Vol. 4 Num 232 Sun. January 18, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow ICC-B conference calls for trade talks restart
A high profile international business conference began in the city yesterday with a call to resume the stalled Cancun trade talks in a transparent and inclusive manner that enables the poorer economies
 arrow EU may consider option from March: Lamy
European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy yesterday said his organisation will start weighing options to relax the rules of origin from March to facilitate the least developed countries (LDCs)
 arrow 101 more items to get Thai tariff concession
Trade concession offered early last year by Thai government on 128 Bangladeshi items will come into force very soon.
 arrow Family feels insecure, no headway in probe
Police have made little progress in uncovering the motive for the killing of prominent journalist Manik Saha and hunting down his killers despite raging torrents of protest against the killing and demands
 arrow Amendment to constitution on agenda
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into its 11th session today with the main opposition Awami League still refusing to end its House boycott.
 arrow Activists call for actions against US companies
The anti-globalisation movement was weighing its tone yesterday as its annual strategy meeting got underway with calls for action against US companies and appeals to find a new and more militant means
 arrow Musharraf faces quit demand from MPs
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was heckled yesterday by lawmakers shouting for him to quit office as he made his first-ever speech to Parliament since seizing power in a military coup more thanfour
 arrow JS committee blanks again
The parliamentary standing committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry yesterday discussed the proposed bill to set up an independent anti-corruption commission but took no decision.
 arrow Podium of protest erected at Khulna
A Pratibad Mancha (a podium to protest) has been erected at the spot where journalist Manik Chandra Saha was killed in a bomb attack here on Thursday with a call to top political figures to announce from
 arrow Hartal enforced in Khulna
The day-long hartal enforced by Khulna journalists protesting the murder of their colleague Manik Saha passed off peacefully in the city yesterday.
 arrow Noab condemns Manik Saha's murder
The Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab) has strongly condemned the killing of journalist Manik Saha in Khulna on Thursday.
 arrow Petrobangla investigators taken aback
A group of Petrobangla investigators were flabbergasted yesterday after visiting the sub-standard installation sites of two 100-km pipelines under the Bangabandhu Bridge Approach Road Gas Pipeline Project
 arrow 3 GIs, 2 Iraqis killed in Baghdad attack
Guerrillas killed three US soldiers and two Iraqi civil defense officials in a bomb attack north of Baghdad yesterday as Washington insisted it would hand over political power in Iraq in mid-2004 as scheduled.
 arrow PCJSS starts 48-hr road blockade in CHT tomorrow
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) will enforce a 48-hour road blockade in the three districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) tomorrow to press home its four-point demand.
 arrow Mob stones Altaf's motorcade
A mob yesterday barricaded Barisal-Dhaka highway for six hours and threw bricks on the motorcade of the home minister protesting an early morning armed robbery at Gournadi bazaar allegedly aided and abetted
 arrow 4 sons of Charmonai pir jailed in Barisal
A court yesterday sentenced four sons of the Charmonai pir and 17 of his followers to five-year rigorous imprisonment for snatching money and firearms from a Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader.
 arrow JCD men assault RU proctor
Activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) allegedly assaulted the proctor and students' advisor of Rajshahi University at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Secy-level JRC meet begins Tuesday
Water resources secretaries of India and Bangladesh will meet in New Delhi next week to explore ways to make an interim arrangement for sharing waters of the Teesta and six other common rivers.
 arrow Carrot of free time fools them all
Grameen mobile phone users throughout the district actually wiped off some minutes from their pre-paid and post-paid phone cards while trying to pocket some free talk time.
 arrow Rapist get death penalty
A tribunal in Narayanganj yesterday pronounced death sentence to a man for murdering a child after rape.
 arrow Bangla-China Consultations starts in Beijing today
The sixth round Bangladesh-China Bilateral Consultations starts today in Beijing with a view to widening cooperation as well as reducing the huge trade gap between the two countries.
 arrow DB takes Jayanti murder case
Gulshan police yesterday handed over the case docket and other documents regarding schoolteacher Jayanti Munshi Reza murder to Detective Branch (DB) of police.
 arrow Detention of 13 Indians: HC asks govt to explain
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause why the detention of 13 Indian nationals, who had already served prison sentence, should

not be declared unlawful.

