Volume 4 Number 239 Sun. January 25, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Education reform body for total change to halt slide
The Education Reform Commission in its draft recommendations has suggested a drastic change in the education system to arrest the slide in the standard of education, curb corruption in teachers' recruitment
 arrow Tk 8 lakh stolen from Rupali Bank vault on weekend
Over Tk 8 lakh was stolen from Rupali Bank's DIT road branch at Malibagh in Motijheel during the weekend.
 arrow Plan rejected over gross discrepancies
The Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement (CCPP) yesterday rejected Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board's (BTTB) $53 million cellphone project proposal saying it was riddled with gross inconsistencies.
 arrow Dhaka, Jakarta for closer Asian ties
Bangladesh and Indonesian called for closer relations among the Asian countries under a greater forum to face the challenges of globalisation, as the two countries held official talks here yesterday.
 arrow No WMDs in Iraq, confirms Kay
David Kay stepped down as leader of the US hunt for banned weapons in Iraq Friday and said he did not believe the country had any large stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons.
 arrow UP chairman shot dead in Jhalakathi
Assailants gunned down a Union Parishad (UP) chairman at South Marichbunia on the border of Jhalakathi-Pirojpur-Barguna Friday night.
 arrow Poultry prices tumble on bird flu fear
The bird flu in six Asian countries has also left its impact on poultry industry in Bangladesh with the wholesale and retail prices of day-old chicks and broilers dipping by around 40 per cent, sources
 arrow Hindu temple, houses torched
Unidentified people set alight an old Hindu temple and three tin-shed houses belonging to the Hindus in Chittagong Friday night.
 arrow Tissue samples to be sent to US as 3 die at DMCH
Three out of five children admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) over the last three days with a mysterious illness died yesterday.
 arrow Trading stopped at 4 land ports as Indian exporters, agents strike
Indian exporters and C&F (clearing and forwarding) agents have started an indefinite strike at four land ports in the northern region from Friday, inflicting serious crisis on import.
 arrow BIMSTEC to take in Nepal, Bhutan
BIMSTEC (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand Economic Cooperation) has decided to take Nepal and Bhutan on board in a bid to tap and market the region's tourism potential more profitably.
 arrow Explosions kill 2 US soldiers, 4 Iraqis
A bomb yesterday exploded under a car in the heart of the volatile Iraqi town of Samarra, killing four Iraqis and wounding dozens, while a separate bomb attack on a US convoy has killed two soldiers.
 arrow Bashar new captain
Khaled Mahmud yesterday waved goodbye to international cricket after he was unceremoniously sacked as the Bangladesh captain on the same day.
 arrow PSI companies get extension up to June 30
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has extended the contract with three pre-shipment inspection (PSI) companies for the fifth time, up to June 30.
 arrow SC stays HC verdict
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for four weeks the High Court (HC) verdict declaring illegal and unconstitutional the Bangladesh Bank (BB) directives on the size and criteria of private banks'
 arrow Sedition case filed against Shoib
A sedition case was filed yesterday against sacked managing director of the Inqilab TV Salauddin Shoib Chowdhury.
 arrow Move to increase JS seats has no justifiable ground
The move to increase the existing number of parliamentary seats has no justifiable ground and will put a heavy burden on the national exchequer without bringing any good to the people, speakers at apolitical
 arrow Circular Dhaka river route study gets nod
The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved a proposal for carrying out a feasibility study on a circular river route around Dhaka with links to the capital's communication system.
 arrow Protest with pitchers

