Vol. 4 Num 250 Sun. February 08, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Dy minister's nephew killed, 10 others hurt
Suspected outlaws killed a nephew of Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu, deputy minister of land, and injured 10 others at Naldanga upazila in Natore yesterday evening.
 arrow Free fall of law, order mocks govt measures
Crime waves continue to strike terror into people despite a range of government steps to check the slide in law and order.
 arrow Grouping signs free trade deal today
Trade ministers from South and Southeast Asia have agreed on a draft free trade deal which will abolish tariffs and unleash their "enormous potential and resources", the Thai hosts said yesterday.
 arrow Coastal forests stripped of Tk 4 cr trees
Foresters and bandits have stripped the forests in the coastal Noakhali of trees worth nearly Tk 4 crore during past eight years, according to local people.
 arrow Tough law to clip NGO wings soon
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) yesterday protested a government move to introduce a new law to regulate NGO (non-governmental organisation) activities, saying it will severely hinder their
 arrow US to ask Musharraf about Khan's pardon
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that Washington accepted Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf's decision to pardon a top nuclear expert who passed secrets on to Iran, Libya and North Korea .
 arrow Ekushey book fair opened amid protests
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and the Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) yesterday staged demonstrations on the Dhaka University campus protesting the prime minister's visit to the Ekushey Book Fair while
 arrow Outlaws threaten to kill 11 journos in Rajshahi
Underground operatives of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha) in an anonymous letter has threatened to kill 11 Rajshahi-based journalists of leading print and electronic media.
 arrow Sangsad session resumes today
The winter session of the Jatiya Sangsad resumes at 4:00pm today after a 10-day halt due to the Eid-ul-Azha.

The session began on January 18 and will continue till March 14.

 arrow Top Jihad boss, boy killed in Israeli raid
An Israeli helicopter gunship slammed a missile into a car in Gaza City yesterday, killing a top Islamic Jihad commander and a 12-year-old bystander and drawing vows of revenge by Palestinian militants.
 arrow Outlaws kill AL man, wound informant
Armed outlawed operatives killed and wounded an Awami League (AL) activist and an informant in Rampal and Fakirhat upazilas in Bagerhat on Friday and have threatened to kill the chairman of Shufalakati
 arrow 10 killed, 60 hurt in road accidents
Ten people were killed and more than 60 others injured in two road accidents in Madaripur and Noakhali yesterday.
 arrow Ctg pirates kill two crews, loot goods
Pirates killed two watchmen and looted some goods from a Mongolian flag carrier anchored at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port in the early hours of yesterday, police and hospital sources said.
 arrow 48-hour PCJSS programme begins today
The Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) and its front organisations yesterday brought out a procession and street rally in support of its 48-hour seize programme beginning today.
 arrow Jewellers strike in city today, demand gold recovery
Four jewellers' associations go on a daylong strike in the capital today demanding immediate recovery of gold worth around Tk 5.5 crore that was looted on February 4.
 arrow Monitoring cell suspends OC
The home ministry's monitoring cell yesterday ordered the suspension of the officer-in-charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station in Khulna for neglect in the investigation into journalist Manik Saha's killing
 arrow SC stays IGP's conviction for court contempt
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) verdict that convicted the inspector general of police (IGP) for contempt of court.
 arrow 18 guns seized in Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered 18 light guns from Menthon in Chakdhala under bordering Naikhongchhari upazila Friday night.
 arrow Probe body on Meghna launch disaster formed
The government has formed a three-member committee to investigate Thursday's launch disaster in the Meghna in Barisal.
 arrow Schroeder quits as party leader
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has announced his resignation as chairman of his centre-left party.

