Volume 4 Number 251 Mon. February 09, 2004    
Advertise with The Daily Star -- Advertising on the Website    Advertising in the Printed Edition-- Home 
Today's Index
Front Page
Letters to Editor
Write to Editor
Star City

About Us

Today's Index
Front Pagearrow Firearms flood in thru' porous Satkhira border
Gangs of gunrunners openly smuggle firearms into Bangladesh, making the Satkhira borders with India porous with bribes to 'mammonish law-enforcers', underworld operatives and local people said.
 arrow Protesters torch 16 AL men's houses
Arsonists with ties to the ruling BNP burnt down at least 16 houses of Awami League adherents in police presence Saturday night in the outrage at the killing of a deputy minister's nephew in Natore, for
 arrow Rivals kill two Khulna outlaws
Armed assailants yesterday killed two youths with suspected ties to an underground outfit in an attack over internal row in Khulna city, dubbed as the valley of death, in the latest in a series of killings
 arrow DU student's date with destiny
Md Motiur Rahman, 23, a student of Dhaka University's Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS), is facing disability as the leg injuries he sustained in a road accident during a university field
 arrow FTA deal signed, door kept open for Dhaka
The commerce ministers of all BIMST-EC member states except Bangladesh yesterday signed a framework agreement on a free trade area (FTA) in the Thai resort town of Phuket, keeping an option open for Dhaka
 arrow Jewellers keep shutters down protesting Feb 4 heist
Jewellery shop owners of Dhaka city kept their shutters down all day yesterday to protest robbery of over Tk 5.5 crore worth of jewellery from two retail outlets on Wednesday.
 arrow Business leaders' prodding fails to budge AL on Feb 12 hartal
A letter from business and chamber leaders requesting the Awami League (AL) chief to withdraw the February 12 countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal in the greater national interest has apparently failed toinfluence
 arrow Bomb found near Khulna AL rally venue
Khulna police yesterday recovered a hand bomb from the roof of a shop at Shahid Hadis Park, a few yards away from the venue of an Awami League (AL) mourning rally.
 arrow JP(E) walks out to protest bar on Ershad's visit
The Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) stormed out of parliament yesterday protesting the government's barring its chief former president HM Ershad from flying abroad last week.
 arrow Hide traders face huge loss from 'artificial crisis'
Hide traders in Natore despair following steep fall in prices and lack of buyers for their stocks of rawhides worth about Tk 10 crore.
 arrow Axe to fall on 2,741 BJMC staff
State-owned Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) will axe 2741 of its personnel by the end of this month if they refuse to stand down accepting a golden handshake scheme, State Minister for Jute Lutfar
 arrow Kuwait responds to crisis, sending fuel
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) will dispatch emergency consignments of kerosene and jet fuel to enable Bangladesh overcome a sudden fuel crisis.
 arrow Govt baffled over Dutch court fine
The government is in a fix over payment of a Tk 31 crore fine sentenced by a court in The Hague for cancelling a contract with a Dutch company for supplying computers.
 arrow Rover makes drilling debut on Mars
Fresh from being given a clean bill of health, the Spirit rover drilled its first tiny hole in a rock on the surface of Mars, Nasa scientists said Saturday.

"We made some history here.

