Volume 4 Number 227 Tue. January 13, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Blast at Shahjalal's shrine kills 2
A man and a boy were killed and 37 others injured in a bomb explosion at the shrine of saint Shahjalal last night.
 arrow Ten killed as train rams truck at Tongi
At least 10 labourers were killed and 30 others injured when a train rammed their truck at Nimtali level crossing near Tongi early yesterday morning.
 arrow Cabinet body okays jt venture proposal
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday agreed in principle on a joint venture company's proposal to set up the 5-km-long Gulistan-to-Jatrabari flyover with private investment.
 arrow Intolerance has taken hold in Bangladesh
US Congressman Joseph Crowley yesterday warned that Bangladesh's image abroad might be tarnished due to recent incidents of religious intolerance in the country.
 arrow Decrease in joblessness hardly dents poverty
Partial unemployment of Bangladesh's labour force has come down to 32 percent over a decade from 43.
 arrow Public parks may go to private sector
The government is likely to hand over some public parks in the capital to business people for their long-time maintenance and beautification.
 arrow Govt-opposition talks must for effective JS
US Congressmen Joseph Crowley and Gregory Meeks, who had a meeting with Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, yesterday observed that the government and opposition should open dialogue to make parliament
 arrow Slum dwellers attack ansars camp, loot bullets
Hundreds of slum dwellers yesterday attacked an ansars camp at Kalyanpur in Mirpur and looted ammunition, cash and valuables, protesting construction of a boundary wall around a vacated slum land.
 arrow ZIA plunges into darkness for 10 mins
Zia International Airport (ZIA), excepting a new lounge on its southern part, plunged into darkness for 10 minutes yesterday evening.
 arrow Freedom fighters demand Huda's punishment
Several thousand freedom fighters (FFs) attending a rally at the capital's Paltan Maidan yesterday vowed afresh to launch a united movement to rescue the nation from the 'disastrous situation' and build
 arrow JCD leader shot dead in Rampura
Assailants shot dead a local Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader with alleged criminal records in front of his father on steps of their Rampura house yesterday.
 arrow Benapole AL leader killed in bomb attack
An Awami League (AL) leader was killed in a bomb attack here yesterday evening.
 arrow Khulna SI suspended on graft charge
The Police Headquarters yesterday suspended a sub-inspector (SI) of Khulna Police Station on graft charges.
 arrow UP chairman hacked to death in Naogaon
A gang of operatives allegedly belonging to outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) yesterday hacked to death a Union Parishad (UP) chairman at Raninagar in Naogaon.
 arrow Most trusted men may stage coup
The Bush administration has warned Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf that his most trusted "underlings" could stage a coup against him in the near future.
 arrow Exercise human values
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has asked the scouts for exercising human values to save a particular section of the youth around them from frustration and erosion of values.
 arrow Israeli president offers Assad peace talks
Israel's president yesterday invited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to visit Jerusalem for negotiations with Israeli leaders, but Damascus rejected the offer as "not serious.
 arrow Huda's appeal may be ignored
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda's appeal to recast the sub-committee on CNG auto-rickshaw scam is likely to fall flat as most members of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry disagreed
 arrow UPDF blocks Panchhari roads as bus owners refuse toll
Armed members allegedly of outlawed United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) have been blocking a road at Jamtali in Panchhari for the last two days as Khagrachhari Bus Owners' Association (KBOA)
 arrow Jt forces club workers, 12 hurt