"I will concentrate on my work as chancellor and head of government," he told a news conference.

 arrow Hasina vows tougher agitation after hartal
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her firm conviction that ouster of the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government is now a matter of time only.
 arrow 3 more die in Makkah
Three more Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims died of natural causes at Makkah over the past few days, raising the death toll of Bangladeshis to 40 this Hajj season, a press release of the Ministry of Religious
 arrow Another foreign pilot dies in Ctg
A foreign pilot of an aircraft chartered by a private airline died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday soon after he was shifted from Cox's Bazar General Hospital.
 arrow Protest

 arrow Tk 22 lakh, sten gun looted from bank microbus
Armed miscreants yesterday looted Tk 22 lakh and a sten gun from a microbus carrying Pubali Bank officials in the city.
 arrow AL hartal passes off quietly in Khulna
The half-day hartal enforced by the Main Opposition Awami League passed off peacefully yesterday in Khulna Metropolitan City.
 arrow Jt forces yet to rescue Bablu
Joint forces made another futile attempt yesterday, failing to recover abducted hotelier Hasan Mahbub Bablu, six days after an unnamed indigenous outfit kidnapped him from Bandarban.
 arrow Gang loots arms from ansars in N'ganj
An armed gang looted two rifles and 10 bullets from ansars and security guards at Fatullah in Narayanganj on Friday.
 arrow Youth found dead in Dhanmondi, injured trader dies at DMCH
Assailants slaughtered an unidentified youth in Dhanmondi, while a vegetable trader, who was stabbed Thursday in Badda, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Contract extended for Secy Dalil Uddin
The government yesterday extended contract service of the Secretary in-charge of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Dalil Uddin Mondal for one year.
 arrow Indian air chief due today
Chief of Air Staff of Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy today arrives in Dhaka on a four-day goodwill visit, according to a press release.
 arrow 9 victims of launch mishap laid to rest
Nine of the Thursday's launch accident casualties, including four from a family, were laid to rest yesterday at various villages in the district.
Businessarrow Funds crisis stalls FBCCI capacity-building efforts
The capacity-building efforts of the apex trade body have been stalled due to funds shortage as the government has not yet responded positively to provide necessary financial assistance.
 arrow Bangladeshis eye Everest
Mount Everest is not far from Bangladesh. But conquering the world's highest peak is still a dream for any Bangladeshi. At last, an opportunity has come to materialise the dream.
 arrow G7 ministers seek formula to ease economic concerns
The world's top financial policymakers struggled to find a formula to address European demands for currency market stability despite evident US satisfaction with a steadily sliding dollar.
 arrow US, Australian trade talks go down to the wire
Top US and Australian trade negotiators held another marathon session of talks on Friday, as a deadline fast approached to seal a free trade pact threatened by a row over access to US agricultural markets.
 arrow South Korea bans import of chicken from US
South Korea on Saturday temporarily banned the import of birds from the United States after the state of Delaware confirmed that the chicken population at a farm there was confirmed hit by bird flu.
 arrow Singapore, Pakistan discuss possible free trade deal
Visiting Pakistani Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz said Saturday he discussed a possible free trade agreement (FTA) between his country and Singapore during a meeting with Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong.
 arrow Jack Straw defends outsourcing to India by British firms
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Saturday defended outsourcing to India by British firms against a backlash in the West but urged New Delhi also to ensure open markets.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Fourteen bids of 2-day tenor amounting to Tk 679.

 arrow AB Bank managers' conference held
The Managers' Conference-2004 of Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited was held in Gazipur on Friday.

Faisal M Khan, chairman of the bank, presided over the conference, says a press release.

 arrow Walton motorbike
RB Group of Companies Limited has started marketing Walton motorcycles.

The motorcycles, manufactured with technological cooperation from Korea, are now available in local market, says a press release.

