Volume 4 Number 224 Sat. January 10, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Corruption alleged in floating tender
When donors are pressing for freeing tender procedures from corruption, the Rural Power Company (RPC) is allegedly pursuing its donor-funded Savar 450-megawatt (MW) power project using "unfair" and severely
 arrow 'Ban on Ahmadiyya books infringement of rights'
The government order banning all Ahmadiyya publications drew swift flak from people of all hues yesterday and prompted a demand for lifting the ban that the ruling coalition defended with a counterpoint
 arrow Huda's Jamaat remarks under BNP fire
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders yesterday reacted sharply to Communications Minister Nazmul Huda's speech to the recent conference of the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) and asked him to make his
 arrow A card becomes a lifeline
When wheat assistance came to Kaunia upazila in Rangpur, the clock began ticking on Kaushola's 24-month entitlement of 30 kilograms of wheat a month.
 arrow Debt management unit on cards
The government is going to form a debt management unit (DMU) in the Finance Division to ensure discipline and transparency in government expenditure and lending.
 arrow Outlaws woes of Rupsha bridge construction
The construction of the donor-funded vital bridge over the Rupsha river has been stalled several times because of harassment by an outlawed extremist group.
 arrow Power crisis likely to deepen this summer
An acute power crisis may plague the coming summer.
 arrow Blast outside Iraq mosque kills 6
At least six people were killed and 39 injured yesterday in an explosion outside a Shiite mosque in the town of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, after the end of main weekly prayers, medics said.
 arrow Over 90 rebel camps in India active against Bangladesh
Anti-Bangladesh insurgents are operating from over 90 camps in India, BDR Director General (DG) Maj Gen Jahangir Alam Chowdhury said here Thursday.
 arrow Bangabandhu's 'homecoming day' today
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will announce anti-government movement programmes from the party's grand rally at Paltan Maidan in the capital this
 arrow AL too weak in parliament to pull down govt: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the Awami League (AL) do not have the capacity to remove the government constitutionally given the main opposition party's feeble strength in parliament.
 arrow Cold snap kills 24 more in 3 days
At least 24 persons including six children died from cold and cold-related illnesses in the southwestern regions during the last three days.
 arrow Vajpayee sees Indo-Pak 'positive winds' blowing
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday hailed "positive winds" in relations with Pakistan after the rivals agreed to resume dialogue that was stalled for two and a half years.
 arrow 'Salma Sobhan added new dimension to HR concept'
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday recalled the contribution of the late Barrister Salma Sobhan in upholding human rights in Bangladesh by extending legal support to the oppressed.
 arrow 19 leaders on PBCP hit list?
Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has engaged a 10-member team to kill 19 leaders of the BNP, Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Party (Ershad) in the southwestern region of
 arrow SKOP postpones tomorrow's strike
The Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP), an alliance of workers and employees, yesterday postponed its 24 hours strike on January 11 following an agreement with the government on their 16-point demand.
 arrow We have achieved primary victory, anti-Ahmadiyya group tells rally
The Hifazate Khatme Nabuwat Andolon (HKNA) yesterday demanded enactment of a law in the next session of the Jatiya Sangsad to declare Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims.
 arrow Swedish minister to attend ICC business confce in Dhaka
Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jamtin will attend the International Business Conference on Global Economic Governance and Challenges of Multilateralism organised by International
 arrow Road accident kills five in Dhamrai
Five people were killed and 50 others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway yesterday.
 arrow Accused of JCD leader murder taken to Ctg
The principal accused in Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Shafiqul Islam alias Bablu murder case, who was arrested in Dhaka Thursday, was brought to Bayezid Police Station here yesterday.
 arrow Ramos praises Dhaka's role in peace process with Moros
Former Filipino president Fidel Ramos last night praised Bangladesh's contribution to the peace process initiated through the signing of accord

with Moro Liberation Front in the Philippines.