Twelve people were injured when joint forces baton charged workers of Daulatpur jute bailing press as they barricaded Khulna-Jessore highway disrupting traffic movement yesterday.
 arrow Unexploded bombs spare sergeant's life
A traffic sergeant escaped an attempt on his life yesterday when two bombs thrown at him at Moilapota intersection under Sonadanga Police Station here failed to detonate.
 arrow Meeting fails to end crisis
The crisis in Pakistanis-owned Habib Bank over termination of some officials and employees is set to linger on as a meeting between the management and agitating staff yesterday failed to thrash out asolution.
 arrow Levy proposal for Padma Bridge rejected
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday rejected a communications ministry proposal for imposition of levy on utility bills, services, interest on bank deposits and other savings instruments
 arrow Jayanti's husband denies homicide
Azam Reza, now on police remand, denied murdering his wife Jayanti Munshi Reza, a schoolteacher of Australian International School who was found dead in her Gulshan house Friday.
 arrow US soldier killed in Baghdad blast
A roadside bomb explosion yesterday in the Iraqi capital killed one US soldier and wounded two, bringing the American death toll to nearly 500 since the start of fighting in March.
 arrow Benazir appeals to let her return home
Appealing to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to allow both the exiled premiers to return home and be part of the Indo-Pak peace moves, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has said that only after
 arrow CT scan radiation may affect kids' IQ
Children who suffer a head injury are often routinely examined by a CT scan.
 arrow Seven held for 'drug theft'
Pabna police held seven people including four night guards of Pabna Mental Hospital in the last two days for their alleged link to the drug theft from the hospital's store on December 25.
 arrow Rafiqul acting secy to pry edn ministry
The government has appointed Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Education Rafiqul Islam as acting secretary to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.
 arrow Cabinet sends media bill for scrutiny
The cabinet yesterday sent back the draft of the Private Broadcast Media (Radio and Television) Bill 2004 seeking to bring the private satellite channels under the government control for further scrutiny.
 arrow Programme on Masterda forced to cancel
Teachers and students of philosophy department at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday forcibly occupied university library auditorium where a left-leaning student front was to organise a discussion on
 arrow Iraq, Spain urge UN to return to Iraq
The foreign ministers of Spain and Iraq called yesterday for the United Nations to return to the US-occupied country as soon as possible to help oversee the upcoming handover of power back to Iraqis.
Businessarrow PDB set to become holding co
The Power Development Board (PDB) is set to become a holding company and its generation units will become separate public limited companies.
 arrow Steel, re-rolling millers withdraw strike
Steel and re-rolling millers yesterday withdrew their strike after more than two weeks following the government assurance to look into their demands.
 arrow Lead-time cut, better port needed for RMG in post-MFA era
Making Chittagong Port and customs efficient, reducing lead-time and cutting cost of business will be major challenges for Bangladeshi garment exporters to survive in the quota-free trade regime, a leading
 arrow Telenor CEO for better GP service
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, chief executive officer (CEO) of Telenor ASA, the major shareholder of GrameenPhone (GP), feels the GP should thrash out ways to serve its subscribers better.
 arrow SEC asks banks to explain their position
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked listed banks to explain under what circumstances they disclose operating profit figures and asked them to publish full figures.
 arrow Call money rate steady
Inter-bank call money rate remained steady yesterday as most banks had sufficient funds to meet their payments, fund managers said.