 arrow G7 seeks consensus on coping with dollar drop
World financial leaders, meeting in a Florida resort for talks on the global economy, face the tough job Saturday of agreeing on wording to stop the US dollar's drop from spinning out of control.
 arrow US-Europe row on gene crops set to trouble UN biodiversity talks
A three-week gathering on the United Nations' biodiversity accord gets underway on Monday to likely friction between the United States and Europe over genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Sportsarrow Football: Hasan gives AKC hope
A 34th minute goal by Mah-mudul Hasan kept Abahani Krira Chakra's hopes alive in the title race of the Western Union Premier League with a 1-0 win against Victoria Sporting Club at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: Saifullah spins Dhaka out
Leader leaders Dhaka found themselves on the receiving end from Saifullah Khan as the Rajshahi off-spinner captured five wickets on the opening day of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea fifth National Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Second final today
India's batsmen would have to rediscover their hunger for making runs if they were to going to beat a buoyant Australia in the finals of the triangular international one-day cricket series, their captain
 arrow Cricket: 'Elite' Asoka axed
Aleem Dar will become a Test match umpire in April, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Friday after promoting the Pakistani to its elite panel of officals.
 arrow Cricket: Massive win for Tejkunipara
Zakir Ho-ssain hammered a brilliant cen-tury as Tej-kunipara High School recorded a massive win against Khilgaon Government High School in one of the six Dhaka Zone matches of the 22nd Standard Chartered
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd's faith in WI crop
Former captain Clive Lloyd believes an emerging crop of fast bowlers have the ability to send West Indies back towards the top of world cricket.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay in Pan Pacific final
Former world number one Lindsay Davenport smashed aside Jelena Dokic 6-1, 6-0 on Saturday to close in on the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament, the only title she won last year.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s thrash Nepal again
The Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team completed 3-0 whitewash of Nepal when they outplayed the visitors by ten wickets in their last practice match at the Fatullah Stadium in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers bite back
Bangladesh thrived on three half-centuries to stage a remarkable turnaround on the second day of their three-day match against Namibia in the capital Windhoek yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England, Canada due today
England and Canada will arrive today to take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held at eight different venues across the country from February 15.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters crash out
Bangladesh crashed out of the BIMST-EC Youth (under-17) Football Tournament when neighbours Myanmar handed them a 3-0 defeat in the semifinals in the Thai city of Phuket yesterday.
 arrow PM opens Shaheed Chandu Stadium
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Saturday called for sincere and tireless efforts by the sportsmen and organisers to attain success in the international arena.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Sreerampur Friends Club beat Zoka Jubo Sangha 3-1 in the opening match of the Econo First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

First half ended 2-0.

 arrow Football: Where Eagles, Lions dare
Four-time champions Cameroon and two-time winners Nigeria renew their long-standing rivalry on Sunday in the glamour tie of the African Nations Cup quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Nigerian bad boys stay out
Celestine Babayaro and Victor Agali on Friday joined fellow banished Nigerian teammate Yakuba Aiyegbeni in insisting that they have no intention of returning to their country's African Nations Cup squad.
 arrow Football: Eriksson drops Chelsea hint
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says that talk of him joining Chelsea after the summer could not be ruled out if circumstances at the club and at the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal allow.
Metropolitanarrow St. Joseph High School celebrates golden jubilee
Amid great enthusiasm and festivity, St. Joseph High School celebrated its golden jubilee with a two-day programme that ended yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tourism dwindles in CHT for law and order slide
Flow of tourists in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and income from tourism have fallen drastically due to deterioration in law and order in last one year.
 arrow Rangpur Sugar Mills workers begin agitation
Labourers and sugarcane growers of Rangpur Sugar Mills, Gaibandha have begun a 3-week agitation programme from Friday protesting the authorities' decision to layoff the mills with effect from March 31.
 arrow Pry text books on open sale in Nilphamari
Primary textbooks meant for free distribution among students are sold in open markets while at least 30 per cent of the students are yet to get those.
 arrow 64 hurt in 2 road mishaps in Mymensingh
At least 64 people were injured in two road accidents in the district yesterday and the night before.
 arrow Family threaten to withdraw case
Alleged killers of a BNP leader and his son are moving free and threatening their family members to withdraw case against them or face dire consequence.
 arrow 'Help track down criminals'
Police Superintendent ATM Tarek exchanged Eid greetings with newsmen at Brahmanabaria Press Club.

He had a frank exchange of views with newsmen on the crime situation in the district.