 arrow Halliburton to repay $6.3m to Pentagon
Halliburton's problems deepened as Vice President Dick Cheney's former company fired two workers and pledged to repay the Pentagon $6.3 million for possible kickbacks involving its work in Iraq.
 arrow Shampa gets anticipatory bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted TV artiste Shampa Reza three months' anticipatory bail in connection with the killing of her sister-in-law Jayanti Reza.
 arrow Bus collision kills five in Tangail
Five people were killed and 30 others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Dolla in Mirzapur upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Khulna journos stop work for a day
Journalists and employees of all newspapers published from the city and different districts of Khulna Division observed a work stoppage yesterday to press the demand for immediate arrest of the killers
 arrow Eleven file nominations
As many as 11 candidates yesterday submitted nomination papers to contest the by-election scheduled for February 29 in Kushtia-1 constituency.
 arrow Ex-army man's killers threaten widowed wife
Killers of a retired army personnel have been threatening his widowed wife with death, while police have allegedly made no move to nab the prowling murderers.
 arrow Five mugged after drugged
Five people fell prey to two separate incidents of snatching-motivated sedation and lost over Tk 2.25 lakh in the city yesterday ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Barisal AL cancels union conferences
Local Awami League (AL) yesterday postponed all union conferences at Barisal district and Sadar upazila due to lack of security and attack on its supporters by 'political opponents'.
 arrow 3 electrocuted in Ctg
Three construction workers died electrocuted while working atop a seven-storey building at Muradpur in Panchlaish yesterday.
Businessarrow CDS makes debut in bourses
The much-awaited central depository system (CDS) for electronic settlement of share trading made debut in the capital market yesterday.
 arrow Political pressures key reason behind default loans in NCBs
Political pressure is the key reason behind the large amount of default loans in the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), a leading bank owner said yesterday.
 arrow Idle IDCOL fund draws business flak
Chamber leaders at a meeting here yesterday sharply criticised the Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) for not putting its money in much needed infrastructure projects at a time the country
 arrow Country needs uplift strategy based on experiences
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for formulating a suitable development strategy for Bangladesh after reviewing the experiences of pre- and post-independence economy of the country.
 arrow Bank Asia annual confce held
The annual conference 2004 of Bank Asia Limited was held in Dhaka on Friday.

M Syeduzzaman, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the conference, says a press release.

 arrow Thailand badly hit with import bans as bird flu confirmed
Thailand said Friday that the bird flu, which has killed five people in Vietnam had infected humans and chickens here, triggering import bans on its billion-dollar chicken exporting industry.
 arrow Global business leaders fret about growth
Tepid optimism and gnawing concerns.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Walking off as a man
The born fighter has decided to call it quits yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar replaces Mahmud
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed yesterday named Habibul Bashar as the new Bangladesh captain while announcing a 16-man squad for the Zimbabwe tour.
 arrow Cricket: Salahuddin shines on rain
Inclement weather played spoilsport yesterday in all but the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League match between Chittagong and Dhaka at the Comilla Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: India win a cliff-hanger
Two stunning centuries brought Zimbabwe agonisingly close to pulling off its first win of the triangular international one-day cricket series against India here on Saturday but in the end they were denied
 arrow Cricket: Eng decide later
England cricket officials have delayed making a decision on whether to tour Zimbabwe later this year because they want to study the advice of the British government.
 arrow Cricket: WI warm up well
The touring West Indians warmed up for a five-match one-day international series against South Africa with a comfortable 65-run win over South Africa A at Boland Park Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Zulu eyes long return
Recalled all-rounder Lance Klusener wants to make his return to the South African one-day team a long-term one.
 arrow Football: Premier Football League restarts tomorrow
The Western Union Premier Division Football League resumes tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Hockey: Office hockey
Both the Super League matches of the Office Hockey League ended in draw on the opening day at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rayer Bazar High outplay Child Care
A 91-runs knock by Asif guided Rayer Bazar High School to a massive 152-run victory over Pre-Cadet Child Care School in one of four Dhaka Metropolis Zone qualifying matches of the Standard Chartered 22nd
 arrow Chess: Int'l Open chess
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman lost against D Harika of India in the third round game of the first International Open chess tournament which is now being held at Chennai, India.
 arrow Chess: Singer chess
Debaraj Chatterjee took the solo lead in the preliminary phase Singer 30th National Chess Championship with 7.5 points beating Arman Monir in the ninth round at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: V' ball training
A seven-day training course for volleyball players began at the Habibullah High School playground under Dumki upazila in the district on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: No joy for Venus, Tim
Venus Williams' return from injury came to a shuddering halt on Saturday when she was hustled out of the Australian Open 6-4, 7-6 by doubles specialist Lisa Raymond in the third round.
 arrow Football: Another Cameroon style
Cameroon begin their campaign to win a third successive African Nations Cup title on Sunday but their opening match against Algeria is in danger of being overshadowed by an argument over their revolutionary
 arrow Football: MU seal Saha move
French striker Louis Saha on Friday completed his move to Manchester United from Fulham after signing a five-and-a-half year contract with the English champions.