 arrow Outlaw slain by rival faction
A member of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in inter-faction violence yesterday, two days after a PBCP group raided the village home of Khulna city mayor's father-in-law.
Businessarrow Introduce VAT stamps, hold lottery on cash memos
The Revenue Reform Commission (RRC) has recommended introduction of VAT stamps to increase VAT collection especially from a number of 'hard to tax' areas.
 arrow Malaysians plan investment in Bangladesh's electronics, ceramics, edible oil
Malaysian entrepreneurs have identified electronics, ceramics and edible oil as major areas for investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow 20 depository participants sign deal with CDBL
As the central depository system (CDS) starts operation from January 24, some 20 brokerage houses signed agreement with the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), service provider of the system,
 arrow India eases FDI flows in petroleum, pvt banking
Giving a hard push to economic reforms, the government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has allowed cent percent foreign direct investment (FDI) for petroleum, private banking and scientific and
 arrow Vietnam, Lanka keen to boost trade with Bangladesh
Vietnam and Sri Lanka have expressed their keen interest to boost bilateral trades with Bangladesh involving more private sector initiatives in the process.
 arrow Dollar steady against taka
The US dollar was steady against Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade yesterday, while the US unit rallied after data showing that foreign investors beefed up US holdings and the US consumer sentiment
 arrow Modalities of offloading SoE shares discussed
As part of the Privatisation Commission's move to offload government shares in state-owned enterprises (SoEs) through stock exchanges, a team of consultants yesterday met with the Dhaka Stock Exchange
 arrow Seminar for bank officials starts
A two-week long national seminar on project management for bank officials began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow AP holds annual distributors' confce
AP (Dhaka) Limited, a company engaged in producing unani and ayurvedic medicines along with herbal cosmetics and food, organised its annual distributors conference 2003 recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Emirates takes delivery of Airbus
Emirates has taken delivery of the first of eight Airbus A340-300 aircraft which will join the airline this year.
 arrow Annual sales confce of Globe Pharma held
The annual sales conference 2003 of Globe Pharmaceuticals Limited was held recently in Dhaka.
 arrow US security measures worry trade partners
The United States was urged by trading partners Friday to ensure security measures it wants to enforce against bioterrorism at ports and other points of entry do not hamper free trade.
 arrow Anti-globalisation movement seeks alternatives to WTO
Boosted by the Cancun talks failure, anti-globalisation activists Saturday called for the setting up of alternatives in the developing world to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Sportsarrow Football: Peace returns to Mirpur
Sanity returned to the Western Union Premier Division Football yesterday when Brothers Union scored a lone goal victory over Badda Jagorani at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Football: MSC apply for full points
Mohammedan Sporting Club yesterday de-manded full three points from their abandoned Western Union Premier Division Football League match against Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra.
 arrow Cricket: Bashir, Anis steal spotlight
Young all-rounder Tamim Bashir and seasoned right-hand batsman Anisur Rahman stole the show for holders Khulna and Rajshahi in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq rampage not enough
New Zealand survived a batting blitzkrieg by Abdul Razzaq to snatch a dramatic four-run win with three balls to spare over Pakistan here Saturday in a champagne spectacle of cricket which produced more
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs' narrow miss
Herschelle Gibbs was dismissed eight runs short of a double century as South Africa continued to dominate on the second day of the fourth and final Test against the West Indies at Centurion Park Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan, Jewel face punishment
The disciplinary committee of the Dhaka Mahanagari Football League Committee, it was learnt, has recommended penalising Mohamme-dan Sporting Club one point and declare Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra
 arrow Cricket: Unimpressive nat'l batting
Manzarul Islam Rana ripped through the Under-19 batting as the Zimbabwe-bound Bangladesh national team romped to a six-wicket win in their second practice match at BKSP in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Mixed day for local boys
Bangladesh boys had mixed fortunes on the opening day of the 32-player qualifying round in the Sheltech 18th Bangladesh Interna-tional Junior Tennis Championships that began yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A team play KRL today
The touring Bangladesh A team will take on Khan Research Laboratory (KRL) in their last match in the Inter-Department Cricket Championship in Pakistan today.
 arrow Chess: C'wealth chess
Grand Master Niaz Murshed won his seventh round game against Asian junior champion Prathamesh Sunil Mokal of India in the Common-wealth Chess Championship at Mumbai yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Aga Khan golf held