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

 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Three bids of 1-day tenor amounting to Tk 187 crore were received and accepted.

 arrow BIMST-EC meet in Bangkok today
FBCCI Vice-president Abul Quasem Haider will present the Bangladesh country paper at the 3rd meeting of Economic Forum of BIMST-EC to be held in Bangkok today.
 arrow CSE signs deal with CDBL
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) on Saturday.
 arrow New office bearers of Computer Samity
SM Iqbal of Information Services Network Ltd and Ali Ashfak of RM Systems Ltd have been elected president and secretary general of Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) for 2004-2005.
 arrow New DMD of Prime Bank
Nasiruddin Ahmed joined the Prime Bank Limited as deputy managing director (DMD) on Wednesday.
 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 US seeks fresh start for stalled WTO trade talks
US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick Sunday urged members of the World Trade Organisation to restart stalled international trade talks, a US official said.
 arrow US officials in China for textile quota talks
China and the United States start negotiations Monday on textile quotas Washington has slapped on some Chinese knit fabrics, gowns and bras, the China Daily newspaper said.
Sportsarrow Football: Blame it on the ref
The blood and thunder Western Union Premier Division Football League clash between title aspirants Abahani and Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra ended in a goalless stalemate at the Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Cricket: Captains day out
It was a rare day for the captains to shine in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Football: A Vision for Bangladesh
A five-day seminar on 'Vision Asia -- Pilot Project' began in the city yesterday to assist the country in developing its football to international standards under an intensive programme.
 arrow Cricket: Nothing new in Tigers
The probables of the Zimbabwe-bound Bangladesh squad scored a massive 117-run victory over Richard McInnes' Under-19 team in their first practice match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Australia earn full points
Malaysia's aggressive play failed to top a still rusty Australia, who beat the hosts 3-2 in Azlan Shah Cup field hockey played here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh A on the wane
Bangladesh A's poor run with the bat continued as they were bowled out for a meagre 118 in the first innings by Pakistan Customs on the opening day of the four-day Patron's Trophy match at Karachi's National
 arrow Chess: Rani keeps winning
International Women Master Rani Hamid continued her solo lead with maximum eight points after the end of the eighth round games of the Igloo 25th National Womens Chess Championship at the NSC conference
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Bangladesh Rifles outplayed Old Ideals 29-8 in the Cute Premier Division Handball League match at the Outer Stadium Handball Ground yesterday.

The winners led the first half by 17-4.

 arrow Tennis: Int'l jr. tennis
Thirty-one matches were held on the second day of the International Junior Tennis Championship tournament at the Rajshahi Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: FedEx b'ball
Death Eaters defeated Saboteurs Club 88-26 to register the second victory in their third match of the FedEx Metropolis Second Division Basketball League at the Dhan-mondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday..
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi cricket
Raninagar Cricket Club defeated Abhijatri Krira Chakra by six runs in the First Division Cricket League held at Rajshahi Medical College Hostel field yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Brittle WI batting
The West Indies lower-order collapsed ignominiously Sunday against Easterns, presenting the South African side with a real chance of winning their four-day tour match at Willowmoore Park.
 arrow Cricket: Hussey impresses Waugh
Steve Waugh nominated David Hussey as a contender for Test and Australian one-day selection after the Victorian's masterful double century gave the Sheffield Shield leaders an extraordinary outright victory
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt extends streak
Lleyton Hewitt stretched his winning sequence at the Sydney International to 11 matches with a successful launching of his 2004 ATP Tour over Sargis Sargsian here on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: McEnroe admits taking steroids!
Former Wimbledon and US Open champion John McEnroe has admitted unwittingly taking steroids for six years.
 arrow Football: Delight at last for Espanyol
Espanyol moved off the bottom of the Spanish first division for the first time in nearly four months with a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Murcia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Roma owe Mancini
Roma held on to their three point lead at the top of Serie A on Sunday after scraping a 1-0 victory at Perugia as the top three in Italy all won.
 arrow Football: MU just ahead
Champions Manchester United went top of the premier league Sunday, but only by a point after being held to a 0-0 draw by Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Davids loan confirmed
Barcelona agreed a deal to sign Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids on loan from Juventus on Sunday after late-night talks with the player.
 arrow Football: The footballing immigrants!
A group of bogus football players from China vanished in South Korea without kicking a ball and are likely looking for work illegally after pulling off an elaborate immigration scam, police said Monday.
 arrow Football: Referee becomes popular
Referee Paul Durkin won the praise of both managers after admitting he had been wrong to deny Newcastle a penalty in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Honesty is bad!
Perugia coach Serse Cosmi has slammed his English striker Jay Bothroyd for being too honest in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at home to league leaders Roma.
Nationalarrow 11 river routes in southern dists face closure
A massive dredging of river routes from Barisal to other districts should be started immediately under a master plan to keep those navigable, vessel operators and IWTA officials said.
 arrow Wanted criminal moves with police protection!
Expelled central vice-president of BNP-backed 'Deshnetri Parishad' Kazi Khairuzzaman Shipon is being given police protection.

