Volume 4 Number 234 Tue. January 20, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Perc slams Airport Road facelift
The Public Expenditure Review Commission (Perc) in its final report recommended punishment to the persons responsible for wasting state funds in the name of a 'beautification and development' projecton
 arrow WB recommends staff wage hike
The World Bank (WB) has recommended recruitment of more skilled staff, including experts, and a rise in wages at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to enhance efficiency and cut corruption in the organisation.
 arrow Russian Roulette

 arrow 60,000 cases pending with PDB courts
The 16-year-old litigation system of the Power Development Board (PDB), introduced to check power theft, resolve billing disputes and ensure order, is now bogged down with over 60,000 pending cases.
 arrow Water talks open in Delhi today
Bangladesh and India begin two-day water talks in New Delhi today hoping to make major strides in long-term water sharing arrangements of seven of the 54 rivers that criss-cross the countries.
 arrow Pvt fixed line phone service in jeopardy
The move to bring private fixed phone operators under an open licensing system without resolving the nagging interconnection issue will jeopardise the whole process, telecoms experts fear.
 arrow Hostile politics taints Dhaka's image abroad
A leading German businessman yesterday said hostile behaviour of politicians toward each other is tarnishing Bangladesh's image.
 arrow Cabinet okays amendment to Copyright Act
The cabinet yesterday approved amendment to the Copyright Act 2000 aiming to preserve national interest in international trade in the perspective of globalisation as well as attract adequate foreign investment
 arrow Judicial service commission drafted
After dragging its feet for four years on the judicial service commission, the body to be mandated to recruit judges for lower courts, the government has finalised a draft of the body.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The energy ministry has issued a rejoinder to the news headlined "Installation of Gas Pipelines Tk 30 crore being siphoned off by doubling project cost" published in The Daily Star on January 17.
 arrow Shun overtaking to help manage traffic
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday laid the foundation of the second commercial-cum-parking complex in the capital's business hub Motijheel, renewing her call to follow queue system in driving vehicles
 arrow Dhaka reviewing revised Tifa draft
The US has sent a revised draft for the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) excluding a contentious clause that may enable Bangladesh to go ahead with the proposed deal.
 arrow HR fully compatible with globalisation
There is no inherent contradiction between globalisation and human rights, Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan told The Daily Star yesterday in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of
 arrow Clashes mark first day of CHT road blockade
The first day of the two-day road blockade programme in the three districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and hartal in Khagrachhari yesterday was marked by sporadic clashes between indigenous people
 arrow Decades of wait for promotion
More than eight drug superintendents (DS) at the Drug Administration (DA) headquarters are awaiting promotion for as long as 20 years.
 arrow BNP to hold PP meeting Jan 21 after 1 years
The ruling BNP will hold its parliamentary party meeting at the Sangsad Bhaban tomorrow in a decision that came over one and a half years after a second since the alliance came to power in 2001.
 arrow N'ganj JP office now sports Zia Academy signboard
The district unit office of Jatiya Party (JP) led by HM Ershad has been occupied by unidentified people and it now carries a signboard reading Zia Academy.
 arrow UK minister for int'l dev arrives today
British Minister for International Development Gareth Thomas, MP, arrives in the capital today on a two-day visit.
 arrow Body found in Mohakhali
Tejgaon police recovered the body of a young man from Mohakhali yesterday.

Police recovered the body of Rafiqul Islam Rana, 24, from behind Metropolitan Hospital at around 11:45am.

 arrow Journalists block Rajshahi-Dhaka Highway
Journalists in Rajshahi yesterday observed a token road blockade programme on the Rajshahi-Dhaka Highway demanding punishment to the killers of Khulna journalist Manik Chandra Saha.
 arrow DB men 'beat up' maids at Azam Reza's house
The Detective Branch of Police yesterday went to the residence of Azam Reza, the prime accused in the Jayanti Reza murder case, and beat up three maids on the pretext of interrogation, Rini Reza, sister
 arrow Zia's birth anniversary observed
The 68th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, founder of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was observed yesterday.
 arrow 3 JS finance bodies fail to deliver, blames Perc report
Three constitutional committees of the Jatiya Sangsad could not ensure accountability and transparency in public expenditure and remove corruption in state organisations, the Public Expenditure Review
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 5 lakh in presence of 'patrol police'
Robbers looted goods worth about Tk 5 lakh from a convoy of 10 trucks in presence of patrol police at Rajapur area of Pabna--Nagarbari Highway yesterday.