The 25-year-old cost a total of 12.

 arrow Football: Everton target Fulham
Everton defender Dave Unsworth said Fulham's Premiership victory over them two weeks ago has fuelled their desire to turn the tables in Sunday's FA Cup fourth round clash at Goodison Park.
Metropolitanarrow 45pc street people subjected to harassment
About 45 percent street people are subjected to harassment by various quarters, especially by law enforcing agencies, said a study yesterday.
 arrow Cellphone showroom looted
Armed hoodlums looted 186 mobile phone sets, pre-paid cards and cash totalling over Tk seven lakh from an Aktel dealer's showroom at Dewanhat in the port city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Six rapists get life term in Barisal
The Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression yesterday sentenced six people to life imprisonment for gangraping a newly married girl in Barisal.
 arrow Rotarians urged to help eradicate illiteracy
President Iajuddin Ahmed said the Rotarians could supplement the government's efforts to eradicate illiteracy from the country.
 arrow Masood new envoy to Jordan
The government has appointed Masood Aziz, currently high commissioner of Bangladesh to Malaysia, as ambassador to Jordan.

Earlier, he was deputy high commissioner in Islamabad.

 arrow Two get Begum Rokeya Padak
Taiyaba Majumder and Maleka Ashraf have been awarded Begum Rokeya Padak-2003 for their outstanding contribution to socio-economic development of women, establishment of women's rights and their education.
 arrow CRP Open Day programmes concludes
The two-day Open Day programmes of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) concluded at its headquarters at Savar yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Record fertiliser price rise in 12 years
Prices of imported fertilisers have increased abnormally in a week in Noapara, the country's biggest fertiliser market.

Around 70 per cent of the country's fertiliser import is done through Noapara.

 arrow Hefty gain from cotton cultivation
Cotton has turned into a cash crop for farmers and its cultivation is expanding in Kushtia, Meherpur, Rajbari and Faridpur districts.

The crop earned them good profit this year.

