Volume 4 Number 245 Sat. January 31, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Fresh bomb attack on cops in Khulna
An underground outfit 'operative' died from wounds in Khulna city yesterday after he and two members of his gang were beaten by a mob on Thursday in the wake of their abortive bomb attack on a policepatrol.
 arrow Launches ply with void papers
Unauthorised engineers and naval architects, in violation of law, are issuing survey reports on construction of vessels and certificates on load capacity and stability.
 arrow 1.7 m flock to Mina as Hajj begins
Some 1.7 million Muslim devotees poured into Mina, an arid valley near the holy city of Makkah, on the first day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage yesterday.
 arrow On tracks to better life
Sitting on the cashier's seat in a busy roadside hotel that she now runs with her sons Razzaq and Hasan, Nurjahan recalls the days she spent begging on footpaths in Rangpur to feed her three children.
 arrow US admits flaws in prewar intelligence
President Bush's national security adviser acknowledged Thursday there may have been flaws in prewar intelligence about Iraq but brushed aside calls for an independent investigation into the matter.
 arrow Journey of sufferings takes hold before Eid
The Dhaka dwellers began their expensive homeward journey of sufferings in overcrowded launches, buses and trains to celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha on Monday with their loved ones.
 arrow Try killers of Suhara, protesters demand
Family members and locals of Palashpur in the capital's Shyampur area brought out a procession yesterday demanding proper investigation and trial of the killers of Suhara Umme Palka alias Fazria Weaka,
 arrow Mizan murder premeditated, alleges wife
The wife of Mizanur Rahman, a government official found dead at his workplace on the fourth floor of Matsya Bhaban on January 19, yesterday alleged her husband was killed in a premeditated way.
 arrow Meddlesome MPs turn UPs redundant
The union parishad (UP), the most important and lowest tier of local government, is becoming increasingly dysfunctional.
 arrow Road mishaps kill 14
Fourteen people were killed and 23 others injured in separate road accidents in Joypurhat, Gazipur, Comilla and Magura districts yesterday.
 arrow Muggers kill CNG driver in Gulshan
Muggers disguised as passengers stabbed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver to death in Gulshan-2 last night.

Three muggers hired the three-wheeler and tried to snatch the vehicle at road No.

 arrow Most Britons think Hutton report was 'whitewash'
The majority of Britons -- 56 percent -- think a judicial inquiry which probed the suicide of arms expert David Kelly and exonerated Prime Minister Tony Blair of wrongdoing was a "whitewash", according
 arrow Qadeer Khan top suspect
The architect of Pakistan's nuclear program Abdul Qadeer Khan is the prime suspect in a probe into alleged nuclear leaks to Iran and Libya, two senior government and military officials told AFP yesterday.
 arrow Khulna attacks part of a blueprint: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has once again accused Hawa Bhaban people of making a hit list to kill at least 25 AL leaders in Khulna in a move to destroy the party's organisational strength
 arrow The Daily Star yesterday celebrated its 13th founding anniversary
The Daily Star yesterday celebrated its 13th founding anniversary by holding a reception dinner at Saffron Restaurant at Gulshan in Dhaka yesterday, attended by ministers, ruling coalition and opposition
 arrow Young woman strangulated in Badda
An unidentified young woman was allegedly strangled at her house in Badda yesterday.
 arrow Bush, Blair among Nobel nominees
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are among nominees for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize before a Sunday deadline for nominations despite failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
 arrow Two abductors held in Sylhet
Police arrested two abductors and recovered Tk 50,000 from a house at Nabarun in Sonarpara in the early hours yesterday after the miscreants released their victim on payment of ransom.
 arrow 3 household flasks, not bombs
The abandoned containers that created a bomb scare in Baridhara diplomatic enclave in Dhaka on Thursday proved to be three household thermal flasks containing wax-like materials.
 arrow China's bird flu outbreak feared under-reported, Asian cull questioned
China's bird flu outbreak could be far larger than reported, the World Health Organisation said yesterday as questions were raised over the safety of a regional cull of more than 25 million chickens.
 arrow 6 Saudi security men killed by militants
The death toll of Saudi security men shot by presumed Islamist gunmen as they searched the Riyadh home of a detained militant has risen to six, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Taslima releases fourth part of autobiography
Defying the ban on her book Dwikhandito (Split into two) and the 'fatwa' against her issued by the fundamentalists, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on Wednesday released Sei Sab Andhakar (Those Dark
 arrow Police nab 19 for leakage of DAE test question
Police in the town yesterday arrested 19 persons including 10 employees of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) for their alleged involvement with question leakage for written test of Block Supervisors.
 arrow Study on to unravel mystery disease
Experts investigating viral infection in Goalando, Rajbari, Manikganj and Tangail are yet to unravel the mystery disease that claimed at least 19 lives in two weeks triggering panic in the affected areas.
 arrow Miscreants loot house in Laxmipur
At least 10 people were injured when a gang of miscreants attacked a house at Raipur upazila headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Pirate attack leaves 1 killed, 5 missing in Patuakhali
A baby was killed and five persons were missing after a passenger trawler capsized when a pirate trawler hit it in Bura Gouranga river under Dashmina thana in Patuakhali Thursday night.
 arrow Obituary
Vadanta Budhipal Mohathero of Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad died of a cardiac arrest at the Dharmarajik Buddhist Maha Vihar at Kamalapur yesterday. He was 68.
 arrow Cattle crowd Dhaka markets

