Volume 4 Number 226 Mon. January 12, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow 1,200 Mongla dock workers face axe
The government is likely to soon give the golden handshake to some 1,200 dock workers at Mongla seaport.
 arrow A floating home

 arrow PSI scrap to hike import costs 5-8 times
The country's apex trade body and leading chambers and associations yesterday expressed deep concern over the recent unilateral government decision to do away with pre-shipment inspection (PSI) scheme.
 arrow Ahmadiyya book ban violation of rights
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday protested the ban on Ahmadiyya publications, terming the government decision as a violation of the community's fundamental and constitutional rights.
 arrow Stretched retirement age under scrutiny
The Cabinet Committee on Public Administration Reforms yesterday started looking into the prospects of increasing service life of bureaucrats by shifting the retirement age.
 arrow Saddam's trial may begin in 6 months
Six Iraqis were killed by police and British forces during a protest in southern Iraq on Saturday, as it emerged that Saddam Hussein could stand trial within six months after the Pentagon declared him
 arrow PM asks cops to go tough on crime
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia yesterday gave strong instructions to the police high-ups to go tough for maintaining an atmosphere congenial to development, production and local and foreign investment.
 arrow Rescind ban on publications
Four civil society organisations yesterday served a legal notice on the government for issuing a press release 'banning wholesale and without notice the publications of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh'.
 arrow Huda wants recast of JS probe body
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday sought recast of the parliamentary committee formed to investigate alleged corruption in the import of CNG autorickshaws.
 arrow JS body for speedy trial of land grabbers
A parliamentary body yesterday recommended to the government for taking tougher steps including speedy trial of land grabbers and using the Special Powers Act to recover public land from encroachers across
 arrow Sustainable high cropping main challenge
Bangladesh faces the hard challenge of increasing crop production in a sustainable way to take the load off the ever squeezing farm land.
 arrow Padma Bridge levy proposed
The communications ministry has proposed imposition of levy on utility bills, services, interest on bank deposits and other savings instruments to collect funds for the proposed Padma Bridge.
 arrow AL MPs ask govt to drop scheme
An Awami League (AL) parliamentary delegation yesterday demanded immediate scrap of Madhupur eco-park project and a judicial probe under a sitting judge into the killing of an anti-scheme protester.
 arrow PM seeks free RMG access to US market
The US Congress delegation, on a four-day visit here, yesterday assured Bangladesh of all cooperation in its socio-economic development and efforts to explore potentials in the international arena.
 arrow Telenor CEO arrives today
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Telenor ASA, the major shareholder of Bangladesh's leading cellphone operator GrameenPhone, arrives in Dhaka today on a two day-visit.
 arrow AL to join JS if 15-pt met
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will join the House if the government meets its 15-point charter of demands, announced by the party chief Sheikh Hasina from Saturday's rally, said Deputy Leaderof
 arrow US introduces finger scan for visitors
The United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) programme has been launched on January 5, 2004, at all 115 US international commercial airports and 14 major seaports served
 arrow 5 more districts get cheap int'l call facility
Subscribers of five more districts can make call to Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the USA from today at the reduced rate introduced by the state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB).
 arrow Saddam's WMDs may never be found: Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair suggested yesterday that Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction may never be found in Iraq.
 arrow Hasina visits Benin plane crash victim's house
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited the house of Warrant Officer Shafiqul Islam killed in the Benin plane crash along with 14 other Bangladesh Army officers.
 arrow Ramos supports Dhaka-Manila academic link
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday emphasised the need for exchange programme for university teachers and students between Bangladesh and the Philippines Fidel V Ramos, former president of the Philippines,
 arrow Lawyers' body formed to back B Chy
Supreme Court lawyers have formed an 81-member committee to extend support to former president Badruddoza Chowdhury's vision of alternative politics.
 arrow Charges framed in Rumi murder case
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal, Khulna yesterday framed charges against four accused in the Rumi murder case.
 arrow 'Mobile' Kader's petition rejected
The High Court (HC) yesterday summarily rejected the petition of 'Mobile' Kader who stands accused of murder in the Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow Husband accused of murder charge, on police remand
A murder case was filed with Gulshan Police Saturday night accusing Azam Reza, a Dhaka Bank executive, of murdering his wife Jayanti Munshi Reza, a teacher of Australian International School, whose body
 arrow Labourer crushed under bus
A day labourer was run over and killed by a bus when robbers, posing as passengers, stabbed him and kicked him down from the speeding vehicle after he refused to hand over his Tk 800 at Moghbazar yesterday.
Businessarrow Poorly performing mission officials may be recalled
Commercial counsellors working at different missions abroad may face recall if they fail to improve their performances on export promotion activities, a commerce ministry evaluation meeting was told yesterday.
 arrow Retailers behind high prices of essentials
It is the profit-mongering retailers rather than extortionists or middlemen who are to be blamed for the price upswing of essentials, says a study of a non-governmental organisation.
 arrow Workshop for creating awareness about electricity saving tech
Awareness about the benefits of electricity saving technology is needed as it can save substantial amount of power, speakers at a workshop observed yesterday.
 arrow FBCCI places suggestions to end crisis in re-rolling mills
As the striking steel and re-rolling millers threaten besiege the Secretariat, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday submitted its recommendations to Finance
 arrow ADB plans assistance to up Ctg Port efficiency
A meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) here yesterday termed the pace of activities in Chittagong port as slow and as costly.
 arrow Local businesses urged to take part in Russian trade fairs
Russian Federation Ambassador to Bangladesh Oleg S Malginov has said communication gap was one of the major obstacles in developing bilateral trade with Bangladesh.
 arrow BB asks banks not to use savings instruments as collateral
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has instructed banks not to use savings instruments as collateral for bank loans.

