Volume 4 Number 243 Thu. January 29, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Judge to be sacked as circumstantial evidence found
High Court Additional Judge Syed Shahidur Rahman, accused in bail fix, may be sacked by Saturday as per the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Council in the first ever action against a judge formisconduct
 arrow Hasina criticises press 'mum on govt's terror'
Opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday took a swipe at the press for what she said was its silence on the terror unleashed by the ruling coalition men.
 arrow Country not prepared
Bangladesh does not have any preparation to tackle the deadly bird flu virus that has killed at least eight people and threatened to develop into an epidemic in the Southeast and South Asia regions.
 arrow Lankan woman killed after rape in city
A Sri Lankan woman was gang-raped and killed at Shyampur in Dhaka Tuesday night.
 arrow Khaleda urges opposition to join JS
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged the main opposition to come to parliament and contribute to the government's efforts to eradicate poverty and for infrastructural development.
 arrow Patients out of danger
Patients suffering from the dreaded mystery disease under treatment in the capital and four districts are recovering fast and are out of danger, the health directorate said yesterday.
 arrow Benapole C&F agents cancel post-Eid strike
Clearing and forwarding agents at Benapole Land Port yesterday called off a post-Eid indefinite strike, while prices of imported items shot up in the north in the wake of a strike by Indian exportersand
 arrow Village policeman killed in southwest
Unidentified assailants shot and killed a village policeman in Bagerhat Tuesday night, the second attack in a week on auxiliary forces in the southwestern region with a bloody past blamed on outlaws.
 arrow Blair govt cleared of Kelly charges
The claim in BBC reports that the government "sexed up" its dossier on Iraq's weapons was "unfounded", said Lord Hutton yesterday.
 arrow Rab to come into force from March
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), an elite 5,000-plus anticrime force drawn from police, army, navy and air force, will start operation in March, according to a home ministry meeting yesterday.
 arrow Bush now backtracks on Saddam threat claim
Smarting from the failure so far to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the White House Tuesday denied it had ever warned that Saddam Hussein posed an "imminent" threat to the United States.
 arrow India gets into election gear
India's election machinery kicked into gear yesterday, a day after the cabinet recommended the dissolution of parliament next week in preparation for early national polls.
 arrow 8 Palestinians killed in deadly Gaza raid
Israeli troops killed eight Palestinians yesterday in the deadliest raid in the Gaza Strip in more than a month, casting a shadow over a new US push to salvage a battered peace plan.
 arrow Stop interfering with special drive on rivers
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Mohammad Ayub yesterday asked the shipping ministry not to interfere with the special drive against rules-violating vessels.
 arrow BDR men deployed at city's bus terminals

 arrow Women demand direct elections
Women's organisations yesterday reiterated their demands for direct elections to reserved seats for women in parliament and increasing their number from the proposed 50 to at least 64.
 arrow Rise above local pressures, PM asks DCs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked deputy commissioners to be impartial and sincere to cut crime and establish the rule of law.
 arrow 'Anti-blasphemy act' to defile Dhaka's image abroad
Any anti-blasphemy act will portray Bangladesh as an uncivilised country to the world, speakers told a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Khalelda lauds Bangladeshi Troops' role in UN missions
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh has achieved a fame as one of the leading peacekeepers through its troops' commendable services in the United Nations peacekeeping missions aroundthe
 arrow Buriganga-Turag river route now navigable
Most of 29.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 4 lakh in cash, goods at Ctg
Robbers yesterday looted cash and valuables said to be worth about Tk 4 lakh from the house of a Bangladeshi-born French citizen in Chandgaon Residential Area.
 arrow Majumder, 53 others get bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail to Awami League leader Kamal Majumder and 53 others in the case of an attack on the motorcade of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairpersonand
 arrow JS session adjourned till Feb 8
The winter session of parliament that began on January 18 was adjourned last night till February 8 for holy Eid-ul Azha.