Businessarrow Visitors flock to furniture stalls in Dhaka int'l trade fair
Visitors are flocking to furniture stalls in the Dhaka International Trade Fair-2004 as the outlets offer special discounts for the products.
 arrow SEC, bourses getting ready for CDS
As settlement of share trading through central depository system (CDS) begins on January 24, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), two bourses and Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), the
 arrow CSE-30 Index revised
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has revised its CSE-30 Index

The index committee of the bourse in its recent meeting reviewed performance of all listed companies in CSE and approved the revised CSE-30

 arrow DBBL board recommends 20pc cash dividend, cuts lending rates
The Board of Directors of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) has recommended a 20 per cent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Fantasy Kingdom's promotional campaign during DITF
Fantasy Kingdom, a sister concern of Concord Group, has launched a special promotional campaign on the occasion of Dhaka International Trade Fair-2004 (DITF), says a press release.
 arrow US okays import duties on steel wire strand
A US trade panel Thursday gave final approval to steep anti-dumping duties on imported steel wire strand from Brazil, India, Mexico, South Korea and Thailand that is used in concrete.
Sportsarrow Football: Reds burst Russell bubble
Muktijoddha Sangsad revitalised their title aspirations in style when the defeated high-flying Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra 2-1 in a crucial Western Union Premier Division Football League match at theSher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: Ctg one-day leaders
Chittagong finished the first-phase atop the one-day competition of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League when they managed a two-wicket victory over Barisal at the Comilla Stadiumyesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India falter at the death
World champions Australia fielded brilliantly to record a tense 18-run victory over India in their triangular series one-day match on Friday despite a brave innings of 82 from opposing captain SauravGanguly.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar ready to strike
Pakistan express bowler Shoaib Akhtar spoke the words New Zealand did not want to hear when he declared himself fit for the third one-day international here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pointers for Ponting
As Ricky Ponting prepares to take over the reins as Australia's next Test captain, departing skipper Steve Waugh has passed on a sobering word of advice.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming praises ‘new' Pakistan
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has heaped praise on the Pakistan side leading up to the third one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan on a roll
Pakistan managed only a narrow 3-2 win over a second string side from arch-rivals India in the Azlan Shah Cup tournament at the National Hockey Stadium here Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Double delight for Koreans
South Korean girls snatched the singles and doubles titles of the BKSP International Junior Tennis Championship that ended yesterday at the country's lone sports institute in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rani alone atop
International Women Master Rani Hamid maintained the solo lead with maximum five points after the end of the fifth round games of the Igloo 25th National Women's Chess Championship at the NSC conference
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Favourites Narinda Progoti Boys Club defeated Old Ideal 31-11 in the Cute Premier Division Handball League at Dhaka Handball Ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Real face bogey prospect
League leaders Real Madrid have been accused of complacency against lowly opposition this season but it is unlikely the reigning Spanish champions will take Real Sociedad too lightly on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Gunners can't slip
Arsenal's stomach for a fight will be put to the test in Saturday's Premiership confrontation with Middlesbrough.
 arrow Football: Emotion can wait
Perugia coach Serse Cosmi has insisted his loyalties will not be divided this Sunday when his relegation-threatened side host Serie A leaders Roma, the club he supported as a boy.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo fined for London trip
Reports in Spain claim that Real Madrid have fined Brazilian striker Ronaldo for his trip to London this week.
Metropolitanarrow Hasina condemns killing of 2 leaders
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday condemned the murders of AL leader Monir Hossain Bhuiyan at Uttar Charmashra village in Munshiganj Sadar and Krishak
 arrow DU hall students accuse JCD of repression
Students of Sergeant Zahurul Haque Hall of Dhaka University yesterday accused the JCD leaders of the hall unit of unleashing a reign of terror.
 arrow One murdered at Shewrapara
Assailants slaughtered an unidentified youth at Shewrapara in Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow FFs' rally at Paltan Jan 12
Jatiya Samajtrantik Dal (JSD) will hold a rally of freedom fighters at historic Paltan Maidan (ground) at 10am on January 12.
 arrow 1350 more held
Police arrested a total of 1,350 people, including four identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Garo movement will continue till demands met, their leader says
The indigenous Garo people in Modhupur forest will continue their movement till the government scraps the Eco Park project there and fulfils their other demands.
 arrow 3 killed, 33 hurt in clashes in Manikganj, Lalmonirhat, B'baria
Three people were killed and at least 33 including 10 women and two children injured in clashes in Manikganj and Lalmonirhat and Brahmanbaris villages on Wednesday.
 arrow Patuakhali WDB office locked since Tuesday
The Water Development Board (WDB) office in Patuakhali is locked since Tuesday.