 arrow Lankan parliament sacked, April 2 snap polls called
Sri Lanka's fragile peace bid and reconstruction from war were plunged into uncertainty yesterday after the president sacked parliament and called elections nearly four years ahead of schedule.
 arrow Resist 'chaos-creating' opposition: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for resisting 'those trying to unleash violence' to create chaos in the country.
 arrow B'ban hotelier Bablu still missing
Joint forces, until yesterday, failed to recover the abducted Bandarban hotelier Hasan Mahbub Bablu, a week after an indigenous outfit kidnapped him from his resort.
 arrow Police yet to find rest of looted money
Police could recover no more money after recovering Tk 5 lakh of Tk 22 lakh looted from a Pubali bank's vehicle Saturday evening in the city's Kodomtoli area.
 arrow First day passes off quietly
The first day of the 48-hour road blockade in the three hill districts called by Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) passed off yesterday without any violent incident as the army and police
 arrow Home ministry moves to drop BNP leaders' names
The home ministry yesterday directed the district administration to drop the names of four BNP leaders from the Latif murder case.
 arrow Biman averts accident in Sylhet
A Bangladesh Biman Airbus averted accident at the MAG Osmani International Airport in Sylhet yesterday just before take-off.
 arrow 30 new books make way to shelves
The Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2004 was abuzz with bookworms who thronged the venue at the Bangla Academy premises yesterday on the second day of the three-week fair.
 arrow Kerry rolls to big wins
Democratic front-runner John Kerry yesterday rolled to decisive wins in Michigan and Washington state, extending his domination of his party's presidential race and moving a step closer to the nomination.
 arrow Rajshahi press club under police watch
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police have taken security measures at Rajshahi City Press Club (RCPC) following an outlawed organisation's letter pronouncing death of 11 local journalists.
 arrow 8 killed, 55 injured in road mishaps
Eight persons including a woman and two boys were killed and 55 others injured in three separate road accidents in Comilla, Chittagong and Feni yesterday.
 arrow 100 get death, 136 life in 2 years
In 50 sensational cases, the speedy trial tribunals have handed down about 100 death sentences and imprisoned at least 136 convicts for life in nearly two years.
 arrow Body recovered in Nayahat
Police recovered the body of a man from at Nayahat in Chittagong on Saturday.
 arrow 7 women barred from boarding Kuwait-bound flight
Immigration officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) barred departure of seven female garment workers by a Qatar Airways flight to Jordan yesterday.
 arrow 2 candidates withdraw from race
Two candidates yesterday withdrew their candidatures for Kushtia-1 (Daulatpur) by-polls.
Businessarrow Steel, iron prices still steep even after strike ends
The prices of iron and steel products show no sign of easing up even one month into the end of a strike in steel and re-rolling mills.
 arrow 'One village one product' concept can be a boost to small, cottage industries
Bangladesh can initiate 'one village one product' programme replicating the successful Thai concept that will give a boost to small and cottage industries in rural areas, a Thai embassy official saidyesterday.
 arrow Junior Chamber Asia-Pacific summit begins in Dhaka on Thursday
Junior Chamber Bangladesh (JCB), country chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI), will organise a three-day Asia-Pacific summit in Dhaka beginning on Thursday.
 arrow Japan may compromise on US beef imports
Japan may be open to compromise on its suspension of US beef imports that has been in effect since December following the discovery of a case of mad cow disease, Agriculture Minister Yoshiyuki Kamei said
 arrow Consumer item import up 22pc in six months
Import of consumer items increased about 22 percent during the first half of the current fiscal year (2003-04) as compared to same period last fiscal, according to Bangladesh Bank.
 arrow Organic tea hits auction market on Tuesday
A new type of tea -- organic tea-- grown for the first time in the country by a local company is going to hit the auction market in Chittagong on Tuesday.
 arrow Citigroup grant for microcredit summit meet
Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, has made a grant of $25,000 to the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) for organising the 2004 Asia-Pacific Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils
 arrow Sonargaon hotel re-launches Italian restaurant
Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel has re-launched an Italian restaurant with new mouth-watering dishes.
 arrow Canada, USA to invest $7m in CEPZ
Canada and USA will jointly set up a textile industry in the Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) at a cost of $7.138 million.
 arrow US, Europe reach accord on currency stabilisation
The United States and Europe reached agreement here Saturday at a Group of Seven finance meeting to call for stabilisation in the euro-dollar exchange rate, a European source close to the talks said.
 arrow Lamy for resumption of WTO trade talks
European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy on Saturday called for the resumption of stalled multilateral trade liberalization talks.
Sportsarrow Football: Babu makes it a boxing match!
Ugly scenes re-surfaced once again in the Western Union Premier Division football league as a linesman was punched out of the game during yesterday's fixture between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sheikh
 arrow Football: No Premier soccer for 6 days
The Western Union Premier Division Football League will remain suspended for six days after today's Brothers Union and Dhaka Wanderers match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Youthful opening tomorrow
The stage is set for a grand opening ceremony of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup. The curtain of the biggest youth jamboree will be raised at the Bangabandhu National Stadium tomorrow evening.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi floor Dhaka
Dhaka collapsed to a defeat in just two days with left-arm spinner Saifullah Khan finishing with a match haul of 12 wickets as Rajshahi romped to an eight-wicket win over the leaders of the Ispahani Mirzapore
 arrow Cricket: Australia win with a bang
Australia clinched the triangular VB Series one-day cricket competition in punishing style with a morale-shattering 208-run win over a disheartened India here.