Businessarrow Banks roll out Tk 3b loan to hide traders
Commercial banks splashed out Tk 3 billion in loans to leather traders from Thursday to procure hide during the Eid-ul-Azha.

Four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) have sanctioned Tk 1.

 arrow Buying frenzy buoys up DITF
Frenzied buying buoyed up Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) yesterday, just two days to the annual trade extravaganza's coming to a close, with organisers claiming about 50,000 people flocked to the
 arrow Mobile phone theft: How to prevent it
Global System for Mobile or GSM has become the dominant technology of mobile telephone. GrameenPhone, AKTEL and Sheba use GSM technology in their networks.
 arrow India may import gas from Myanmar
India will sell diesel to Myanmar by August and is in talks to buy gas from the country, Indian Petroleum Secretary BK Chaturvedi said Thursday.
 arrow Asian travel industry holding out
Asia's travel sector is surviving the initial onslaught of the bird flu epidemic, with bookings remaining solid and airports still bustling with travellers, industry players and analysts said.
 arrow US textile industry presses candidates to restrict China
US textile industry leaders kicked off a voter registration campaign Thursday aimed at rallying textile workers to support candidates in this year's presidential campaign who would restrict China trade.
 arrow New DMDs of NCC Bank
Md Nurul Amin and Kazi Md Shafiqur Rahman have been made deputy managing directors of National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank Limited.
 arrow EU may impose sanctions over US tax breaks
The European Commission warned Friday that the EU could still impose multi-billion-dollar sanctions on the United States unless Washington repeals illegal tax breaks for US exporters by a March 1 deadline.
 arrow Japan jobless rate falls
Japan's unemployment rate fell to its lowest in two-and-a-half years in December and deflation showed signs of easing its grip on the economy, data showed Friday but consumers remained reluctant to spend.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
January 25-January 29, 2004

Local FX Market

Dollar started the week upward against Bangladeshi taka due to import related demand.