Brig Gen Md Rafiqul Islam and CD Hwang bagged the men's and ladies' titles respectively in the 32nd Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf Tournament that ended at the Kurmitola Golf Club course yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Singer chess
The second round of the preliminary phase Singer 30th National Chess Championship completed yesterday with 19 players were sharing the lead securing maximum points at the NSC.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart school cricket
Donavan High School earned an exciting one-run victory over Jainkathi High School in the inaugural match of the Standard Chartered 22nd National School Cricket Championship at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Venus very serious
Venus Williams did not waver for a second when asked if she was ready for next week's Australian Open.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand vows to fight
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is to appeal against his eight-month ban for missing a drugs test but will start his suspension on January 20, according to his team.
 arrow Football: Blatter in tight spot!
FIFA President Sepp Blatter drew condemnation from women's sports figures on Friday for saying the future of women's football could rest with tighter shorts.
Metropolitanarrow Strengthen democracy, bring transparency
Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday urged the government to form independent anti-corruption commission, appoint ombudsman and separate the judiciary from the executive to strengthen democracy
 arrow Ershad calls for unity to end misrule of govt
Former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday called for a greater unity of people and political parties to free the nation from the misrule of the government.
 arrow Arrest of Manik Saha's killers demanded
Rajshahi Journalists Society yesterday mourned the death of eminent journalist Manik Chandra Saha who was brutally killed in Khulna on Thursday.
 arrow Swedish minister visits RH Step centre
Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation Carin Jamtin visited the Reproductive Heath Services, Training and Education Programme (RH Step) centre at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
 arrow 12th National Immunisation Day today
In a bid to keep Bangladesh free from polio, the first round of 12th National Immunisation Day campaign will be carried out today to vaccinate more than two crore under-5 children.
 arrow Hasina gives money to Sylhet blast victims
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday gave Tk 10,000 to the families of three people each who were killed in the bomb blast at the shrine of HazratShahjalal
Nationalarrow India constructs barbed wire fencing along Satkhira border areas
Work on barbed wire fencing, observation tower and pucca road along the bordering Ghojadanga area in India opposite Bhomra port in Satkhira goes on in full swing by the government of India in violation
 arrow Eco park at Modhupur: Father sues nine for killing Piren
Netrakona: Nine persons including the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Tangail and the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Modhupur police station (PS) were sued for killing indigenous Garo youth Piren Snal on
 arrow No safety, security of people during Alliance rule: Jalil
There is no safety and security of people's life and property as the law and order has gone from bad to worse during the Four-party Alliance rule.
 arrow 3 killers get life term in Bogra
Three people were awarded life term imprisonment by a court here for killing a Diploma-in-Commerce student on Wednesday.
 arrow Transport strike in Gaibandha from Wednesday
Owners and transport workers in Gaibandha have threatened an indefinite strike from Wednesday if their three-point demands are not met by Tuesday.
 arrow 12 journalists killed in southwestern dists since '94
Twelve journalists including three editors were killed in different districts of south-western zone of the country since 1994.
 arrow BNP to stand by distressed: Tarek
BNP Joint Secretary General Tarek Rahman said that his party would always stand by the distressed.
 arrow Man killed in B'baria clash
One person was killed by rivals at Sunatla village in Nasirnagor upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Mental torture of money lender compels woman to commite suicide?
A housewife committed suicide here after being unable to bear mental torture inflicted by her money lender on Wednesday night.
 arrow Killing slated
Gaibandha Press Club members at a meeting condemned the brutal killing of Khulna-based Dainik Sangbad Staffer Manik Chanda Shaha and demanded exemplary punishment to killers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Political parties should support 'de-govenmentalisation'
I do not think there is a word called 'de-governmentalisation' (hereinafter: DGN) in the dictionary. But I am using the term intentionally in this write-up.
 arrow Tax tribunal's role in settling disputes
There are a few steps of assessment of tax in Bangladesh.
 arrow Wooing foreign investors
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) figures are beginning to turnaround. According to recent numbers published by UNCTAD, global FDI activities seemed to have plateaued after reaching a peak of US$1.
 arrow Manikda lives on
When my colleague and friend Supan from ntv rang me up on my mobile in the afternoon to fill me in with the news, I was taken aback by sheer disbelief.
Culturearrow Harvesting of high hopes
It is heartening to know that Bangladesh won one of the Grand Prizes in Tayeba Begum Lipi's "My Childhood-2" in oil.
 arrow Schedule for today
Central Public Library auditorium