This correspondent during a visit to the office at about 11 am on Thursday found all the rooms locked.

 arrow BNP rivals' clash: Villagers flee homes as 2 killed in Magura village
Many villagers have fled homes at Sharshuna in Shalikha upazila fearing further clashes and police harassment after Tuesday's murder of two BNP activists by party rivals and follow-up clashes and plundering
 arrow Tk 12.50 lakh gold seized in Satkhira
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans recovered gold worth Tk 12,50,000 from three smugglers of two bordering villages in Sadar and Kalaroa upazilas in two days.
 arrow Inter-district bus strike in Barisal from tomorrow
Inter-district bus service from Barisal will be stopped again from tomorrow if local BNP lawmaker Mosarraf Hossain Mongu do not apologise for the alleged assault on transport workers on Sunday, leaders
 arrow Galachipa AL's council meeting held
The council meeting of Galachipa upazila unit of the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) was held at the upazila auditorium on Monday.
 arrow Outlaws kill betel leaf trader in Kushtia
A businessman was killed at Monohordi village in Sadar upazila on Tuesday for not paying toll, family sources said.
 arrow 2 bandits nabbed, firearms recovered
Police arrested two armed robbers and recovered fire arms from their possession on Thursday.

Police said that police arrested Shahidur Rahman, 30, son of Matiar rahman of Raiur village in Sadar upazila.

