Limited has contradicted its profit figures put in the news headlined "Bank business sees uptrend in 2003" published on this page yesterday.
Sportsarrow Football: D'mondi blot for MSC
Last season's treble winners Mohammedan Sporting Club's only hopes of winning a major title this year suffered another setback as punching-bags Dhanmondi Club held them to a 1-1 draw in yesterday's lone
 arrow Cricket: Sunny nightwatchman
Elias Sunny scored an unbeaten half-century as Dhaka consolidated their position at the top of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League with a five-wicket win over holders Khulna at the
 arrow Cricket: Saqlain leaves A team reeling
Captain Tushar Imran hit a half century but Bangladesh A were still staring at yet another defeat in the Patron's Trophy competition in Pakistan yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: All of Dav's aides in town
Dav Whatmore's fifth aide Anthony Stewart also arrived in the capital yesterday.

Australian sports psychologist Stewart will conduct his first session today with the Tigers.

 arrow Football: AFC supremo due on Jan 11
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is going to get the biggest opportunity to project its future aspiration when Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed Bin Hammam arrives in the city
 arrow Cricket: Bangladeshi side in semis
Bangladesh Cricket Development Foundation (BCDF) under-19 team will take on India in a semifinal of the Under-19 Commonwealth Cricket Championship at the Raja Nahar Singh Stadium in Faridabad, New Delhi
 arrow Tennis: Qtrs field finalised
The quarterfinal line-ups of both boys' and girls' singles competition of the BKSP International Junior Tennis Championship were finalised yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan restore parity
Imran Farhat and Yousuf Youhana combined in a 143-run stand of classic elegance and control as Pakistan cruised to a convincing six-wicket win over New Zealand here Wednesday to level the one-day cricket
 arrow Cricket: Smith's dream debut
Dwayne Smith, plucked from relative obscurity by West Indian selection convenor Viv Richards, hit a spectacular century on his debut as the West Indies earned a draw in the third Test against South Africa
 arrow Cricket: The Steve legacy
Wearing his beloved Australian cap and allowing himself a rare smile, Steve Waugh left the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday with an imperishable legacy to the international game he graced for 18 years.
 arrow Cricket: Ian foresees great rivalry
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell on Wednesday praised the Indian cricket team for a spirited effort in their Test series against Australia and predicted a great rivalry between the two teams.
 arrow Cricket: Eng keep door open on Jones
England kept a place open for fast bowler Simon Jones when they named their Test squad for their tour of the West Indies here Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Is This Love!
Love turned to pain for Belgian tennis ace Kim Clijsters when she was forced out of the Hopman Cup mixed teams international tennis tournament with an ankle injury here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: An enigma called Rivaldo
It took only 18 months for Rivaldo to go from World Cup winner and national hero in his native Brazil to a figure of fun in Italy.
 arrow Football: Milan end Roma run
Roma coach Fabio Capello made no excuses for his side's 2-1 home defeat to AC Milan which saw the league leaders' 14-match unbeaten run come to an end and threw the Italian title race wide open.
 arrow Football: Villa doing fine
Aston Villa went into sixth place in the Premiership with a hard-fought 2-1 home win - their fifth in seven matches - over relegation strugglers Portsmouth here Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Killing of Garo man condemned
Former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury yesterday expressed his concern over Modhupur incident in which a tribal man was killed and 25 others were injured recently.
 arrow Justice Aziz takes oath
Justice MA Aziz took oath as judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday.
 arrow 11- Party to put up barricades today
The left leaning 11-party alliance will put up two-hour barricades, from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, on highways and railways today demanding resignation of the BNP-Jamaat coalition government.
 arrow Ctg mathematical physics confce begins at CU
Three-day 7th Chittagong mathematical physics conference began at the lecture gallery of Mathematical and Physical Science Research Centre (MPSRC) at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday.
Nationalarrow Supply of tea, stone, coal from Sylhet to stop for 24 hrs Friday
Supply of tea, sand, stone and imported coal from Sylhet to other parts of the country will be kept suspended for 24 hours from Friday morning.
 arrow 'Declare mid-term polls to avoid ouster'
Awami League at a public meeting here on Tuesday reiterated its demand for mid-term polls.
 arrow Admin infrastructure still absent, services poor
Eleven years have passed after creation of Barisal division but little has been done for fullfledged administrative functioning of the divisional headquarter.
 arrow Half of tubewells arsenic affected in Brahmanbaria
About fifty per cent tube wells in Bancharampur, Nabinagar, Sarial, Kashba and Brahmanbaria Sadar upazilas are contaminated with arsenic.

So far, 18 people have been found attacked with arsenicosis.

 arrow 8 killed in Manikganj road mishap
Eight people were killed on the spot and three injured when an autotempo collided head-on with a bus on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Bhatbaur in the Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 'dacoits' lynched in Jhalakathi
Two alleged dacoits were lynched at Saichalapur in Gaabkhan Dhanshiri union in Jhalakati district on Monday.
 arrow Arrest warrant against former AL MP
A magistrate court at Kalapara has issued arrest warrant against former Awami League lawmaker Anwarul Islam following filing of a case by a headmaster of a high school.
 arrow Four fishermen drown in Meghna
Four fishermen drowned in the Meghna in Shal Char in Charfassion upazila as their boat sank after colliding with a trawler in dense fog Monday night,