 arrow Cricket: Sohag slams ton
Sohag scored a dazzling centu-ry to fashion a sevenwi-cket victory for Progoti High School against Islami Adarsha High School in one of the four Dhaka Zone matches of the Standard Chartered 22nd National
 arrow Cricket: No alcohol ads
Pakistan cricket authorities have banned alcohol advertisements on cricket grounds during the upcoming Pakistan-India cricket series set to revive ties between the rivals, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers draw three-dayer
Namibia put up a spirited display in their second innings as Bangladesh were forced to draw their three-day match on the final day in Windhoek yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay keeps Pan Pacific title
Lindsay Davenport retained the only title she won last year when she breezed past Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria in Pan Pacific Open tennis final here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng may lose ICC meet
David Morgan, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), faces one of the most important meetings of his career next month, when he takes on the board chairmen of the other nine Test-playing
 arrow Cricket: 'We're mentally strong'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting attributed his team's crushing win over India on Sunday to their superior mental strength, saying the tourists had failed to raise their game when it mattered most.
 arrow Athletics: Tokyo Marathon Njenga's
Kenyan Daniel Njenga spurted to his first marathon victory here Sunday, upstaging double Olympic medalist and compatriot Eric Wainaina and boosting his chances of earning a first Olympic ticket.
 arrow Table Tennis: Ctg TT
City Club and Quality Sports moved into the super league winning in their respective matches in the CJKS-Sinmin Mineral Water Table Tennis League at the Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) Gymnasium
 arrow Football: 'Brazilliance' to the rescue
Brazilian superstars Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos struck to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win at home to Malaga on Saturday and keep the defending champions two points clear of in-form Valencia.
 arrow Football: Hosts, Mali reach semis
Midfielder Jaohar Mnari steered Tunisia into the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup on Saturday after a tempestuous 1-0 win over Senegal.
 arrow Football: Van Nistelrooy does it
Manchester United blew a 3-0 halftime lead against Everton but snatched a 4-3 victory with a last-gasp winner by Ruud van Nistelrooy on a breathless day of action in the premier league on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Vieira sings for Anelka
Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira hopes his former team mate Nicolas Anelka can return to the France team under Jacques Santini as the champions prepare for Euro 2004 in Portugal.
Metropolitanarrow Sangskritik Jote Ekushey programme begins
Sammilito Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) yesterday launched a 12-day programme to mark the Amar Ekushey at the Central Shaheed Minar.
 arrow Indian air chief arrives in city
The Chief of the Air Staff of Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy arrived here yesterday on a six-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Distribution of JU admission test forms begins today
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) begins the distribution of admission test forms for first year honours classes under 2003-04 academic session today.
Nationalarrow Teesta water withdrawal by India playing havoc
Unilateral withdrawal of water from Teesta river by India has caused havoc in its basin in greater Rangpur, effecting the ecology and economy.
 arrow A different day for students
It was a good day for students at Nilphamari. Boys and girls from different institutions exchanged views on education and examination with brilliant students from Dhaka.
 arrow Untrained cop plied vessel, pressure on to suppress probe report
A departmental inquiry revealed that the police patrol boat which sank in Jhalakathi on January 21 was driven by a policeman who had no navigation licence and experience.
 arrow Outlaws' feud in Barisal intensifies
Outlaws belonging to Zia group abducted and cut off a leg of Parvez Chowkider, a member of the opponent Kamrul group on Thursday night.
 arrow Catching of jatka on in Meghna, Tetulia
Although banned, indiscriminate catching of jatka (Hilsha fish fry) and their sale in markets are going on unabated on the nose of law enforcers.
 arrow Rangpur Sugar Mills workers agitate against layoff decision
Workers and employees of Rangpur Sugar Mills, joined by sugarcane farmers, brought out a procession in the town and held a protest rally on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's office on Saturday
 arrow Prisoner dies at Bhola
A prisoner died while being taken to Bhola Sadar Hospital from Bhola District Jail on Saturday.
 arrow Chicken Tk 40 per kg in Mymensingh
Retail prices of poultry birds have come down to one-third in different bazaars of the district including Nutun Bazaar in the town due to panic of bird flu.
 arrow Manikganj BNP leader alleges death threat by party rivals
BNP leader Tozammel Hoq Toza of Manikganj, now under treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, has alleged that he is getting death threats from his rivals in the party.
 arrow Meet to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in B'baria
An information sharing and awareness raising meeting under HIV/ AIDS prevention programme was held at Brahmanbaria Press Club on Wednesday.
 arrow Ispahani school reunion held
The first reunion of ex-students of Ispahani Public School and College (IPSC), Chittagong was held at the Chittagong Club auditorium here on Saturday.
 arrow 15 hurt in clashes over land
At lest 15 people including four women were injured in clashes over lands at two villages in the Sadar and Assassumi upazilas on Saturday and the day before.
 arrow 40 eye patients get free treatment in Satkhira
About 400 eye patients were given free treatment at an eye camp held on Satkhria Government Boys High School premises on Thursday.
 arrow Ex-leader of JCD arrested on murder charge
An ex-leader of Jatiyatabadi Chattra Dal (JCD) was arrested on Saturday afternoon on charge of killing a BNP leader and his son at Shorshuna village in Shalikha upazila.
 arrow Hunger strike in front of UNO office
Members of the Gobindaganj Upazila Citizens' Committee staged a day-long hunger strike on the premises of the UNO office on Saturday demanding release of its convenor Abdul Matin Mollah.
 arrow Three 'outlaws' arrested
Three outlaws were arrested at Kumarkhali on Sunday