But the instruments currently used as collateral will remain valid until the end of their schedules.

 arrow Extortion takes toll on business, say dredger owners
Private dredger and vessel owners have said their business is facing a setback due to imposition of various taxes, extortion and 'harassment' by law enforcers.
 arrow Taka under pressure against dollar
Bangladesh taka remained under pressure against the US dollar in inter-bank market yesterday despite the volume of trade was thin due to weekend holiday in most international markets.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The inter-bank money rate was steady yesterday fund managers said.

The call money rate touched its intra-day high at 8.00 per cent and intra-day low at 4.00 per cent compared to bank rate of 5.

 arrow New DMD of Pragati Ins
QAFM Sirajul Islam has joined Pragati Insurance Limited as deputy managing director recently, says a press release.
 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
Sportsarrow Football: Cameroon-powered MSC
Mohammedan Sporting Club went top of the table for the first time this season when the defending champions thrashed Arambagh Krira Sangha 3-0 in the Western Union Premier Division Football League at the
 arrow Cricket: Sanwar slams Sylhet
An unbeaten century by national discard Sanwar Hossain helped Dhaka to take a first innings lead against Sylhet on the second day of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League match yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Brad blows Zimbabwe up
Paceman Brad Williams captured his best wicket haul in one-day cricket as Australia demolished Zimbabwe by 99 runs in their triangular one-day series cricket match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lillee help me: Lee
Australian pace bowler Brett Lee has called on fast bowling guru Dennis Lillee to help him get out of a form rut.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels over?
Marlon Samuels was on Friday weighing up the most important decision of his career, as he decides whether to undergo corrective surgery on his left knee.
 arrow Cricket: Jones ready for action
Paceman Simon Jones is ready to force his way back into the England side.

Jones has not played for England since suffering a knee injury in the first Ashes Test 14 months ago.

 arrow Hockey: Germans keep on winning
Germany defeated South Korea 2-1 Sunday to remain unbeaten in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Cricket: A team keep on losing
Bangladesh A suffered their third consecutive defeat in the limited-overs Patron's Cup competition when the visitors lost against Pakistan Customs by 35 runs at the Karachi National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: AFC Vision Project starts today
Asian Football Confederation president Mohammed bin Hammam arrived in the city yesterday on a week-long visit. He is leading a 25-member strong AFC and FIFA delegation.
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club beat Old Ideals Club 31-9 in the lone match of the Cute Metropolis Premier Division Handball League at the handball ground yesterday.

The winners led the first half 20-5.

 arrow Tennis: Int'l jr. tennis
South Korea, Taipei, India and Thailand dominated the second day's qualifying matches of the International Junior Tennis Championship at the Rajshahi Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi cricket
Friends Sporting Club defeated Shiroil Cricket Club by 82 runs in the First Division Cricket League match at the RMC Hostel ground yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rani still leader
International Women's Master Rani Hamid of Biman maintained her solo lead in the IGLOO 25th National Women Chess Championship with maximum seven points beating Masuda Begum of Barisal in the seventh round
 arrow Football: Jugantor meet Independent
The daily Jugantor and The Independent yesterday moved into the final of the third Meril Media Cup Football Tournament.