Businessarrow Gradual decline in exports to US raises alarm
The gradual decline in exports to the United States over the last three years has raised alarm as exporters apprehend a further dip in the quota-free trade regime after 2004.
 arrow Three-day US trade show begins tomorrow
The annual US trade show begins in Dhaka tomorrow to showcase American products and services available in Bangladesh.
 arrow Privatisation move for BPC enterprises sparks protest
Privatisation Commission's move to privatise some of the state owned enterprises (SoEs) under Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has triggered huge resentment among the officials and employees ofthe
 arrow Malaysian investors eye gas, tourism sectors
Malaysian entrepreneurs will invest in Bangladesh's prospective sectors including gas and tourism using the potential human resources available in the country.
 arrow Lamy expects framework for restarting WTO by April
European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said Monday a framework for restarting stalled World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks should be in place by April with a ministerial meeting possible laterthis
 arrow Vietnam's junior minister meets Khosru
Assistant Commerce Minister of Vietnam Do Nhu Dinh called on Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury at the latter's office yesterday.
 arrow New president of Khulna chamber
Munir Ahmed has been elected president of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) for a two-year term.
 arrow FM seeks more Japanese investment
As investors envisage bigger market in Bangladesh following the signing of the Safta pact, Foreign Minister Morshed Khan yesterday sought more Japanese investment in the country.
 arrow BCI wants more Danish investment
Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) invited Danish entrepreneurs to come forward with more investment in the potential sectors here to avail of the attractive incentive package and export-market opportunities.
 arrow Prime Bank, Siemens sign MoU
Siemens Bangladesh Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Prime Bank Limited to provide credit facilities under the bank's customer credit scheme.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.
 arrow Idcol holds ICT seminar
Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Idcol) in collaboration with Bangladesh Computer Samity, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (Basis) and Internet Service ProvidersAssociation
 arrow New chairman, vice-chairman of NCC Bank
Wazhiullah Bhuiyan and Khairul Alam Chaklader have been elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman of National Credit and Commerce Bank Ltd (NCC Bank).
 arrow New urgency to relaunch WTO talks looms
More than 20 trade or economics ministers are due to meet on the fringe of a forum in Switzerland this week as evidence mounts that the new year has brought with it a new urgency to relaunch global trade
Sportsarrow Cricket: Board open to captaincy
The ongoing speculations about who would lead Bangladesh during their coming away series against Zimbabwe was given a fresh twist when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to come out of its usual
 arrow Cricket: McInnes questions coaches' standards
Bangladesh Under-19 coach Richard McInnes hit back at his critics hard by stating that the country has only three qualified coaches.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka, Sylhet take control
League leaders Dhaka and Sylhet took handsome first-innings' leads on the third day of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League matches.
 arrow Cricket: Hookes' violent death
Former Australia batsman David Hookes died in hospital on Monday after suffering serious head injuries in an assault outside a Melbourne hotel, Hookes' family said.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies mourn
Australia's cricket community on Monday mourned former Test batsman and current Victorian coach David Hookes, who died after an assault outside a pub.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan, Gayle hold up SA
Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle hit half-centuries as South Africa's push for victory was held up on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test against the West Indies at Centurion Park on Monday.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan penalised
The Dhaka Mahanagari Football League Committee (DMFLC) yesterday awarded Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra full three points and declared them 2-0 winners from the unfinished Western Union Premier Division
 arrow Football: Kaba comforts Arambagh
A 30th-minute goal from Liberian striker Mustafa Kaba gave Arambagh Krira Sangha a 1-nil victory over Victoria Sporting Club in the Western Union Premier Division Football League at the Sher-e-BanglaNational
 arrow Cricket: A team lose their way
The touring Bangladesh A suffered a dramatic middle-order collapse on day one of their four-day Patron's Trophy match against Khan Research Laboratory (KRL) at the UBL ground in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Singer chess
Four players jointly shared the lead with maximum 4 points each after the end of the 4th round games of the preliminary phase Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Roy salvages local hopes
Amol Roy stole the limelight on the second day of the Sheltech Group 3 Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Championship at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Henin race
The Australian Open's top seeds led from the front on Monday, Andy Roddick and Justine Henin-Hardenne both posting impressive first-round victories at the season's first Grand Slam.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo saves Real
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo marked his 50th league match for Real Madrid with his 37th goal on Sunday but it wasn't enough to take his star-studded club top of the Spanish league following a disappointing
 arrow Football: Gunners go clear
Arsenal jumped back to the top of the Premiership on Sunday but their beaten opponents Aston Villa claimed that neither of their goals were valid.
