Volume 4 Number 225 Sun. January 11, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Hasina gives govt a month to meet 15-point demand
Main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday gave the government a month to fulfil her party's 15-point demands or step aside.
 arrow Stringent electronic media law planned
The government is considering a stringent legislation to bring the electronic media, especially the satellite channels, under a guideline in an apparent bid to control them.
 arrow 20 killed, 30 hurt in Tangail bus accident
At least 20 people were killed and 30 injured in a road accident in Tangail yesterday.

Another road mishap in Rajshahi claimed three lives.

 arrow Ahmadiyyas to fight it out in court
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh will go for a legal battle against the government ban on all their publications after they receive the order to this effect.
 arrow Botanical Garden land gobbled up
An allegation that grabbers have illegally occupied 18.
 arrow Habib Bank staff resign en masse
The entire staff of the two branches of Habib Bank in Bangladesh resigned en masse protesting the bank's decision to axe 31 of 68 officers and employees last Thursday.
 arrow 40 AL men hurt in 'Jubo Dal' attack
Alleged Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal cadres swooped on different gatherings of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations, injuring 40 pro-AL activists, two with bullet, in a series of attacks at different
 arrow Cold claims 12 more in two days
At least 12 people including four children died from cold and cold-related illnesses in the south-western regions in the last two days.
 arrow Police asked to do duties with no fear or favour
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked police to do their duties without fear or favour to help build a violence-free, disciplined society.
 arrow UN wants more peacekeepers from Bangladesh
Under-Secretary General for the UN Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guehenno yesterday discussed Bangladesh's commitment to policing peace in different troubled pockets of the world.
 arrow US declares POW status for Saddam
The United States has formally declared Saddam Hussein, held by US forces since his December 13 capture, an enemy prisoner of war, the Pentagon said Friday, and the International Committee of the RedCross
 arrow BDR, BSF agree to bust camps
Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) of India Ajay Raj Sharma on Friday said New Delhi would get anti-Bangladesh terrorists, insurgents and criminals and bust their camps in India.
 arrow A salute to a rebel
People here yesterday celebrated the 94th birth anniversary of veteran revolutionary Binod Bihari Chowdhury, a close aide of Masterda Surya Sen.
 arrow IMF clears $74m in 2nd tranche
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cleared Friday a credit of $74 million as the second tranche of Poverty Reduction Growth Facilities (PRGF) for Bangladesh following fulfilment of a set of conditions.
 arrow 6 more cities come under reduced call rate for US, Canada
Land phone subscribers of Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Khulna, Noakhali and Bogra will also be able to call the USA and Canada at Tk 7.
 arrow Jamuna asks JS body chief to prove allegation
The Jamuna group yesterday threatened the chairman of a parliamentary body with legal actions should he fail to prove his allegations of illegal gas consumption against the company, drawing fire fromthe
 arrow UPDF denies having camps in India
The United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday in a press release described the allegations made by the director general of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) of the UPDF's running insurgency camps in India
 arrow Reporter receives death threat from BNP leader
A journalist here narrowly escaped an attempt on his life Thursday night while another in Bagerhat was given an explicit death threat allegedly by a BNP leader there on Friday.
 arrow Instil civic values in students to achieve good governance
Fidel V Ramos, former president of the Philippines, yesterday stressed incorporating civic values in education to produce moral human beings with a view to establishing good governance.
 arrow Bank executive held on charge of killing wife
Police arrested Azam Reza yesterday evening at a place near Azimpur cemetery on charge of killing his wife Jayanti Munshi Reza alias Kochi, 38.
 arrow EPI employees threaten strike for salary
More than 280 employees engaged in the Extended Programme of Immunisation (EPI) and Child Health have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not met immediately.
 arrow Exam-time adventures

 arrow 'Faults' detected in 50 maritime vessels' design
The Naval Architect Organisation (NAO), an organisation for scrutinising maritime vessels' design, yesterday raised allegation of faulty designs in 50 passenger launches made by a local ship construction
Businessarrow ICC-B confce to give impetus to multilateralism
As public and private sector leaders from around the world are gathering for a high-profile business conference in Dhaka next week, the man at the helm said focus will fall on multilateralism, the key
 arrow 20 missions miss export targets in July-Nov
Failing to provide the foreign buyers with adequate information about Bangladeshi products, 20 out of 46 missions abroad fell short of their export targets set for July-November period of the currentfiscal
 arrow City IT fair ends on upside
The 12-day computer exposition -- City IT 2003 -- ended in Dhaka yesterday with participants expressing satisfaction over sales.
 arrow Jute goods main attraction at Bangladesh pavilion
Adding a new dimension to the attractions of the 18th International Autumn Trade Fair 2004 (IATF04) that began in Dubai yesterday, Bangladesh is participating with a variety of products made from jute.
 arrow Staff agitate against Ajax Jute Mill sale
Tension was prevailing in Mirerdanga-Atra industrial area in Khulna yesterday as staff of private Ajax Jute Mill continued their agitation protesting sale of the industrial unit at a nominal price.
 arrow Dollar steady against taka
The US dollar was steady against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade yesterday, while the US unit was under pressure against major currencies due to a disappointing report on the US labour market.
 arrow Call money rate low
The call money rate was lower than bank's rate yesterday as money market remained packed with huge liquidity, fund managers said.