People caught three cadres of the outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) from Kumarkhali college para slum and handed over them to police.

Point-Counterpointarrow Remittances: A major thrust is feasible
Bangladesh's export regime remains extremely narrowly-based.
 arrow Events, time and tradition
If, as they say, great art imitates life or at least holds up a mirror to it to reflect the artists' particular vision of life, it follows then that, good fiction must also derive its qualities from the
 arrow A holy fatwa and a recreation oasis for the Japanese in Iraq
With Japanese troops already in Iraq, the authorities in Tokyo have now realised that the soldiers who have been sent to a hostile land would need few other things that would make their stay in that scary
 arrow Proper land use can improve housing industry situation
Bangladesh is a very small country, but with a considerable population of 130 million. Total landmass amounts to 36 million acres of which farmlands acquire 20 million acres, water bodies 2.
Culturearrow The lighter side of life
Talking about a recent workshop on cartoons in India, Rafiqun Nabi says, "This concentrated on the South East Asian region like India, Pakistan, Nepal and such places.
 arrow Conversation with Lucky Aakhandh
My ancestors came from Iran. The Aakhandhs are basically followers of Sufism who educate people with songs and poems. My father had a deep passion for music and my initial training started in the family.
 arrow Westward Ho! Ash chases global dreams
Aishwarya Rai may become a non-resident Indian, or NRI, soon that is if everything moves according to her plans.
 arrow Mishti Katha launched
To promote Safe Motherhood as well as to prevent violence against women, Sublime Media launched the 90- minute film Mishthi Katha directed by Abu Sayeed and written by Masum Reza, says a press
Generalarrow Overcrowded launch escapes disaster
An overcrowded launch plying Muladi-Dhaka route escaped a disaster on Friday night after its passengers forced its staff to anchor the vessel at nearby terminal.
 arrow Help protect ecosystem of Sundarbans
State Minister for Forest and Environment Jafrul Islam Chowdhury yesterday called upon NGOs, environmentalists and other agencies concerned to work together with the government to protect ecosystem of
 arrow Car stolen
Actress Ilora Gahor's car Toyota Corolla LX Reg. No. Dhaka GA 14-1803 was stolen from Baridhara in the city on February 6.
Internationalarrow Sharon seeks support over evacuation plan
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rallying support for his controversial Gaza evacuation plan among sceptical members of his own party Sunday as a wanted militant was shot dead in the territoryby
 arrow India's EC warns politicians over misuse of public funds
India's new election chief yesterday warned parties not to use public funds to entice voters ahead of parliamentary polls expected within months in the world's largest democracy.


 arrow Pakistan says Khan's pardon conditional
As international concern mounted over the public admission by top nuclear scientist Dr A Q Khan that he leaked sensitive data to Iran, Libya and North Korea, Pakistan has said the pardon granted to him
 arrow Kerry eyes conciliatory foreign policy
Call him a prudent statesman, call him a weak-kneed dove, but when Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry looks out on the world he sees diplomatic landscapes vastly different than the harshhorizons
 arrow UN envoy fails to win invitation to Myanmar
UN envoy Razali Ismail met with Myanmar's Foreign Minister Win Aung yesterday but failed to win an invitation to visit the country or find out when its "road map" to democracy will be launched.
 arrow Bird flu cannot transmit easily among humans
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the bird flu virus has not yet changed into a form capable of easy human-to-human transmission after further tests on suspect cases in Vietnam.
 arrow Boy found alive under rubble
A 16-year-old boy was pulled out alive yesterday from the wreckage of an 11-storey apartment block in the central Turkish city of Konya that collapsed five days ago, media reported.
 arrow Two-headed baby dies after op
A young baby has died hours after landmark surgery in the Dominican Republic to remove a live second head.