Bank Ban by Saba Kael of Hungary at 10:30 am

Zakir and his Friends by Lutz Leonhardt of Switzerland at 12:30 pm

The Spiralby

 arrow Thunder Bolt presents winter outfits
It's better late than never! Thunder Bolt, a western bowling and fitness centre, is about to take the centre stage in the fashion arena in Bangladesh.
Internationalarrow US offers Iraq power transfer concessions
US overseer in Iraq Paul Bremer says Washington is open to compromise on its power transfer plans for the country after a leading Shiite cleric threatened strikes and protests unless the US-led coalition
 arrow Vajpayee hopes Pakistan will keep commitments
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday said he hoped the commitments given him by Pakistani leaders during his recent meetings with them would be implemented "sincerely.
 arrow Campaign launched to control small arms trade
Former Ireland president Mary Robinson said yesterday development and human rights groups had launched an international campaign for a treaty to control small arms, along the lines of the Landmine Convention.
 arrow More people falling ill in Vietnam as bird flu claims new victim
The World Health Organization confirmed yesterday that a fourth person had died from bird flu in Vietnam and warned that a growing number of people were falling sick with respiratory illnesses.
 arrow Ash most attractive woman
In a poll conducted by hellomagazine.com, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai was voted the most attractive woman of 2003.
 arrow US reminds Israel to weigh consequences of targeted killing
The United States Friday issued its boilerplate warning for Israel to consider the consequences of its actions amid signs the Jewish state has targeted the spiritual leader of the radical Islamic Hamas
 arrow US troops likely to quit Seoul
South Korea will likely agree to a US proposal to pull all its troops out of Seoul with no residual units in the capital, Korean officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Fresh concern over primary education
That primary schooling is the building block or cornerstone of any worthwhile educational system is universally acknowledged.
 arrow Editorial: Barisal fiasco
The police initiative to bring back around 80 outlaws to normal life drew a blank in Barisal on Friday. The scheduled 'surrender ceremony' could not be held as the two local MPs failed to turn up.
 arrow Richard Perle's faux pas
Arch conservative Richard Perle has done it again. In a recent interview with CNN Perle was quoted as saying "The Saudis qualify for their own membership of the axis of evil".
 arrow Power, not principles
That the BJP would go for the polls after Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's successful visit to Pakistan was expected. What was not expected was the remark which Defence Minister George Fernandesmade.
Letters to Editorarrow Political Consensus
We have a background of fighting against foreign rulers. We fought for our freedom against such rulers, especially the British and the Pakistanis for their oppression and exploitation.
 arrow Justice for the rich only?
This refers to the recent comment by one of our respected judges that, "justice" in Bangladesh can only be afforded by the rich! Now, how in the world did we end up in such a situation?

The lawyers

 arrow The 'Hartal' Culture
So, again the movement to oust the government by applying the old technique-- the hartalhas begun. The Awami League is spearheading the movement this time around.
 arrow Retirement Age
The government may enhance retirement age to 60 years like other SAARC countries-- India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The age limit for entry to government service was 25, then 27 and now 30 years.

 arrow "The Strength Within"
It is undoubtedly an admiring effort of the Daily Star to permit the ANNOUNCMENT on 02-01-04 with the title above.
Star Cityarrow Gone with the wind?
The boards in front of the National Martyrs Memorial in Savar, describing the history of the Liberation War in brief, reflect a sharp divide in politics.
 arrow 30 lakh live under eviction threats
The grim prospect of eviction looms on some 30 lakh people, a third of the capital's population, eking out a living in 3,000 slums of the megalopolis where they live in squalor.
 arrow JU Founding Day

 arrow Many link roads still in bad condition
Although the main roads of the capital often go through expensive repair jobs, the link roads are usually neglected.
 arrow Master plan for waste management by Dec
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has taken a one-year project to design an advanced master plan for solid waste management.
 arrow Wasa bill books for consumers soon
The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is likely to issue bill books to consumers from next month.
 arrow Health Page
Today's Health Page has been dropped due to unavoidable reasons. However it will come out tomorrow.
Star City in Framesarrow Defiant as Ever
Thousands of people laid down their lives for the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 and thousands more became physically disabled fighting for their motherland.