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

 arrow Iranian trade team to visit Bangladesh
A delegation of Iranian entrepreneurs will visit Bangladesh soon to see the feasibility of setting up automobile and soft drink plants here.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Six bids of 2-day tenor amounting to Tk 283.50 crore were received and accepted.

 arrow State of Bangladesh economy in 2003-04: First interim report
The first interim report (July-December 2003) on 'State of the Bangladesh Economy in the Fiscal Year 2003-2004' has been prepared by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) under its programme titledIndependent
 arrow India cuts indirect taxes as election nears
In the strongest signal so far about parliamentary polls earlier than schedule, Indian government on Thursday announced a slew of sops for middle class and corporate sector by indirect tax cuts on a wide
 arrow US beef industry balks at labelling despite crisis
The US meat industry opposes labeling meat with its country of origin, rejecting the scheme as too costly and cumbersome, despite the recent discovery of mad cow disease in the United States.
Sportsarrow Football: Victor vanishes Victoria
Big-spenders Brothers Union joined Abahani at the top of the Western Union Premier Division Football League after thrashing Victoria Sporting Club 4-0 with a hattrick by Russian Victor at the floodlit
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka restrict Sylhet
Bowlers hogged the spotlight as the fifth round of matches in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League began at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF hopes to gain from AFC vision
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) wants to use an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) initiative as a means of transforming the amateur body to a professional set-up.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo leads from front
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming beat the demons Saturday, cracking an unbeaten 115 in leading his side to an emphatic seven-wicket win in a one-day match against Pakistan, and putting them 2-1 ahead
 arrow Cricket: Clarke keeps low profile
Michael Clarke has made a striking impression in just 11 one-day internationals and on Sunday will make his first senior appearance for Australia on his home Sydney ground against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Stuart eyeing Asia tour
Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill on Saturday defended his bowling performance in the series against India and said he had every intention of making the tours to Sri Lanka and India this year.
 arrow Hockey: South Korea hold Australia
Australia drew 1-1 with South Korea in cautious play Saturday at field hockey's Azlan Shah Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
 arrow Cricket: A team meets Customs today
Bangladesh A will take on Pakistan Customs in the limited-overs Patron's Cup match at the Karachi National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: BCDF meet SA in final today
Bangladesh Cricket Development Foundation take on South Africa in the final of the first Under-19 Commonwealth Cricket Cham-pionship at Faridabad today.
 arrow Chess: Rani remains on top
International Women Master Rani Hamid maintained the solo lead with maximum six points after the end of the sixth round games of the Igloo 25th National Women Chess Championship at the NSC conferenceroom
 arrow Golf: Transcom Cup golf Farid's
Sheikh Farid won the challenging annual Transcom Cup Golf Tournament in the beautiful surroundings of Kurmitola Golf Club course on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Athar favours more A team tours
National selector Athar Ali Khan is in favour of sending Bangladesh A teams to Pakistan on regular basis in future.
 arrow Tennis: ITF Jr tennis
The 12th International Junior Tennis Championship began at Rajshahi Tennis Complex yesterday.

At least 175 players, including 65 girls from 25 countries, are taking part in the week-long tournament.