He moves with police protection.

 arrow Govt staff in BCC agitate for city corpn allowance
Government employees based in Barisal city brought out processions and held a rally on Sunday to press their demand for city corporation allowance.
 arrow Fog: Vessels arrive Barisal 6-12 hrs behind schedule
Dense fog delayed arrival of vessels to Barisal by 6 to 12 hours on Sunday.

BITWC vessel PS Masud reached the port from Dhaka at about 10 am, six hours behind schedule, BIWTC sources said.

 arrow Telelink with Rangamati snapped for 60 hours
Rangamati's telephone connection with rest of the country remained snapped for over 60 hours from 9 am Friday at a timer when a UNDP team is visiting the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow Smugglers snatch seized goods from BDR in Rajshahi
Armed smugglers snatched away 14 sacks of seized Indian sugar and salt from a team of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in the bordering Dakra area of Charghat upazila here on Saturday afternoon.
 arrow USTC students hold rally wearing black badges
Wearing black badges students of the University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) held a rally on the campus on Saturday.
 arrow Moulvibazar Chamber body formed
Md Abdul Wadud has become new president of the Moulvibazar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).

A seven-member executive committee of MCCI was also formed at its recent annual general meeting.

 arrow Life term for bus robbery in Kushtia
Additional District and Sessions Judge-I Ainul Haq has given life term to two persons for a bus robbery on the Kushtia-Jhenidah highway in 1999.
 arrow 20 hurt in clashes in Patuakhali
At least 20 people including two women were injured in clashes over land in Dashmina and Bouphal upazilas recently.
 arrow Physics confce begins at CU
An international Physics conference began at the Mathematical and Physical Science Research Centre (MPSRC) of Chittagong University (CU) on Saturday.
 arrow Law and order reviewed in Bhola
Th district law and order committee at a meeting on Saturday with the Deputy Commissioner in the chair reviewed the crime situation in the district.
 arrow Accused in Pabna Mental Hospital dacoity case held
Selim Reza alias Kalu (40), al alleged ringleader of an organised gang of criminals and an accused in Pabna Mental Hospital dacoity case, was arrested on Saturday from Chanchra Madhyapara in Jessore Kotwali
 arrow 19-man Gopalganj Press Club body elected
A 19-member executive committee of Gopalganj Press Club headed by Alhaj Farid Ahmed (Dainik Rupali) and Syed Mirazul Islam (UNB) as President and General Secretary (GS) was elected through an election
 arrow 10 babies die of Pneumonia in Satkhira
A least 10 babies died from pneumonia and four elders died from cold in the district in the last seven days.
 arrow Bodies of two brothers recovered
Police on Sunday recovered bodies of two abducted brothers from a shoal in the Botolbunia river in Sharikkhali village in the Sadar upazila.
 arrow Lalmonirhat Bar Assoc office-bearers
A new committee of Lalmonirhat Bar Association was elected with Advocate Hasan Shaheed as President and Advocate Abul Fattah as Secretary for the year 2004-'05.
 arrow Warm clothes distributed among distressed
Bogra district administration distributed warm clothes among the cold stricken people of 12 upazilas here recently.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Private universities springing up like tea stalls'
Higher education is at an impasse in Bangladesh.
 arrow Beyond token
The US Census recently took steps to be more inclusive. But the subcontinental population is still lumped together under "Indian-Asian.
 arrow SAARC: Indo-Pak relations
The much maligned SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) appears to have come to life through the just concluded Summit in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan.
 arrow South Asia's long march ahead
The heads of state and government of the seven-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) which groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, held their
Culturearrow A meeting of minds
The Daily Star: How did the two of you get together: did your friends and family encourage you in this romantic venture?