Sportsarrow Football: Wanderers hurt Abahani
After a brilliant finish to the first round where they beat arch foes Mohammedan, Abahani started the return leg of the Western Union Premier Division football league on the wrong foot when Dhaka Wanderers
 arrow Cricket: Dazzling Motaleb
A blistering 89 by Mota-leb Hossain gave Rah-matullah Model High School a comfortable 59-run victory over Hazi Abdul Awal High School in their Dhaka Metropolis zone qualifying match of the Standard Chartered
 arrow Tennis: Flawless Federer in final
Roger Federer routed Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to reach his maiden Australian Open final and take the world number one ranking for the first time.
 arrow Cricket: Zim decision in March
England have delayed for a second time a decision on whether to go ahead with their tour of Zimbabwe until after a March meeting with world cricket's governing body.
 arrow Cricket: Howard won't step in
Prime Minister John Howard said Friday it was up to Cricket Australia to decide if the national team will go ahead with a planned tour of Zimbabwe in May, even though the government strongly opposes the
 arrow Tennis: Paes' comeback dream comes true
An emotional Leander Paes reached the mixed doubles final of the Australian Open on Friday in his first tournament since recovering from a brain abscess.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters out for revenge
Kim Clijsters is determined to ditch her 'serial-choker' tag when she takes on compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne at the Australian Open in yet another all-Belgian Grand Slam final Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: WI 83-3
West Indies were 83-3 in 27.5 overs when rain forced players off the ground at Kingsmead in Durban in the third one-day international yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar opens his innings today
Habibul Bashar will start his new assignment as captain when the Tigers play Namibia in their first limited-overs practice match in the capital Windhoek today.
 arrow Chess: Zia wins10th game
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman defeated the highest rated player of the event Russian Grand Master Pavel Smirnov in the tenth round games of the first International Chess tournament in Chennai, India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nepal U-19 due today
Nepal under 19 World Cup cricket team will arrive in Dhaka today afternoon as part of their preparation for the ICC U/19 World Cup that is scheduled to be held in Bangladesh from February 10 to March5.
 arrow Football: Lions roar with Mboma
Veteran striker Patrick Mboma grabbed the first hat-trick of the tournament as defending champions Cameroon handed out a 5-3 drubbing to Zimbabwe in a thrilling African Nations Cup clash in Sfax on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Wind beneath Real's wings
If league leaders Real Madrid win a record 30th Spanish title in May, one man who coach Carlos Queiroz will owe a particular debt of thanks to is his utility player Santiago Solari.
 arrow Football: Barca sent packing
A late goal by substitute Yordi Gonzalez earned Zaragoza a 1-1 draw and eliminated FC Barcelona in a Copa del Rey second-leg quarterfinal Thursday.
 arrow Football: Merseyside derby time
You do not have to dig very deep to understand why Everton manager David Moyes admits he has yet to enjoy watching his side playing Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
 arrow Cricket: BU, Old DOHS enter final
Brothers Union handed Mohamme-dan Sporting Club a 50-run defeat at the Dhanmondi Club ground yesterday to reach the final of the Dhaka Metropolis Under-13 Cricket Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Summit Cup golf held
Group Captain A I M Shahanul Islam clinched the men's title while S W Lee won the women's crown in the

Summit Cup golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club course yesterday.

 arrow Handball: Ctg handball
Madarbari Mukul Mela and Blue Star Club emerged champions in men's and women's divisions respectively of the Dynasty Mahanagari Handball League arranged by Chittagong Mahanagari Krira Sangstha (CMKS)at
 arrow Table Tennis: CJKS TT
Satadal Club, Young Star Club, and Nabin Mela earned full points in the CJKS-Sinmin Mineral Water Table Tennis League at Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) gymnasium.
Metropolitanarrow Right to form trade union in EPZs demanded
National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) yesterday demanded the right to form trade union in the export processing zones (EPZs) of the country.
 arrow Move to introduce second tea auction market falls through
Move to introduce another international tea auction market outside Chittagong reportedly fell through in the face of opposition by the tea growers and traders.
 arrow No progress in investigation
No progress has been made in the investigation of the bomb blast that took place in the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) even after two weeks of the incident.
 arrow 3 JCD men sent to jail for extortion
An activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), who was sentenced to 14 years rigorous imprisonment in an arms case and had been on bail, was arrested along with two accomplices when they went to collect
 arrow AL's main objective not to unseat govt: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said his party's main objective was not to unseat the government, but to realise its 15-point demand for welfare of the people.
 arrow Trader shot dead in Keraniganj
Assailants gunned down a trader at Keraniganj near Dhaka on Thursday night.