 arrow Cricket: Free cricket clinic in city
A free cricket coaching camp with a view to unearth special talents, has started in Dhanmondi recently.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi cricket
Apollo Cricket Club defeated Bandhan Krira Chakra by 67 runs in the inaugural match of the First Division Cricket League at the Rajshahi Medical College Hostel ground yesterday.
 arrow Ctg karate
Martial Art Academy and Joy Karate Academy became the champions and runners-up respectively in the second Mahanagari karate competition which concluded yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Narinda Progoti Boys Club outplayed Dhaka Wanderers Club 26-10 to maintain their unbeaten run in the Cute Premier Division Handball League match at the Outer Stadium Handball Ground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Davenport drives USA
Lindsay Davenport sent a clear warning to her Australian Open rivals here Saturday when she steered the United States to its second consecutive Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis title with a 2-1 win overthe
 arrow Football: Record beckons Ruud
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Ruud van Nistelrooy to complete a record-breaking century of Premiership goals in Sunday's Old Trafford showdown with Newcastle.
 arrow Football: European football briefs
Struggling German side Kaiserslautern have recruited German defender Timo Wenzel from VfB Stuttgart.
Metropolitanarrow Govt move protested
Former students and guardians of Dhaka Residential Model School and College yesterday demonstrated against the move to distort the characteristics of the institution.
 arrow 'Interim report on Padma bridge site in March'
An interim report recommending the final site of Padma bridge will be submitted in March this year.
 arrow Buet-VPI linkage project to reduce seismic hazards
A two-year linkage project between Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (Buet) and Virginia Polytechnic and State University (VPI) of USA begins this month to reduce vulnerability to seismic
 arrow 10 injured in USTC clash
At least 10 people were injured as security guards clashed with students at the University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) yesterday.
 arrow Prothom Alo-Tibet Debate Festival begins today
The two-day 'Prothom Alo- Tibet Anti- drug School Debate Festival-2004' will begin at the Central Public Library auditorium at 2.00 pm today.
Nationalarrow No supply of sand, stone, coal from 3 Sylhet UZs for 24 hrs
Supply of sand, stone and imported coal from Jaintapur, Gowainghat and Kanaighat upazilas remained stopped for 24 hours on Friday in demand for resumption of BRTC bus service in the region.
 arrow Re-election demanded, suspension of cargo handling threatened
The Bangladesh Master Stevedores Association (BMSA), a body of stevedoring firms supplying labourers and logistics for cargo handling at Chittagong port, faces a split centring its December 23 polls,
 arrow Villagers act as night guards, police hold meeting
People of 20 villages in Swarupkati upazila under Pirojpur district are patrolling their areas at night to guard against attack by armed members of 'Sarbahara Party', a so-called extremist group.
 arrow Woman held with US-made 303 rifle
Joint Forces arrested a woman from Chila union under Mongla upazila and recovered from her possession a USA-made sophisticated Mark Four 303 rifle on Friday.
 arrow Garo students protest at Mymensingh
Bangladesh Garo Chhatra Sangatha (BGCS) and Garo Students Union (GSU) jointly brought out a procession and held a rally in the town yesterday protesting the killing of indigenous youth Piren Slan in police
 arrow Split in Kalaroa AL surfaces ahead of Jan 20 council
The rift in Kalaroa upazila Awami League (AL) has surfaced ahead of the local party council, scheduled for January 20.
 arrow New committee of Juri Valley Tea Labourers' Union
A new committee of Tea Labourers' Union, Juri valley was elected for two-year term in the union's biennial conference held at Dhanai tea garden puja mandop recently.
 arrow 100 attacked with diarrhoea in B'baria
At least 100 persons were attacked with diarrhoea here in six days.

A total of 84 diarrhoea patients were treated at the Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital till filing of this report on Wednesday.

 arrow Road blocked as bus kills girl
Angry people blocked the Nilphamari-Suedpr highway for about three hours near the Uttara Export Processing Zone here after a child-- Bulbli -- died under the wheels of a bus yesterday morning.
 arrow Munshibazar UP chairman removed
The chairman of Munshibazar Union Parishad (UP) was removed on charge of corruption and various other charges.

As a result the post fell vacant since January 3.

 arrow Accomplice of top criminal held in Khulna
An accomplice of top criminal Gazi Kamrul of Khulna was arrested by Joint forces on Monday night, police sources said.

He was nabbed from the house of another criminal named Bablu of Assassuni.

 arrow Tala Jubo League body formed
A 51-member Tala upazila Awami Jubo League committee headed by Zakir Hossain and Khorshed Alam as President and General Secretary was formed at its biennial conference held at the Shilpakala Academy auditorium
 arrow Three 'outlaws' held
Three armed cadres of outlawed PBCP (M-L) were arrested by Rupsha thana police recently.

They are Mintoo shikary, 30, Aynal Shaikha, 28 and Shivpada Mondol 30.