 arrow 10 hurt as AL factions clash at Magura party council
Ten leaders of Awami League (AL) and it's front organisations were injured when two rival factions of the party clashed here yesterday morning and the night before over formation of a party unit in the
 arrow Teams to visit schools during terminal exams
To create awareness against cheating in examinations, the education ministry has decided to engage special vigilance teams during terminal and annual school examinations.
 arrow Sylhet dev council unit formed in Moulvibazar
A 43-member new committee of Moulvibazar district unit of Dhaka-based Sylhet Division Development Council was formed here at a meeting here recently.
 arrow Body of cop recovered, another missing
Body of a ASI Nizamuddin was recovered from a shoal at the confluence of Dhansiri-Gabkhan and Bishkhali rivers near Charvatakanda, about four km off Jhalakati on Friday.
 arrow 12 sued by Eco Park contractor
Nine indigenous people and three Bangalees have been sued for "looting" construction materials from the site where a wall was being raised for the planned Eco Park in Modhupur.
 arrow Outlaws attack UP Chairman's house, one caught by people
Villagers caught one of the alleged outlaws as they attempted on the life of a Union Parishad chairman at Goalkandi in Banglamara upazila in the early hours of Thursday.
 arrow One killed, 20 hurt in clash over land in B'baria
One person was killed Sanu Mia, 24, was killed and 20 people were injured in a clash in a land dispute at Bulla village in the Sadar upazila on Friday.
 arrow 3 Kushtia JCD leaders held for ‘stealing’ rly sleepers
Three leaders of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student front of ruling BNP, were arrested Friday night on charge of stealing railway sleepers.
 arrow REB installs power line, thieves take away
Sizeable portions of a newly installed rural power supply line in Barisal, which is scheduled to be inaugurated by the prime minister on February 12, was stole by thieves twice in about 20 hours recently.
 arrow Shantu Larma to address Modhupur rally today
Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity chief Jotirindria Bodhipriya Larma alias Shantu Larma will address a rally today at Joynagachha village where a Garo tribesman was shot dead by police on January
 arrow PSTU VC's resignation demanded
Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal, youth and student wings of the ruling BNP held rally and demonstration at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) demanding resignation of Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr
 arrow Two Barisal JCD activists held
Two activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were arrested in the city on Friday.
 arrow 10 hurt as BNP, Jamaat clash in Kushtia
At least 10 persons were injured in a clash between activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami in the town yesterday.
 arrow 16 Bangladeshi fishermen on hunger strike in Indian jail
Sixteen Bangladeshi fishermen were on hunger strike for several days at Tamluk Sub-jail in Midnapore district, West Bengal to press home their demand for going back to Bangladesh.
 arrow Salma Sobhan's contributions recalled
Speakers at a condolence meeting on Friday recalled the contributions of late Barrister Salma Sobhan in protecting human rights in Bangladesh.
Point-Counterpointarrow Abu Sayeed Mahmud: A Tribute
There would not have, perhaps, been a Daily Star but for AS Mahmud. He brought the Board of Directors together.
 arrow Improving Primary Education in Bangladesh
Education is termed the backbone of a nation and primary/elementary education is fundamental for every people.
Culturearrow All those debutantes!
The yet-to-be-released Bachelor has heaped up curiosity much before its public release.
 arrow Mad magazine artist Woodbridge dead
George Woodbridge, an illustrator for Mad magazine for nearly 50 years whose exquisitely detailed pen-and-ink drawings were featured in nearly every issue, has died. He was 73.
 arrow Bauls by night
The crowd of Dhaka City can now have a taste of live baul music every weekend at Jatra.
Internationalarrow UN security team begins Iraq mission
A two-man UN security mission got underway in Iraq yesterday as US officials disclosed that troops had captured a top al-Qaeda operative organising terror operations in the insurgency-racked country.
 arrow Scientists may have sold nuke secrets: Musharraf
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said on Friday it appeared Pakistani scientists had sold nuclear secrets abroad, but reiterated Islamabad's position that there had been no official involvement.
 arrow Nations must join in terror fight: Cheney
Democratic nations must join together to fight terrorism and the spread of the world's most dangerous weapons, but if diplomacy fails, they must be prepared to use force, Vice President Dick Cheney said
 arrow Thai govt under fire
Thailand's government was accused yesterday of covering-up the bird flu outbreak here and responding too slowly to the crisis, as a sixth death from the virus occurred in Vietnam.
 arrow Converting LoC into border not an option
Pakistan has categorically told a visiting American delegation that converting the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir into an international border is not an option that will be considered by Islamabad.
 arrow Another Mars rover set for landing
As Nasa scientists struggled to revive their ailing Mars rover, they also began to prepare for the landing of its twin, which was scheduled to touch down on the other side of the Red Planet late Saturday
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police under attack
Criminals are not sparing even the members of the police force. This illustrates the extent to which criminality has gone.
 arrow Editorial: Good move by Kuala Lumpur
We wonder, why this was not done before! Better late than never, though.
 arrow Promoting democracy in Iraq
President Bush's State of the Union address of 20th January was not combative in the sense that it did not contain any warning to the UN from becoming irrelevant.
 arrow Political parties should assist Bangladeshis in doing more with less
Bangladesh is gifted with a number of natural and other resources including its human resources (hereinafter: HR). But it is lagging behind many world countries. There are several reasons for it.
Letters to Editorarrow Role of police
In a western country, a police officer is an important person. But what is his position in our country? They are not respected because of their behaviour, service, character and, above all, their activities.
 arrow Stop building eco-park
What is an eco-park? What is the meaning of eco-park and its justification? We have heard about zoo, museum, botanical garden, park, children's park, fish aquarium, wild life sanctuary etc.
 arrow More seats in JS
The ruling BNP led four party alliance government is going to extend the seats of parliament from 300 to 450 through amending the constitution.
 arrow Retirement age
There is a move to increase the retirement age of government employees. I want to put forward the following points for consideration of the authorities concerned.
Star Holidayarrow Wanna Comes Back
IT was the same old road. Only the ambience was different.

When we came here about six months ago, the fields were green.

Star Healtharrow Over 50? Do you need multivitamins?
The multivitamin-mineral supplement shelf at the health food store may look to you like the cereal aisle at the supermarket so many choices and so much advertising.
Star Cityarrow Illegal lines cost Wasa Tk 100 crore a year
Nazmul Hassan (not his real name) wanted to connect a water supply line to his under construction house in Dhaka's Postogola but was finding the task impossible.
 arrow Another round of price hike ahead of Eid
Prices of essentials, especially the Eid-related items, have marked another round of increase in the city's kitchen markets.

The hike started with the soybean oil price last week.

 arrow An Ode to a Poet

 arrow Court order gives billboards a new lease of life
Authorities' move to clear billboards off the cityscape ran into legal roadblocks, as the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on January 12 extended for six months an injunction on the demolitiondrive
 arrow Ghost printers of illegal notebooks
Unscrupulous traders in connivance with a section of law enforcers, control illegal trade of notebooks worth at least Tk 100 crore a year, according to printing industry sources.
 arrow No step yet to set up Vat intelligence directorate
The decision to introduce a Value Added Tax (Vat) intelligence directorate has not been implemented even after six months of its declaration by the finance minister in the last budget session.
 arrow Flats for the expatriates
The government is going to construct 500 flats for expatriate Bangladeshis on 151 kathas of land beside a lake in between the city's Gulshan and Baridhara area.