 arrow Football: Totti, Del Piero on fire
Talismanic captain Francesco Totti scored twice in six minutes to ensure Roma maintained their three-point advantage at the top of the table as the league leaders came from behind to defeat Sampdoria3-1
 arrow Football: Princess Hayac and Co. to take on Chelsea!
Royal princess Haya al-Hussein, the half-sister of King Abdallah II of Jordan, will skipper the first Pan-Arabic women's team in a one-off match against the women's team of English Premiership side Chelsea.
Metropolitanarrow 'People to bring war criminals to justice someday'
Activists of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee yesterday reaffirmed that the people would bring the war criminals of 1971 to justice someday although the successive governments has failed to try them.
 arrow Govt official found dead at his office
Ramna police recovered the body of a government official from his office in Ramna yesterday.

He allegedly committed suicide, police suspect.

 arrow Shaheed Asad Day today
Shaheed Asad Day will be observed today, commemorating the martyrdom of the student leader in 1969 mass upsurge.
 arrow Obituary
Mir Mosharraf Hossain, father of Syed Rashidul Hasan, treasurer of Dhaka University, died of old-age complications at his Dinajpur town residence yesterday at 88.
Nationalarrow Resume BRTC service in 3 Sylhet upazilas by January 25
A fresh agitation programme was announced from a public meeting organised by the 17 Parganas Shalish Samannaya Committee, a non-partisan forum of three upazilas (Uzs) at Jaintapur on Sunday.
 arrow Work on Tk 4 lakh Shaheed Captain Bashar Gate begins at Nilphamari
The Nilphamari Zila Parishad has started work on the Tk 4 lakh Shaheed Captain Bashar Gate project on Wednesday.
 arrow Manik's killing slated
Journalists and newspapermen across the country protested the killing of eminent journalist Manik Shaha and demanded punishment to the killers.
 arrow Life of poor woman made easy by civil society effort
Mamata Begum of Ghonpara village under Sadar upazila, was one of the many poverty-stricken women in Nilphamari district. She was the eldest among five brothers and sisters.
 arrow 350 industries closed down in northern region in 3 decades
At least 350 industries were closed in the northern region due to high price of furnace oil, shortage capital, faulty industrial policy and other reasons within three decades.
 arrow Seminar on women, children trafficking
A day long seminar on preventing women and children trafficking was held at Satkhira Pourashava auditorium on Monday.
 arrow Rajshahi will have a modern children's park
Work on a modern children's park in Rajshahi city will start by the end of this month.
Point-Counterpointarrow Learning to live in a globalised world economy
Criticism, chiefly from the left, of Bangladesh's heavy dependence on external assistance has a long history.
 arrow What kind of freedom is this?
Imagine this scene: It is past midnight, the night is sombre, and the humdrum of traffic has become subdued.
 arrow Increasing the UK's commitment to Bangladesh
International Development Minister Gareth Thomas of the UK is visiting Bangladesh today.
Culturearrow Extravaganza of colours and textures
The grand group show, in celebration of its 30th anniversary, at Saju Art Gallery had a wonderful collection of the masters.
 arrow Theatre honours its helmsman Mamtazuddin Ahmad
Birthday celebration of eminent theatre personality Mamtazuddin Ahmad has given drama group Theatre an opportunity to hold a four-day festival comprising three plays of the veteran actor-director, publication
 arrow Certificate giving ceremony of Prachchanut
Prachchanut School of Acting and Design, a branch of a theatrical group Prachchanut, arranged the certificate giving ceremony of the fifth batch of students on January 18 at 5:30 p.m.
 arrow Podatik celebrates 26th anniversary
Padatik Natya Sangsad, a theatrical group, inaugurated a path natak festival yesterday as part of its 26th birth anniversary celebrations.
 arrow Singing boosts immune system
Singing strengthens the immune system, according to research by scientists at University of Frankfurt in Germany, published in the latest edition of the US Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Generalarrow Groom yourselves as worthy citizens
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the children to groom themselves as worthy citizens acquiring knowledge of the emerging new era and imbibing patriotism.