Fareha Zeba & Juise: We had been batch mates studying graphic

 arrow Artistic approach in photographs and posters
The Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) which was established in 1978, collects not only the prints but also other documents like posters and photographs of films.
 arrow Roundtable on film society movement
A roundtable on the film society movement in Bangladesh will be held today at the Teachers-Students Centre (TSC) of the University of Dhaka.
 arrow Actor slates Spielberg's Cuba trip
Actor Robert Duvall has criticised director Steven Spielberg on US TV for visiting Cuban president Fidel Castro.
 arrow Zakir Hussain and the rhythm experience
Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon.
Generalarrow Ramos calls for diversified economic cooperation
Bangladesh and the Philippines could enhance trade and economic cooperation for mutual benefit, former president of the Philippines Fidel V Ramos said yesterday.
 arrow President tells police to be friends of people
President Iajuddin Ahmed has expressed the hope that the police force would always be on their feet to perform their duties in protecting law and order.
 arrow Bangladesh a tolerant society: Crowley
US Congressman Joseph Crowley was accorded a reception in the city yesterday in recognition of his contribution to promoting Bangladesh's causes in the US Congress.
 arrow Japan gives 30m doses of polio vaccine
Bangladesh yesterday received 30 million doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) from Japan as part of continuing drive to help eradicate polio from the country by 2005.
 arrow Screening of 'Matir Moina' extended till Jan 16
Due to overwhelming response by the audience in Chittagong, the screening of Tareque Masud's acclaimed film 'Matir Moina' has been extended till January 16, says a press release.
 arrow Criminals beat cops in Ctg
A gang of criminals beat two police constables who were on the lookout for a notorious criminal, Mohammad Shamim, at Reazuddin Bazaar in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow 'India to finalise date for resuming talks with Pakistan soon'
India will soon finalise the dates for resuming the composite dialogue with Pakistan, besides the level and the venue of the talks, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said yesterday.
 arrow Israel threatens unilateral move
Israel will start to implement its own unilateral measures in about six months time if no bilateral agreement is reached by then with the Palestinians, Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday.
 arrow National polls to be held 'at the earliest': Vajpayee
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday said parliamentary polls would be held "at the earliest" opportunity after his ruling Hindu nationalists backed a campaign to bring the vote forwards.
 arrow India, China start new round of talks on border dispute
Indian and Chinese negotiators were meeting in Beijing yesterday for a new round of talks aimed at resolving the ongoing border dispute between the nuclear neighbours, officials said.
 arrow Saudis hit back at Perle's 'axis of evil' jibe
Saudi Arabia angrily rejected yesterday a "tendentious" campaign led by US hawks after an advisor to Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lumped the kingdom in the "axis of evil.
 arrow N Korea urges US to accept nuke freeze
A day after showing American delegates its "nuclear deterrent," North Korea marked the anniversary of its withdrawal from an international nuclear treaty by resolving to bolster its defenses against a
 arrow US takes credit for thaw in Indo-Pak ties
Describing the decision by India and Pakistan to resume composite dialogue as "historic", US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the breakthrough was the result of two years of work by his country
Editorialarrow Editorial: Retirement age
The cabinet committee is looking into the prospect of raising the retirement age. We say, it should strongly recommend it without ado.
 arrow Editorial: Anti-land grabbing initiative
In the past weeks we have been writing both news reports and editorials to try to focus the government's attention on the problem of public land being illegally appropriated, occupied or otherwise used
 arrow From the Philippines and for the rice
Few persons would, perhaps, favour a forthright liberalization of rice trade. The reasons are not far to seek.
 arrow Public property and private gain
Aparliamentary subcommittee recently found Rajuk's allocation of two plots to the Rajuk Employees Welfare Society in 1994 and 1998 to be illegal.
Letters to Editorarrow Minority rights
Your news item "US State Department lauds Dhaka for religious freedom, critical of minority rights", December 22, 2003( front page) reflected a partial view of the reality of rural life in the context
 arrow Stringent electronic media law....
I read with great interest one of the lead news items published in the DS of January 11. This was shocking.
 arrow Boorish behaviour!
In the year 2003, we celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the Victory Day.
 arrow Is it true?
There is no doubt that the western media are run by the Zionists and, therefore, they try to highlight the Muslim countries as terrorists.