According Charfassion police and survivor Nurul

 arrow Nalchhity A L leader murdered
Unidentified persons gouged out two eyes of an Awami League leader and murdered him in Nalchhity upazila in Jhalakati district.
 arrow Transport strike in Barisal
An indefinite bus strike from Barisal to other districts began yesterday protesting assault on transport workers allegedly by some ruling party activists for not plying their vehicles during Saturday's
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh-India trade relations
The trade issue between two neighbours has been in the news in a new perspective.
 arrow The Year of the Monkey unfolds with a new controversy
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi seems to have an obsession with the controversial Shinto shrine in Tokyo that, among others, enshrines country's convicted war criminals who were responsiblefor
 arrow An irreversible journey to catastrophe?
But what should I write about? Our government leaders are very much right when they accuse the opposition that they have no specific issue for which they should agitate against the government.
Culturearrow Subhash Dutta: a director par excellence
He is one of those few great filmmakers who dedicated themselves in establishing cinema as an eloquent medium of art in Bangladesh.
 arrow Viji Prakash: Popularising Bharatnatyam in US
The girls stand barefoot, in jagged rows, with long black braids brushing their backs, eyes closed and hands clasped.
 arrow Winter carnival
The winter carnivals serve the age old tradition, offering a wide variety of mouth-watering delicacies to the local appetite.
 arrow A busy month for the Peoples' Theatre Association
Two branches of Peoples' Theatre Association Amra Kajon Shilpi Goshthi, Bogra and Ishtikutum, Chittagong- will visit India to take part in two different festivals, says a press release.
Generalarrow Not a single child to be deprived of education
Prime Minister Khalea Zia yesterday inaugurated countrywide distribution of textbooks among students for the new year, announcing that this tenure of her government would be an era of spreading education
 arrow 'Govt control hinders housing sector dev'
State Minister for Housing and Public Works Alamgir Kabir yesterday admitted that the government agencies are hindering the growth in housing sector.
 arrow One shot dead in Ctg
One person was shot dead by unidentified criminals at Madhyam Kanchannagar in Fatikchhari on Tuesday night.
 arrow First direct Hajj flight from Ctg begins
First direct Hajj flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines between Chittagong and Jeddah began yesterday.

With 274 Hajj pilgrims, the flight left Shah Amanat International Airport at 12.43PM.

 arrow Order to withdraw Ctg airport security officer
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin in a rapid action yesterday ordered withdrawal of a woman security officer from Shah Amanat International Airport here following her
 arrow BCL demands Huda's resignation
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally on the Dhaka University campus protesting the remarks of Communications
 arrow Tommy Miah to cook in British parliament kitchen
The owner of Edinburgh's prestigious Raj Restaurant has become the first non-staff chef to be invited to cook in the kitchen of British parliament, says a press release.
Internationalarrow India, Pakistan likely to ink extradition pact
Pakistan and India have agreed to finalise an extradition treaty entailing provisions regarding handing over of "terrorists and criminals" wanted in each other's countries, media reports said on Wednesday.
 arrow Rats - next target in China's campaign
China's quest to stamp out SARS has spread from the slaughter of civet cats to rats as the southern province of Guangdong ordered a large scale rat extermination campaign, state media said Wednesday.
 arrow Guerrilla bases in Myanmar intact: Naga rebel leader
Foreign guerrilla camps operating in Myanmar are intact and ready to repel attacks by the ruling junta's military or Indian forces, a leader from a rebel group said on Wednesday.
 arrow 500 Iraqi prisoners to be released
The US-led coalition in Iraq plans to release 506 prisoners, with the first batch of 100 to be freed on Thursday.
 arrow Did US play a role in Indo-Pak talk?
US played a "quiet but significant" role in bringing about the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on the sidelines of the SAARC summit,media
 arrow Indo-Pak deal not enough to stop bloodshed: Hizbul chief
Terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen on Wednesday rejected as "paperwork" a move by India and Pakistan to reopen talks and said it would not stop a 14-year insurgency.
 arrow World leaders hail decision to resume talks
The United States, Britain, Japan, Germany and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday hailed the decision by India and Pakistan to resume dialogue saying it boded well for peace and stability in South
 arrow 'Search is on for al-Qaeda bomber'
The French government said on Wednesday that police across Europe were searching for a passenger who failed to show up for an Air France flight on Christmas Eve and who is suspected of having links with
Editorialarrow Editorial: The landmark Islamabad Declaration
The Islamabad Summit of SAARC countries ended on a note of high optimism, just as it had begun on January 4 amid high hopes.
 arrow Editorial: Four-year-old accused!
According to the first-information report of a case of looting rice in Khulna district, one of the offenders is a four-year old boy, Mehedi Hasan.
 arrow Captive Saddam: A growing burden for the US ?
Acouple of one weeks ago, it would have been ludicrous to think that a Saddam Hussein on the loose would serve US interests better. But only days after his capture, that prospect became a dawning reality.
 arrow SAARC comes out of limbo
When the south Asian association for regional cooperation(SAARC) was launched in Dhaka through the first summit in 1985,the most elderly leader -- Sri Lankan president late Junius Jayewardene -- cautioned
Letters to Editorarrow Politics of hartal
The Awami League, the main opposition in parliament, observed a hartal Saturday -- an unconstitutional practice. The dawn-to-dusk hartal was observed to protest 'infringement on democratic rights'.
 arrow Scientists abroad
 arrow Relocate bus terminals
The city of Dhaka has three major bus terminals.
 arrow An untenable case
Mr. Sajjad Waheed's letter on the BNP was nothing but the cry of a broken heart, shattered by continued failure of his beloved party, the BNP.