 arrow Students asked to vacate hall
All students of Haji Mohsin Hall of Govt BL College in Khulna have been asked to vacate their rooms immediately following the bomb blast on the roof of the hall on Sunday night injuring two young menseriously.
 arrow Hasina urges UK to resolve immigration problems
A delegation of British Immigration Advisory Service, led by Kaith Best, called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in the city yesterday.
 arrow CU alumni reunion
Reunion of the alumni of accounting department of Chittagong University (CU) will be held on the university campus on March 12.
 arrow Over 1600 held
Police arrested a total of 1,617 people during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Ayesha Siddiqa Rumi, a third-year student of Islamic history and culture, Rajshahi University College, has been suffering from GBS (Group B Streptococcal) disease, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Pakistan invites India for talks on bus services
Pakistan announced yesterday it has offered to hold talks with India in March on starting bus services between their respective zones of Kashmir and between the cities of Kokharpar and Munabao.
 arrow Sharon warns MPs on Golan as cabinet splits over barrier
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned yesterday that negotiations with Syria would ultimately lead to a withdrawal from the occupied Golan Heights, as splits emerged in his cabinet over possiblechanges
 arrow Khatami's party threatens to boycott elections
The political party of Iran's President Mohammad Khatami has threatened to boycott upcoming elections if urgent measures are not taken over the rejection of reformist candidates, press reports said yesterday.
 arrow Presidential hopefuls await Iowa outcome
Democratic presidential rivals, each coveting what only one can have, are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Iowa caucuses, the first test in a volatile campaign to pick President Bush's general election
 arrow Bush set to tout his success in Iraq
US President George W. Bush gets a chance today to tout his successes in Iraq, the fight against terrorism and the US economy, in his annual State of the Union policy speech.
 arrow Police probe assaults on Stephen Hawking
British police are investigating a series of alleged mysterious assaults on disabled top British scientist Stephen Hawking, the Daily Mirror reported yesterday.
 arrow Baghdad blast death toll stands at 24
The death toll from Sunday's devastating truck bombing outside the front gate of the US-led coalition's Baghdad headquarters stands at 24, Iraq's Health Minister Kudhayer Abbas said yesterday.
 arrow India appoints Krishna Murthy as new CEC
India's government yesterday appointed T.S.
 arrow S African judge attending WSF arrested on rape charges
A prominent South African judge attending an anti-globalisation conference in Mumbai was arrested yesterday after a colleague claimed he raped her at the delegation's hotel, police said.
 arrow Pakistan visit can push forward peace: Hurriyat
A moderate Kashmiri separatist said yesterday he would suggest to the Indian government during high-level talks this week that separatists be allowed to visit Pakistan to boost the peace process.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A fresh call for equitable trade regime
The agreement reached in Dhaka among the trade ministers and experts from 37 countries that equitable global trade regime is the key point in bridging the rich-poor gap marks a melting of the ice prior
 arrow Editorial: PERC hits the nail on the head
The Public Expenditure Review Commission (PERC) has not sprung any surprise as it might appear on the face of it. Rather, it has stated what needed to be said.
 arrow Promise and pitfalls of Kashmir talks
By any standards, the outcome of bilateral meetings between Indian and Pakistani leaders on the sidelines of SAARC Summit (4-6 January) in Islamabad was extraordinary because a much-needed fresh breeze
 arrow Historic chance for peace: Make the dialogue work
Such is history's cunning that its Tprobable without knowing whether they might succeed. Prime Minister Vajpayee and President Musharraf met for an hour in Islamabad.
Letters to Editorarrow Valuable minerals
With reference to a news item published under the caption 'Bangladesh has big deposit of precious sand minerals' published in a newspaper, I would like to state the following based on my practical knowledge
 arrow Control road accidents
It is dismaying to find the casual attitude of the administration in tackling the daily road accidents, where the death and injury figures are mounting day by day.
 arrow The government succumbs
Ever since the alliance government's assumption of power, nearly more than two and a half years ago, the anti-Ahmadiyya sentiments have been striking a root.
 arrow Freedom of the writer
This refers to Syed Shamsul Huq's article titled "I speak for the freedom of the pen" published in The Daily Star on 17th November.