 arrow CU Journalism Deptt renamed
The Chittagong University (CU) authorities have renamed the Department of Journalism as the Department of Communication and Journalism from Wednesday.
 arrow Square's donation to mental hospital
The Square Pharmaceuticals Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company of the country, donated medicines to Pabna Mental Hospital where an acute drug crisis was prevailing since stealing of costly drugs
 arrow 2 UP chairmen face no-confidence in Bhola
Members of two union parishads (UPs) in Bhola Sadar and Charfassion upazilas have brought no-confidence resolutions against their chairmen for alleged corruption, embezzlement of money, wheat and misbehaviour
 arrow 'Shun politics of hatred'
Islami Oikkya Jote leader Fazlul Haque Amini MP has said politicians should shun "politics of hatred and jealousy" if they really want to do good to the people.
 arrow One to suffer 20 years RI for possessing illegal arms
A court here sentenced one person to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing illegal arms.
 arrow Scientific confce at BAU
A two-day annual scientific conference of the Bangladesh Society for Veterinary Education and Research (BSVER) was held at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) Shilpachraya Zainul Abedin Auditorium,
 arrow Nilphamari police beside cold-hit people
All the members of Nilphamari police, irrespective of their rank and file, have set a unique example by donating their one day's salary for the destitutes.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dowry: The crime continues
Not only in the cities and towns but even in the villages of Bangladesh, terror has come stalking. Now the weapon of fear is not only the gun but a can of petrol or kerosene and a matchbox.
 arrow Recalling the hero's home-coming
Bengalees -- men, women and children observed fast to invoke mercy of Almighty for the safety of Bangabandhu in the newly laid out Pakistani capital.
 arrow Of Mughals and White Mughals
I must confess that I began William Dalrymple's WHITE MUGHALS: LOVE AND BETRAYAL IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY INDIA (pub: HarperCollins 2002) with some trepidation, because I had been subtly disappointed byhis
 arrow Third force in politics
The sudden emergence of the Third Force in the country's political arena, thought to be an alternative to the existing major parities, which have already been proved unsuccessful in running the country
Culturearrow Dark Syed
The perception of new-genre music is expressed to a relationship consisting of composers, performers, musical diversification and everyone involved in the production of contemporary music.
 arrow A new generation lyricist
Music lovers while humming their favourite tracks are often curious about the people behind these beautiful songs. They often wonder about the writer of the touchy lyrics and the melodious songs.
 arrow Sargam celebrates New Year
Sargam, the only regular music magazine in Bangladesh, organised a discussion followed by a musical evening to welcome the New Year on January 1, a press release says.
 arrow Famed cartoon character Tintin turns 75
Forever young, the beloved European cartoon character Tintin turns 75 today, without a hint of gray and the same youthful bounce in his step.
Internationalarrow French families, Libya ink UTA compensation deal
Families of 170 people killed in the 1989 bombing of a French UTA airliner blamed on six Libyans signed a $170 million compensation deal with Tripoli in a ceremony in Paris yesterday.
 arrow 'Thousands of Iraqi prisoners could be released in months'
Thousands of Iraqis imprisoned during and after the US-led war in Iraq could be freed by the coalition in the coming months, the current head of Iraq's Governing Council said yesterday.
 arrow Bush now plans to send Americans to moon, Mars
Buoyed by a successful landing on Mars by a robot explorer, President Bush plans a major announcement on space policy next week that envisions sending Americans back to the moon and ultimately to Mars,
 arrow Failure to hunt Iraqi WMD to haunt Bush in polls
The failure to find Iraqi weapons of mass destruction looks set to dog the Bush administration in an election year amid persistent accusations it exaggerated evidence in making a case for war.
 arrow US military overstretched, morale at risk: Experts
The US military is overstretched by deployments in Iraq and elsewhere, forcing the Pentagon to keep thousands of soldiers and reservists in uniform long beyond their release dates with potentially dangerous
 arrow Iraqi council okays federalism, Kurdish autonomy
Iraq's interim Governing Council has agreed to a federal structure for the country and to enshrining Kurdish self-rule in three northern provinces in the fundamental law that will precede national elections
 arrow 2003 a deadly year for journalists
The Iraq war helped make 2003 a dangerous year for journalists, with 91 killed, most of them covering conflict or corruption, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said here yesterday.
 arrow Hamas says no to truce with Israel
Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin said in remarks published yesterday that his movement would not agree to a new truce that is not be respected by Israel and that it would not cease attacks on
Editorialarrow Editorial: Garos protest
The Modhupur incident in which a Garo was killed has created a great sense of insecurity among the indigenous people.
 arrow Editorial: 'Misrepresented' WMD threat
The observation by a US think tank that the Bush administration 'systematically' misrepresented the danger of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programme is a revelation one can't just brush aside.
 arrow Moving forward after the 12th SAARC Summit
For a change South Asia has witnessed cooperation and understanding.
 arrow The question of loyalty
Afriend of many years told me recently that a part of my last published column had given him much pleasure, the part that touched upon the arts.
Letters to Editorarrow The year that was
I liked Mr. Mahfuz Anam's candid commentary on the state of the nation (DS January 1). He was apolitical, and the scenes moved him through history.
 arrow UN vs US
I read the recent New York Times editorial urging the U.S. to hand over political authority of Iraq to the UN.
 arrow Smoking in public vehicle
Smoking is detrimental to health. Medical science is trying to explore the remedial line of treating injurious elevation of smoking but failed still now.
 arrow "Freedom of pen"
I don't want to put the headline "Ka again", as penned by Tayanta Mira (DS Dec.
Literaturearrow New Year's Celebration
Note on the short story contest

Below is the winning entry, New Year's Celebration, in The Daily Star Literature Page Short Story Contest sent in by Munjulika Rahman of Uttara,Dhaka,

 arrow Of the Lowly Potato: Indian English Poetry Today
Sometimes, poets are instructive to read on poetry and poets--not only does one get the critical analysis, but also a privileged peek at how artists view their own art. A two-in-one, as it were.