The final will be played tomorrow morning at the outer stadium handball court.

 arrow Tennis: Hungry Henin
World No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne says she is in better shape than she was 12 months ago as she embarks on the 2004 tennis season.
 arrow Football: To the script for Valencia
Valencia returned to the top of the Spanish first division thanks to a controversial 1-0 win at Albacete on Saturday as championship rivals Real Madrid went down 1-0 at Real Sociedad.
 arrow Football: Boro bombarded
Arsenal ripped Middlesbrough's normally watertight defence to shreds to move back alongside Manchester United at the top of the Premiership in emphatic style on Saturday.
 arrow Football: More than just a victory
Parma, whose future has been thrown into doubt following the collapse of disgraced parent company Parmalat, lifted some of the gloom hanging over them by defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in an emotional Serie
 arrow Football: Davids coming but...
Juventus' Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids is expected to join Spanish giants Barcelona in the near future, but the Catalan club admitted on Saturday that sealing the deal could take some time.
 arrow Football: Figo weighing options
After nearly four years with Real Madrid, Portugal's international midfielder Luis Figo has hinted he would like to move away from Spanish football.
Nationalarrow 'Criminals, non-students' in key posts of new Sylhet JCD bodies
JCD leaders and activists in Sylhet have strongly protested formation of most of its committees in the district with "criminals and non-students" in key positions and demanded their dissolution.
 arrow 'Only agri uplift, industry can remove monga'
A day-long workshop on 'Monga Situation and Steps' was held here on Saturday.
 arrow Garo people vow to continue agitation against Eco Park
Garo tribesmen held a rally at Tolki in Modhupur yesterday protesting the killing of Peren Snal in police firing on January 3.
 arrow 43 chargesheeted in Khulna Jubo Dal leader murder case
Forty-three persons were charge-sheeted in Khulna district Jubo Dal General Secretary Molla Sirajul Islam muder case.
 arrow Bedcover, lungi not safe for human health!
A BSTI (Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution) surveillance team identified seven commodities produced here as unsafe for human health.
 arrow Road accident kills 2 in Magura
Two persons were killed and two others injured in a road accident when a Jhenidah-bound truck hit a rickshaw van from behind near Golakata bridge in Sadar upazila on Magura-Jhenidah highway yesterday.
 arrow Agri ministry decides fate of Barisal Dev Project today
The fate of the Coordinated Regional Development Project, Barisal will be decided at a ministerial meeting in Dhaka today.
 arrow Four jailed in arms case in Narayanganj
A speedy trial court here sentenced four persons, including notorious criminal Kamu, accused in over 50 criminal cases, to five years rigorous imprisonment (RI) in an arms case on Saturday.
 arrow BUET student ends life
A second year student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) allegedly committed suicide by taking poison on Friday night over a family feud.
 arrow 5 drug traders held in Kushtia
Police on Saturday night arrested five persons for alleged drug trading.

Rasel, and Tuhin were arrested from Chourhas Colony in ten town with 10 bottles of phensidyl.

 arrow Retired college teacher dies hearing son's arrest
An old father of a former Union Parishad (UP) chairman died after hearing the news of his son's arrest.
 arrow Kushtia Jubo Dal body formed
A new committee of Kushtia district unit of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, headed by Mohsin Ali and Sahidullah Sahid as president and general secretary respectively, was elected here at its council held on Saturday.
 arrow Two Bangladeshis kidnapped by BSF
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted the two Bangladeshi nationals on Wednesday morning, BDR and local sources said.
 arrow Huda's remarks protested at RU
The Rajshahi University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) brought out a procession and held a meeting on the campus protesting remarks of Communication Minister Nazmul Huda at the Islami Chhatra
 arrow Patuakhali BWDB office still locked
The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) office in Patuakhali is still under lock and key.