 arrow Main accused in Rajnagar 'four-murder case' still at large
The main accused in sensational '4-Murder Case' at Kashempur village in Fatehpur union of Rajnagar upazila, Motlib Miah is still at large while his gun is also missing after four months of the incident.
 arrow Anti-terrorism rally in Manikganj
An anti-terrorism procession was brought out in Manikganj town by the supporters of Chief Whip Khandoker Delwar Hossain on Saturday.
 arrow Transport leader beaten
A transport leader was beaten by his fellow associates on Monday evening in a feud over sharing of money looted from Tora bridge toll plaza on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Writing on the wall: What does it mean?
On the face of it, the expression 'writing on the wall' means anything that is written on the wall.
 arrow Avian Influenza: The risk and the need for government policy
In recent weeks we have all witnessed the destruction of millions of chickens in South-East Asia. This is an attempt to stamp out bird flu (avian influenza).
 arrow Our poisoned future
After two weeks in Mumbai, I developed a nasty set of ailments. A combination of itchy, hoarse throat, sinus pain and blocked nose knocked me flat.
Culturearrow IFFR: anatomy of a film festival
600 films in 24 film theatres with 355,000 audience turnover and a revenue of Euro 1,000,000 from ticket sales: that, in brief, is all about this edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
 arrow 50 Golden Years
It was a total wonder to watch boys of generations and ages mingling together, at the 50th anniversary of St. Joseph High School.
Internationalarrow Police hunt Moscow train bombers
Moscow was grieving yesterday for victims of a deadly subway bombing, as many blamed the FSB security service for not doing enough to prevent the suspected suicide attack by Chechen rebels.
 arrow Annan, Powell differ on US data on Iraq
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said "no apologies" were needed for intelligence used to justify the Iraq war but UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that the questionable US weapons data couldjeopardise
 arrow Germany will not block NATO in Iraq
Despite deep skepticism, Germany will not stand in the way of a consensus on greater NATO involvement in Iraq but will send no troops, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said yesterday.
 arrow Iran president vows poll will go ahead
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has protested to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over a conservative vetting body's failure to reinstate hundreds of disqualified election candidates, state media
 arrow Second big quake in two days strikes Indonesia
An earthquake measuring up to 7.1 on the Richter scale struck eastern Indonesia yesterday, a day after one of similar magnitude killed 27 people and injured hundreds.
 arrow Two-headed baby surgery 'success'
Surgeons in the Dominican Republic have successfully removed a second head from a baby girl in a landmark operation.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rocca's comments
There are a few more words of advice for our two top leaders -- Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina -- this time emanating from Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs.
 arrow Editorial: Disgruntled UP chairmen
Union Council chairmen have expressed their resentment about the way the MPs are impinging on their authority to undertake development activities and other functions that they are supposed to performas
 arrow The fall of an icon
One wonders if the Pakistani nuclear proliferation saga has ended, albeit for the present, with the pardon granted to Dr.
 arrow BJP lacks base in South
The Congress has a dependable base in southern India. This is what I gather after visiting some of its parts.
Letters to Editorarrow Sonali Bank group insurance
The family members of the deceased employees of the Sonali Bank are not getting the group insurance benefit for the last nine months.
 arrow Ahmadiyya issue
It is with great regret that I came to read about religious extremists in Bangladesh putting pressure on the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims.
 arrow Ershad barred at Zia
My attention is drawn to a news item published yesterday in the DS under the above caption.
 arrow Deaths in river
It is really unfortunate that the safety of launch passengers is still neglected in every possible way in the country.
 arrow Fanatics in politics
Bangladesh has been praised for her non-communal approach so far all over the world.
Star Holidayarrow A Hillside Story
SOMEONE said it looks like Shilong. I had never been there. But from the view around, I have to admit, Shilong must be beautiful.

The narrow road winds up the hills, taking dangerous hairpin turns.

Star Healtharrow Diabetic foot problems and treatments
Foot problems are a leading cause of hospitalisation for the people who have been identified as having diabetes mellitus.
Star Cityarrow A thousand books to bloom
Amar Ekushey Book Fair that opened yesterday will introduce about 900 new books to readers, a drop of about 300 from last year, officials and publishers said.
 arrow A fountain of waste
Lack of coordination between two government bodies is putting about Tk 2.
 arrow Leaders eat up canteen cream
Thousands of Dhaka University resident students have long been deprived of nutrients and are time and again suffering from dysentery because of unhealthy canteen food.
 arrow Khilgaon flyover seems set to miss second deadline
The under construction Khilgaon flyover appears destined to miss its June 2004 completion deadline as a number of factors has delayed the progress of the work.
 arrow Toll-takers in guise of owners' associations
Unauthorised toll collection in the transport sector by the owners' associations has been singled out as one of the basic causes for fare hike and increase in price of essential commodities in a report
 arrow All about the dead on computers
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to computerise death registrations on a database, which will store information about the deceased and their burial location also.
 arrow They Move Like Seasonal Birds