The session will resume at 4:15pm on Feb 8.

 arrow Three shot in city
Three persons including a timber traders' leader were shot and injured in three incidents in the capital in a span of 18 hours till 3:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Sons of ward commissioner, ex-cop remanded
Two youths arrested on charge of robbing an additional attorney general (AAG)'s house in the city's Dhanmondi area Tuesday were placed on a seven-day remand in two separate cases yesterday.
 arrow Alo reporter gets 'death threat' in Khagrachhari
A miscreant allegedly appointed by an unidentified political quarter threatened the district correspondent of the daily Prothom Alo with death here Tuesday night.
 arrow Mild tremor jolts Ctg
A mild earthquake jolted Chittagong and its adjoining areas yesterday morning.
 arrow BSF tries to push in 6 Bangalees
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India tried to push in six Bangla-speaking people in to Bangladesh through Buro Saro Dubi border under Barokhata of Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat on Tuesday.
Businessarrow NCB credit growth slumps on wary lending policy
Credit growth of the four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) slumped to 0.37 percent in 2003, thanks to the banks' cautious lending policy.
 arrow Red tape holds back FBCCI recommendations
The country's steel and re-rolling industry is still fighting for survival as most of the apex trade body's recommendations on resolving their problems are yet to be implemented due to bureaucratic tangles.
 arrow Work on container terminal at Pangaon starts soon
Work will start soon for building a container terminal on the Buriganga river at Pangaon to facilitate carrying cargo containers to the capital from the country's two seaports at low cost.
 arrow Maritime industry needs skilled manpower
Speakers at a seminar have underscored the need for staff training on leadership and management for the long-term benefit of the maritime industry.
 arrow Russia needs Asian investment to develop Far Eastern region
Russia needs substantial investment by its Asian neighbours if it is to be able to rapidly develop its Far Eastern region, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said in an opinion piece published Wednesday.
 arrow Bird flu crisis hits Japanese food industry hard
Bird flu outbreaks across Asia are hitting the Japanese food industry hard, with now-banned Chinese and Thai chicken imports accounting for 17 percent of domestic poultry consumption.
 arrow India allows free import of gold, eases customs rules
India allowed Wednesday the free import of gold into the country, the world's largest consumer of the precious metal, and eased customs duties on other goods to boost trade.
 arrow $6m yarn industry to be set up in Comilla EPZ
Bangladesh and Taiwan will jointly set up a yarn industry in Comilla Export Processing Zone at a cost of $6.072 million.
 arrow BRRI holds policy dialogue workshop
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) held a daylong policy dialogue workshop on a study titled 'Pathways from Poverty: Processes of Graduating among Resource-poor Farm Households in Bangladesh' in
 arrow JOBS product development training starts
JOBS, a USAID-funded programme, recently started a month-long course to provide product development training on patchwork to workers who make quilt.
 arrow Fed set to keep interest rates on hold
Amid growing hope the world's top economy has hit a sweet spot of accelerating growth and scant inflation, the Federal Reserve was set to keep US interest rates on hold on Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahmud keeps their requests
In a dramatic turnaround former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud yesterday revoked his decision to retire from international cricket.

"I have been repeatedly requested to reconsider my decision.