While visiting the office at 10.30 am yesterday this correspondent found all rooms of the office closed.

 arrow Mismanagement in distribution of RU admission forms
Mismanagement marks distribution of Rajshahi University (RU) admission forms for 2003-'04 session.
 arrow Free plastic surgery camp at Faridpur
A week long free plastic surgery camp will begin at Faridpur General Hospital from January 19.
 arrow Anti-drug body formed in B'baria
A new committee was formed here to make people aware about bad effects of drug and smoking.
 arrow Contradiction
Sushil Chandra Roy, Caretaker of Nilsagor dighi, Nilphamari has contradicted a report published on the National Page on December 27.
Culturearrow Evidence of our times
Mohammed Eunus, who recently had his solo exhibition at the Bengal Gallery, speaking about why he had done all his work in semi-abstract, said, " I used to do a lot of realistic work during my student
 arrow Jahangirnagar Theatre
Athough Jahangirnagar Theatre is not a remarkable name in our drama lane, it is a popular theatrical group in Jahangirnagar University.
 arrow Ash says no sex with Brosnan
Aishwarya Rai has agreed to appear in the next James Bond film if its producers agree to use a body double for the sex scenes with Pierce Brosnan , who plays secret agent 007.
 arrow Lord of the Rings big winner at L.A. Film Awards
In a possible precursor to Oscar night next month, the final installment in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy won four prizes on Saturday at the ninth annual Critics' Choice Awards, an event whose picks
Generalarrow 'Some pvt varsities flout govt guidelines'
Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof M Asaduzzaman yesterday said some private universities were running their academic activities flouting the government formulated guidelines.
 arrow Charges to be framed tomorrow
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday fixed January 13 for charge framing in the sensational Srikanta Raxmit murder case.
 arrow AL conspires against democracy: Tariqul
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday said the opposition Awami League (AL) has been conspiring against the democracy in the country.
 arrow FNB election in March
Election to the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) and its districts committees will be held in March, says a press release.
 arrow Over 1,200 held
Police arrested 1,277 more people, including four identified criminals, during their ongoing countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow DUTA distributes blankets among destitutes
Members of the Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) distributed 250 blankets among the destitute in the capital on Saturday.
 arrow Death anniversary of Ataur Rahman today
Today is the 24th death anniversary of M Ataur Rahman, an anti-British movement veteran and one of the organisers of the liberation war.

He also took part in the Tebhaga, language and anti-Ayub movements.

 arrow Citigroup grants $ 3.5 lakh to Asian University for Women
Citigroup Foundation, the holding company of Citibank NA and the world's largest financial institution, made a grant of 350,000 US dollars to the Asian University of Women (AUW), says a press release.
 arrow Sub-editors Council executives
The installation ceremony of the newly elected committee of Dhaka Sub-editors Council was held at its Segun Bagicha office yesterday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow BJP drafts agenda for early polls
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Hindu nationalist leaders yesterday charted out a strategy for parliamentary elections, which they want to hold within months to cash in on India's economic
 arrow 'Iraq invasion planning started before Sept 11'
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill contends the United States began laying the groundwork for an invasion of Iraq just days after President Bush took office in January 2001 more than two years before
 arrow Blasts kill 5 Afghan soldiers, 4 Taliban
Five Afghan soldiers and four suspected Taliban militants have been killed in two separate explosions in southern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 'Half of Britons believe Blair lied over Kelly'
Fifty percent of British voters believe Prime Minister Tony Blair lied over the outing of David Kelly, the Ministry of Defence expert on Iraqi weapons who killed himself last year, a poll showed yesterday.
 arrow Top Iranian reformist blasts 'coup d'etat' by hardliners
Prominent Iranian reformist MP Mohsen Mirdamadi yesterday accused Tehran's powerful hardliners of staging a "coup d'etat" by disqualifying large numbers of reformers from standing in next month's parliamentary
 arrow US team saw potential nuke component in North Korea
North Korean officials showed what they said was recently reprocessed plutonium, a potential ingredient for a nuclear weapon, to a visiting US delegation this week, The Washington Post said yesterday,
 arrow Asian media overcoming censors, though slowly
Asian media are slowly winning the battle against authoritarianism and breaking the shackles of censorship thanks largely to technology and economic advancements, industry analysts and watchdogs say.
 arrow US to set up office in Libya for arms inspectors
The United States is considering plans to set up an office in Libya to assist US and British arms inspectors as they verify the dismantling of Libya's weapons of mass destruction programs, US officials
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sheikh Hasina's challenge
The leader of the opposition has issued an ultimatum for the government to accept the 15-point demands of her party.
 arrow Editorial: Mirpur Botanical Garden
Once again the illegal occupation of public land is raising the question of the government's willingness and ability to stand up against devious private interests for the common good.
 arrow Recolonisation of Middle East
Tariq Ali, Pakistan-born British political activist once gave a unique explanation of why Americans dropped the history's first nuclear bomb over Japan when the latter was briskly readying itself to sign
 arrow SAARC: From discord to concord
That the small is beautiful does not hold good in this bread and butter world, not at least in the domain of international relations.
 arrow Giving politicians a chance
There is no denying the fact that ours is a very tolerant country .
 arrow Honesty is the best policy is now an empty slogan
onesty is the best policy" is now an empty slogan, a saying found only in the books of quotations and proverb. Nobody believes it, let alone practicing it.
Letters to Editorarrow Education for all
My name is Fahim and I am an eleven-year old boy. I study in class five. I am writing this letter about the educational facilities of children in our country. Many children are illiterate.
 arrow Dr. Mahathir and OIC
I heartily and fully agree with Mr. RD Qureshi that OIC members should persuade Dr. Mahathir to take the position of the secretary general of the OIC.
 arrow Iraq issue
Peter D Feaver, Professor of political science at Duke University in North Carolina, recently pointed out, "The plain truth is that the United Nations does old-fashioned peacekeeping rather well and neo-colonial
 arrow Save the guest birds
With great merriment and enthusiasm, we welcome and enjoy the visit of thousands of birds from far away countries to Bangladesh every year during the winter .
 arrow Services of non-government teachers
The government has decided to retain services of non-government teachers for four subjects on contract-basis up to five years, after they attain 60 years of age.
 arrow PM's visit to DU
Referring the above mentioned letter by Dewan G Ahmed published in the DS (Dec 26, 2003), I would like to express my views on it. Although I don't completely agree with Mr.
 arrow US attitude towards Israel
The world has again seen a palpable US failure to play an impartial role in the Middle East . The US cast a veto against a resolution that would have gone against Israel.
 arrow Cancun debacle
The Cancun attempt to push the cause of the poor countries collapsed. Bangladesh performed there as the co-ordinator of the LDCs(Least Developed countries).
 arrow Rashid Latif's feat !
Rashid Latif is a man who could sacrifice everything for his team. He is a real team man. I think Pakistanis could declare him a national hero.
 arrow Four-year honours graduation
We are the first non-technical four-year honours graduates from an autonomous university in Bangladesh.
 arrow Selfish US !
Self-interest is the best interest for the US. The US has been criticised throughout the world for its selfish foreign policy.