The victim was identified as Nasir Ali, 38, a BNP worker and garment trader at City Heart in Paltan in the city.

 arrow Resignation of home minister demanded
The 11 party alliance yesterday demanded the resignation of the home minister for law and order slide in the country.
 arrow 2 killed in road accidents
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Sabujbagh and Gulshan area of the city yesterday.
 arrow 1669 more held
Police arrested a total of 1,669 people, including three identified criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Pro-BNP contractors ransack LGED office
A group of contractors belonging to ruling BNP allegedly ransacked the office of Nilphamari LGED Executive Engineer for payment of bills for a work.
 arrow Protests on for scrap of Sylhet JCD bodies
Amid the on-going protests against the reconstituted JCD committees in the district, its leaders and activists from Beanibazar at a press conference here on Thursday sought intervention by the central
 arrow 30 to 60 pc fare hike in Barisal
Road transport and water vessel owners in the southern zone are out to earn Tk one crore additional profit from passengers within a fortnight during the ongoing Eid season.
 arrow BNP, AL two sides of same coin, says BSD chief
Bangladesher Samajtantrick Dal (BSD) convenor and 11 Party Alliance leader Khalequzzaman has said ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) are two sides of the same coin and they never protected interest
 arrow Cattle price up by 35 to 50 pc in Rajshahi
Price of sacrificial cattle increased by 35 to 50 per cent this year in comparison with that of previous year in Rajshahi.
 arrow Attack on newsmen at Kolaroa
A court on Thursday ordered attachment of moveable property of eight absconding leaders and activists of Kelaroa thana Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal, charged with attacking journalists duringAwami
 arrow 'Most wanted' outlaw Dulal held in Khulna
'Most wanted outlawed' Nurul Islam Dulal, belonging to Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Jana Juddho), was arrested by Joint Forces on Wednesday morning from a hair cutting saloon at Labouchora under
 arrow Abduction scare grips Kushtia, police inactive
Abduction of three persons including two students for ransom in two days created a panic in the district but police could neither rescue the abducted persons not arrest any the captors.
 arrow Eyes of 2 dacoits gouged out in Barguna
Angry villagers caught an alleged gang leader of dacoits, beat him and gouged out his eyes at Gourichanna in the Sadar upazila in Barguna district on Tuesday.
 arrow Body of missing cop, one rifle recovered
The body of Constable Sukumar, who was thrown into the Meghna during a launch dacoity near Lalpur marker in Ashuganj on Tuesday night was recovered Thursday evening.
 arrow Body of another missing ASI found
Body of a missing assistatant sub-inspector (ASI) of Jhalakati Sadar thana has been recovered, at last.
 arrow Woman killed,15 hurt as launch hits shops at Boga ghat
A woman was killed and about 15 people were injured when a launch rammed into a cluster of shops on the bank close to the river water at Boga terminal on Tuesday night.
 arrow 12 get life for UP member murder
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ainul Islam has given life term to 12 people for killing a Union Parishad member at Tekala village in Daulatpur upazila in 1995.
 arrow Local govt leaders do less important jobs
Local government leaders like union parishad (UP) chairmen and members have actually no job to do but to issue nationality and birth certificates besides settling minor disputes.
 arrow 12 bus passengers stabbed by robbers
Highwaymen stabbed 12 bus passengers and took any Tk 3 lakh in cash and other valuables from them in the early hours of Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Need for trade union reform
Reform is now a prime agenda in many sectors of governance and economy. Banking sector has been undergoing sustained reform measures since early 90s.
 arrow Eat sensibly during Eid holidays
All health information to keep you up to date

A sensible diet is one that contains a wide variety of foods which include protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats.