 arrow Cricket: A political worry
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman made a passionate appeal to all concerned to make the forthcoming ICC U/19 World Cup a grand success as political clouds started gathering over the event's
 arrow Cricket: Tigers can't relax
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore cautioned that Zimbabwe would not be an easy tour for the Tigers despite the fact that the Africans are the second from bottom team in the International Cricket Council's
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Natun Paltan
Natun Pal-tan Lines School out-played Mir Hazaribagh Adarsha School by nine-wickets in one of five Dhaka Metropolis qualifying matches of the Standard Chartered 22nd National School Cricket Championship
 arrow Cricket: India scrape home
India were put to the test by a selection of Australia's mostly up-and-coming cricketers here Wednesday and came out on top but only just.
 arrow Where is Roquibul
ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup tournament director Roquibul Hassan came under media fire yesterday during a press briefing ahead of the juvenile tournament.
 arrow Cricket: ICC expects Eng to call off tour
The president of cricket's world governing body has said he expects England to call off their tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Football: Return leg from today
The return leg of the Western Union Premier Division Football League begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today with two matches scheduled for the day.
 arrow Cricket: SA make179
Boeta Dippenaar made a dogged 83 as South Africa struggled in the second one-day international against the West Indies at St George's Park here on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Zia's position unchanged
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman shared the second position with other five players with 6.5 points after the end of the eighth round games of the first International Chess tournament at Chennai, India yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Active chess
International Master Abdullah Al-Rakib and Delwar Hossain jointly led the points table with 5 points each after the sixth round games of the Active Chess tournament at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zaheer might be fit for Pakistan
Zaheer Khan is expected to be fully fit and available for India's tour of Pakistan in March.
 arrow Cricket: PCB to ask for Akram's help
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that it will invite Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Aaquib Javed to coach Pakistan's fast bowlers before India's tour in March.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Ferrero on track
Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero had hard-fought victories Wednesday to set up a semifinal showdown for the world's top ranking at the Australian Open.

Federer will become No.

 arrow Tennis: Real test awaits Agassi
Champion Andre Agassi's bid for a fifth Australian Open title faces its first real test on Thursday when he squares off against giant Russian Marat Safin.
 arrow Cricket: It still haunts them
It's easy to make enemies in Hyderabad.

Just walk down the street, any street, and ask somebody, ask anybody, where Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman was on March 23, 2003.

 arrow Cricket: Three Indians to check security in Pakistan
India's cricket chiefs on Wednesday named a three-member delegation to assess the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the national team's ice-breaking Test tour there in March.
 arrow Football: Hadji hurts Eagles
South Africa and Morocco, two nations battling to host the 2010 World Cup, both came out on top in their African Nations Cup openers on Tuesday with 2-0 and 1-0 wins over Benin and Nigeria respectively.
 arrow Football: Gunners break bank for Reyes
Arsenal have smashed the club's transfer record with the capture of exciting young Spaniard Jose Antonio Reyes from Sevilla in a deal worth up to 20 million pounds (30 million euros).
 arrow Football: Feher's mausoleum