 arrow Meeting reviews women repression cases in B'baria
Eighty-seven cases filed under the Women and Children Repression Act in the district are going to be disposed of soon.
Point-Counterpointarrow Moving above and beyond the 'Poverty Line'
There is controversy about Bangladesh's performance of poverty reduction during different parts of the last two decades and about the percentage of population who are currently living in poverty.
 arrow Financial management system : A critique
The management of government finances has always been a critical issue for any developing country. Without proper management of public finances no country can dream of a financially sound society.
 arrow Justice Syed Mahbub Murshed
My first meeting with Mr. Justice Syed Mahbub Murshed took place in the very early 1960's.
Culturearrow Tribute to Paradjanov, painter of the celluloid
The cinema, like heaven, has many mansions, and that occupied by Sergei Paradjanov is a very rich one indeed." - That is how film critic Liam O'Leary pays his tribute to this cinematic genius.
 arrow A winter's tale
Bangalis as such are fond of celebrations and festivities and hence are credited with the phrase 'baro mashey tero parbon' meaning observing thirteen festivals in twelve months.
 arrow Swani Zubayeer and his melodies
According to this young musician, 'composer' is too powerful a word to describe himself. However, the recent ghazal night held at the National Museum proved otherwise for Swani Zubayeer.
 arrow Aadibashi Janopod on ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla will telecast a documentary programme on the ethnic community of the country entitled Aadibashi Janopod from January-11 at 10:30 p.m.
 arrow Bend It ... like Bad Boys
British film Bend It Like Beckham has been included in the NAACP's list of nominees for Best Picture at its annual Image Awards ceremonies.
Internationalarrow US troops open fire on Iraqi cops: 2 dead
The US military yesterday confirmed that its soldiers mistakenly killed two Iraqi policemen overnight in the tense northern oil city of Kirkuk as relatives of the dead men demanded compensation.
 arrow Indo-Pak talks may not start next month
Composite dialogue talks between India and Pakistan might not start as expected in February 2004, as the Union government is rapidly moving into general election mode.
 arrow Terror threat level still 'high' at 8 US airports
The United States is keeping eight airports and other unspecified facilities on high alert for terrorist attack, after lowering the general threat level to "elevated" from "high".
 arrow UN still reluctant to send officials back to Iraq
In an effort to get UN staff back into Iraq, the United States Friday reviewed security for the world body, still reluctant to send officials into the field after last summer's disastrous bombing of its
 arrow Pakistan jails French journalists
A court in Pakistan has sentenced two French journalists to six months in prison for violating visa regulations.
 arrow BJP hints at Lok Sabha polls by end of March
Set to sound the electoral bugle at its 'historic' national executive meeting in Hyderabad, BJP yesterday hinted at the possibility of holding Lok Sabha polls by March end and said the Election Commission
 arrow BBC suspends TV show over host's anti-Arab comments
The BBC said Friday it was suspending a popular daytime television show after its veteran presenter sparked outrage by branding Arabs as "suicide bombers, limb amputators, women repressors".
Editorialarrow Editorial: Capitulation to extremists
The government decision to ban Ahmadiyya books and publications has, for understandable reasons, drawn the attention of the people not ready to be carried away by the recent wave of fanatic upsurge.
 arrow Editorial: Police Week
We have written extensively about police misconduct and the dire need for corrective actions.
 arrow End to Indo-pak tension in sight?
Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Sinha struck a positive note at Islamabad.
 arrow A welcome breakthrough
IDEOLOGICALLY, I do not agree with the BJP because it is as much polarising the society as the Muslim League was doing before partition.
Letters to Editorarrow Revamping SAARC
The 12th SAARC summit was held in Islamabad. SAFTA, a long cherished goal, has been prioritised in this summit.
 arrow Bangabandhu and Shaheed Zia
I refer to the letter titled "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Shaheed Zia" by Mr. OH Kabir which appeared in the DS , Jan 3, 2004.

I regret my inability to agree with Mr.

 arrow Strike and our political culture
Politics is a word which is very much related to development. But in case of Bangladesh it has reached a stalemate with little hope to move forward.
Star Holidayarrow Kapasia Trail
A cloud appeared in the horizon. Not the gentle Hemanta cloud, but cumulous.
Star Healtharrow A demanding cosmetic procedure for obese abdomen
There are many procedure to treat and control the obese victim e.g. diet, exercise, medication etc. But surgery has got limited role. There are many surgical procedure like abdominoplasty.
Star Cityarrow A canteen plan triggers flak, fear
Dhaka University's decision to rent out the canteen of the Institute of Fine Arts has provoked agitation among students, who fear it will harm the academic atmosphere on the campus.
 arrow Detectives to pick up hoarders!
The government goes slow in deploying detectives to control the price hike of essentials, an apparently artificial crisis blamed on hoarders.
 arrow DUTP eyes suburbs in its second phase
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) has prepared phase two of the Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) to continue the development and modernisation of traffic and transport sectors, as phase one
 arrow Cold spell blamed for low turnout at book fair
A low turnout of visitors has marked this year's Dhaka Book Fair because of what the organisers say the cold wave sweeping the country.
 arrow Peak time for picnic
Picture yourself on board a bus passing through the vast green fields while you are humming catchy tunes with friends without a care in the world.
 arrow Rajuk starts sending allotment letters for Purbachal plots
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has started sending allotment letters to the allottees of Purbachal plots.