Culturearrow Flurry of flowers and wild life
It is always encouraging when our women come up with something new and fresh to delight the eye.
 arrow Shujon Beder Ghat
Shujon Beder Ghat, a jatra by M A Majid, is not Pallikabi Jasimuddin's Shojon Bandiar Ghat.
 arrow Eid special drama on ATN Bangla
Ei Duniya Fana Hobe Kichhui Robe Na

To laugh at the distressing condition of human beings is unethical.

 arrow Cruise and Kidman: War or peace?
The media is agog with various stories on how Hollywood's most famous exes, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, behaved after the Golden Globe Awards.
 arrow Malini mouse pads? Bring 'em on
Ever since Amitabh Bachchan changed the fortune of Star Plus with Kaun Banega Crorepati, television soaps and shows no longer limit themselves to small-time stage dropouts and small budgets.
 arrow Award for Akram Khan
Akram Khan won award for the best Modern Choreography in the Critics Circle National Dance Award 2003 of London on 13 January.
Internationalarrow UN team likely in Iraq within few days: Annan
A UN team should be able to travel to Baghdad "within a few days" to study if fair elections can be held in Iraq before the return of sovereignty to Iraqis in June, UN chief Kofi Annan said yesterday.
 arrow Indian army kills 11 militants in Kashmir
The Indian army said yesterday it shot dead 11 suspected militants in Kashmir, including two commanders of a hardline group, in a bloody start to a long weekend that will culminate in Eid festivitiesMonday.
 arrow BBC says sorry to Blair
The BBC was Thursday grappling with the worst crisis in its history as its head Greg Dyke resigned and the proudly independent world broadcaster was forced to apologise to the British government overa
 arrow UK parliament to probe Iraq intelligence
The British parliament is to hold a new inquiry into intelligence supplied to the government before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Cull compensation key to beating bird flu in Asia
Compensation for poultry farmers hit by bird flu will be vital in beating outbreaks sweeping Asia, but unless farmers feel they are getting a fair price any cull is likely to end in chaos.
 arrow Attacks imperil statehood: US
The United States condemned the "horrendous" suicide bombing Thursday near Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon's official home and warned that such attacks imperil the hoped-for creation of a Palestinian
 arrow India set to free British gun runner
India agreed yesterday to free Briton Peter Bleach, jailed for life for air-dropping arms to a militant group, and signed a deal with Britain that will speed up repatriations of Indian illegal immigrants.
 arrow 7 US troops killed in Afghan blast
A explosion at an arms dump that killed seven US soldiers in Afghanistan was an accident, authorities and militants fighting US forces said yesterday.
 arrow German cannibal gets 8 and a half years jail
A German self-confessed cannibal was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for manslaughter Friday for killing and eating a man he claims was a willing victim.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sheikh Hasina criticises the media
The Awami League chief had some very nasty things to say about the media, especially about the newspapers. She uttered some half-truths and, in our view, some serious issues.
 arrow The evolving situation in Afghanistan
There was a very interesting news item in the papers recently. It related to something that we are used to in Bangladesh. In fact it is commonplace in the whole of South Asia.
 arrow The US and South Asia
US' positive vibes about India is nothing new, it has been in existence since 1947 but the relationship has had its ups and downs, particularly during the period India was an ardent anti-US champion as
Letters to Editorarrow Politics of 'khatir'
Our debased political culture is a prisoner of influence petting, otherwise known as khatir. Nepotism is at all time high. Misuse of power and influence had been rampant with all the regimes.
 arrow Political unrest in RU
Rajshahi University is one of the best universities in the country. After passing HSC, a student plans to get admission in a technical subject or a university for higher studies.
 arrow Atomic R&D in LDCs
The letter from a young scientist at BAEC (DS Jan 22) made sad reading.
 arrow Hats off to Naziur Rahman
Finally it was Mr.
Literaturearrow NISSIM EZEKIEL 1924-2004
A tribute to a poet without publishing some of his poems is like writing about the moon landing without mentioning Neil Armstrong.
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