Benfica's new stadium in Lisbon has turned into a temporary shrine to Miklos Feher, as a steady stream of fans brave rainy weather to pay their respects to the coffin of the Hungarian striker who died
 arrow Football: Fergie under pressure
Manchester United fans have promised a rebellion if it happens but fears that a feud with the club's biggest shareholders could cost Sir Alex Ferguson his job are mounting.
Metropolitanarrow Caretaker govt needs to be redefined
The system of caretaker government needs to be redefined in the present context of the country to make it more effective and acceptable to the people and the political parties, said the speakers at aseminar
 arrow RMCH intern docs demand security measures
Intern doctors at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital yesterday started an hour-long token work stoppage to be observed daily for a week to press their demand for security measures at the hospital.
 arrow Residents demand arrest of killers
Agitating residents of Mohammad Nagar Housing Society and adjacent areas in the port city yesterday demanded immediate arrest of and punishment to the people involved in the January 25 attack.
 arrow President asks DCs to work for people's benefit
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) to prove themselves as public servant through their works.
 arrow Financial assistance for Benin air crash victims under process: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zial told parliament yesterday that financial assistance to the families of the army officers killed in the Benin air crash is now under process.
 arrow Convention of bio-diversity from Feb 9
Bangladesh will underscore the need for conservation of its bio-diversity, intellectual property rights, and people's access and sharing on genetic resources at the Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP-7)
 arrow Australian help sought for metro rail system
Australian High Commissioner Lorraine Barker yesterday called on Communications Minister Nazmul Huda at his secretariat office yesterday.
 arrow Dr Nuruddin elected CU syndicate member
Professor Dr Nuruddin Mahmud of Institute of Marine Science has been elected a member to the syndicate of Chittagong University (CU) from academic council for the next two years.
 arrow Robbery at house in Ctg
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth over Tk two lakh from a residence in the city in the early hours of Tuesday.
Nationalarrow Outlaws scare people away from by-polls
Traditional polls campaign was not seen at Taherpur yesterday, a day ahead of the by-election in the municipality.
 arrow Launch dacoity on Meghna in B'baria
Dacoits snatched firearms, threw four policemen into the river and looted money and valuables from passengers of a launch on the Meghna river near Lalpur village under Ashuganj upazila Tuesday evening.
 arrow Half-day hartal observed at Rangamati
A half-day hartal, called by Bangalee Chhatra Parishad (BCP), was observed in Rangamati town yesterday.
 arrow Tk 55 lakh forged stamps recovered, 8 held in Satkhira
Police in two drives recovered forged non-judicial stamps worth about Tk 55 lakh from two houses in the town on Monday and Tuesday and arrested eight persons.
 arrow Netrakona dist AL body elected
The council of Netrakona district Awami League was held here on Tuesday after seven years.
 arrow Local govt leaders resent lack of security
Speakers at a workshop here on Tuesday said local government leaders are being murdered one after another due to lack of government security.
 arrow Rangamati's rough road on email
Subscribers of BTTB (Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board) internet service are suffering in E-mail browsing due to shortage of 'log-in' ports.
 arrow Man killed, 21 hurt in clash over land in Madaripur
One person died and 21 others were injured in a rivals clash over land in Madaripur on Tuesday.
 arrow 525 phensidyl bottles recovered from inter-city Turna Nishita in Brahmanbaria
Five persons were arrested and 525 bottles of smuggled phensidyle were recovered from their possession from inter-city train Turna Nishita at Brahmanbaria station at around 4 am Tuesday.
 arrow Businessman mugged inside Sonali Bank
A businessman was mugged inside the Sonali Bank at Torki Bandar in Gournadi upazila on Tuesday.