Some examples of what the US is doing.

 arrow Pay for hartals!
In 2003 as well as this year, the American Embassy in Dhaka has distributed desk calendars which are not only very handy but contain a wealth of advice in the form of a quotation a day from a distinguished
 arrow Iran disaster
An earth quake shattered Bam, the historic Silk City of Iran a few days back. We all are shell-shocked at this gruesome disaster. Many nations across the world rushed to the aid of the victims.
 arrow Business in a school
I am writing to complain about the business set up by a school in Dhanmondi. The school has specified that students wear school uniform made of certain fabric, available only in the school tailor shop.
 arrow Our language
As usual, the International Mother Language Day will be observed in February , but we have not been able to implement our language in every sphere.
 arrow Mahi's comments
This letter is regarding the article about Mahi Chowdhury commenting about Nazmul Huda's statement. This seems to be an interesting move, trying to go against a senior cabinet minister.
 arrow Scientists abroad
Please refer to Eng. Nurul Islam's letter (Jan 8) on the above subject which points towards the anarchy prevailing in the government.
 arrow Media bashing?
This refers to your editorial (Dec 29, 03) with particular reference to the speech of Justice Latifur Rahman, past chief of the caretaker government.
Star Cityarrow Sangsad Bhaban shows signs of wear
White marble tiles protecting the walls of Sangsad Bhaban from water and humidity are falling apart in places because of lack of proper maintenance blamed on lack of funds.
 arrow Who controls them? Where to complain?
Gulshan Akhter, returning from Chittagong with her three children, was waiting for a taxicab at Kamalapur Railway Station for over half an hour.
 arrow Steps this month to stop honking of horns
The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has almost finalised the draft proposal of Noise Pollution (Control) Rules and its gazette notification may be completed by the end of this month.
 arrow DCC plans 13 Eid cattle markets
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has floated tenders for 13 makeshift cattle markets in the city ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.

Last date to drop the tender is January 13.

 arrow JU admission test dates and rules
The admission tests for the first year Honours courses of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be held from March 13-23.