The victim is Abdul Khalek Munshi, a prominent businessman in the area.

 arrow Top criminal released in Barisal under BNP pressure ?
A top criminal of Barisal was released by Kotwali thana police under pressure from the ruling BNP on Tuesday.
 arrow Rice for poor during Eid
The government sanctioned 130 metric tons (MTs) of rice for poor people in Bandarban hill district on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha.
Point-Counterpointarrow The one-note superpower
A funny thing has happened. While the war on terrorism has dominated headlines, the great engine of globalisation has kept moving.

Covered in blankets of snow, Davos was looking stunning last weekend.

 arrow A S Mahmud
Shujon, always try to do good to people, no matter how small the effort is, how insignificant the person is; one day you will get your rewards without even knowing it", he said to me once.
 arrow The poverty syndrome: What to do about it?
So much has been written about poverty, so much has been said. A lot has been done at the national and international levels to alleviate, if not eliminate, poverty.
Culturearrow A rage for ragas
Ever heard a rooster during afternoons? It's not totally unheard of --but unusual isn't it? It is a common phenomenon that roosters do crow at dawn and that also is heard mostly in the villages.
 arrow New Nazrul and Rabindra albums from Bengal Foundation
In line of its launching four new albums, Bengal Foundation released Nazrul Sangeet album Obhishar of Shahin Samad and Rabindra Sangeet album Chirobandhu Chironirbhar by Mita Haq on January
 arrow Channel-i ready with its Eid schedule
Channel-i is now prepared for a five-day special programme for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. The schedule of the channel, contains premiere of a feature film on Eid day.
 arrow Musical presentation of Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
English Department Drama Society (EDDS) of Dhaka University organised two presentations of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's classic creation The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a musical at the TSC auditorium
Generalarrow 40 pc children born with low birth weights
Although Bangladesh has made considerable progress in combating malnutrition, 40 percent children in the country are born with low birth weights because of malnutrition of their mothers.
 arrow Dissolution of 52 Sylhet JCD ward committees demanded
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists under the banner of 'Common members of JCD' yesterday demanded immediate dissolution of the newly formed 52 Ward Committees.
 arrow 4,365 Bangladeshis languishing in jails abroad
Some 4,365 Bangladeshis are now in foreign prisons and deportation camps, parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow Eight muggers get three years in Habiganj
A speedy trial court yesterday convicted eight youths and sentenced them to three years' rigorous imprisonment for mugging in 2003.
 arrow 29 madrassah teachers, students fall sick
Nearly 29 teachers and students of a residential madrassah at Shiroil area in the city fell sick in last three days, creating panic among the inmates.
 arrow Over 1,600 held, two firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,689 more people, including one identified criminal, on various charges during their ongoing countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow British HC closed on Feb 1, 2
The British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed on February 1 and 2 on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, says a press release.
 arrow UNB joins Asian Photo Pool
In its continuous search of ways to add value to the services being provided to its subscribers, the UNB has joined the Asian Photo Pool Service as its latest member.
 arrow GP donates computers to schools
The GrameenPhone has donated 10 computers to Schools Online Bangladesh and six computers to Obaidullah Memorial High School, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Thai PM calls on Asia to unite against bird flu
Asian nations hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak must unite to defeat the "incipient threat to mankind" with concrete and credible measures, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday.
 arrow 4 killed in car bomb blast in Baghdad hotel
A car bomb exploded yesterday in front of a hotel frequented by Westerners, killing at least four people, witnesses and coalition officials said.
 arrow US senators want to talk to Kay about Iraqi WMD
US Senators want to speak with the former top US weapons inspector who said he couldn't find evidence that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, a primary justification by President Bush
 arrow Tigers travel to Europe amid fears for truce
Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday sent a delegation to hold talks with peace broker Norway after warning that political instability could lead to a resumption of war at home.
 arrow Libyan nuclear parts sent to US
Components of Libya's nuclear weapons programme have been flown to the United States, the White House has announced.
 arrow British soldier killed in Taliban attack
A pair of nearly simultaneous attacks, one suicide, on British and German bases near the Afghan capital yesterday left one British soldier dead and as many as nine other foreigners wounded, police and
 arrow No evidence of human-to-human transmission of bird flu
Countries affected by the outbreak of bird flu call for other countries not to impose travel restrictions on their people as there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
 arrow Snow, ice wreak havoc in US
Power remained out for hundreds of thousands of customers in the Carolinas Tuesday after a winter storm that left at least 14 people dead as it ground its way up the East Coast.
 arrow Kerry takes control of race with big New Hampshire win
John Kerry took firm command of the Democratic presidential race with a big win over Howard Dean in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, cementing his grip on the front-runner's role and dealing another
Editorialarrow Editorial: Eid market distortions
The Eid-ul-Azha market has three features. In order of prominence these are: essentials market, cattle bazaar or gorur hat and apparel-footwear shopping complex.
 arrow Editorial: Programme on HR
The Liberation War Museum, a repository of the most glorious saga in the nation's history, is going to launch a special programme on peace and human rights for school children which , in our opinion,is
 arrow Corporate capitalism and theft
Corporate capitalism and theft of the global commons is no more an unknown phrase. Enron blowout, for instance, has showed the world how it happened.
 arrow A top scientist's predicament over alleged sale of nuclear secrets
Everyone in Pakistan knows who Dr. Qader Khan is.
Letters to Editorarrow Appointment of Chief Justice
The Daily Star in its 27 January issue published a news item on the appointment of the 14th Chief Justice of the Republic.
 arrow Belief of Ahmadiyyas
There has been much misunderstanding about the true belief of Ahmadiyyas because of one-sided propaganda against them.
 arrow Messed up politicos
Sure, the politicians are messed up, but where do they come from? Our own schools, own households, own parents, and straight out of our own values.
 arrow Faezul Huq's reply
I have read Syed Hamde Ali's letter published in the DS on 24 January 2004.
 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya agitation
By banning the books and publications of the Ahmadiyya sect, our government has caved in to the unjustified demands by the fanatics.