Doctors said the baby's blood refused to clot, leading to her death.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Manik Saha murder sequel
The suspension of the officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station in Khulna for allegedly neglecting investigations into the brutal murder of journalist Manik Saha could have occurred for good reasons.
 arrow Editorial: Piracy at Ctg Port
Last year there were 35 reported incidents of buccaneering in and around Chittagong Port, the country's premier entrepot.
 arrow The question of settling issues, not the scores
There is a vacant throne," Mussolini, the fascists' redoubtable guru had said once, "in every country in Europe waiting for a capable man to fill it.
 arrow Nuclear fallout
Pakistan has had a bad week, one can only hope that the "damage control" being attempted by the Government will be successful.
 arrow Our democracy: A charge to keep
The well founded rumours that the country will witness an even more rigorous round of political confrontation after Eid gives one pause for concern.
 arrow Consensus to check energy system loss
The people of Bangladesh are blessed with natural gas energy resource.
 arrow Expansion of parliament
The government of Bangladesh has decided to expand the parliament to 450 seats without negotiating with the opposition parties.
Letters to Editorarrow Death of Hajis at Mina
It was a pleasant Eid, interspersed with extreme bouts of stress and tension because of the deaths of Hajis at Mina.
 arrow War and propaganda
Latest exposures indicate that the US­UK led aggression against Iraq fits into a propaganda paradigm.
 arrow AQ Khan controversy
Now that Dr AQ Khan has been pardoned by President Musharraf, let's put an end to this sorry saga. It would have been easier for President Musharraf to carry out his investigation if it was any otherscientist.
 arrow "Transformation of a glorious city"
Dr. Syed Saad Andalib is to be congratulated for his most comprehensive/thoughtful article under the above heading which appeared in the Point Counterpoint page of The Daily Star on February 5.
 arrow Citizens need help
In Bangladesh, the cell phone companies are doing monopoly business. The service is very poor and the call rates are extremely high.
 arrow Woman leadership
The leaders and the activists of our Islamic parties time and again say that according to Islamic Shariah woman leadership in a Muslim country is not permitted (najaez).
 arrow RAJUK plots
Thanks are due to the RAJUK authorities for extending the date of submitting application for allotment of plots at Gulshan, Banani and Uttara (3rd phase).
 arrow "Shopping centres of Dhaka"
This is in response to Mr. SU Ahmed's letter in the DS on February 6, 2004.
 arrow "Why?"
This letter is in response to Prasenjit Sarker's letter entitled, "Why?", February 6.

He questions why we don't pay as much attention to festivities of other religions.

 arrow CIA director speaks
These columns have carried many letters expressing divergent views on US/UK invasion of Iraq, mostly against.
 arrow Tikka and Niazi
A H Jaffor Ullah wrote that the Pakistani military gave a heroic last rite and honour to Tikka Khan and no such rite will ever take place for General Niazi.
 arrow US Congressmen and minorities
After reading the letter of Mr. Bijan Kumar Nath published in The Daily Star on January 28, the accusation of a black student in a foreign Institute came to my mind.
Star Cityarrow Time for a statutory warning?
Health officials and mineral water companies seem unaware of possible health risks like cancer from the reuse of throwaway plastic water bottles that a recent Australian study says contain potential carcinogenic
 arrow Fish, soybean oil prices soar
Fish prices have gone up in the city despite sufficient supply in the markets.

Meanwhile soybean oil marked another round of rise.

 arrow Bottled danger still on
A set of dishonest traders in Old Dhaka continues to fill used plastic water bottles with tap water and fastens fake security seals to them for sale.
 arrow Basanta at the door

 arrow DCC in trouble as lessees dodge dues
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is struggling to meet the World Bank (WB)'s condition for private operators to run inter-district bus terminals, as the lessees are not paying up their dues.
 arrow Fines, jail term proposed for noise pollution
The environment and forest ministry will announce the draft of Noise Pollution (Control) Rules, 2003 toward the end of the month, which recommends fines and jail punishment to violators.
 arrow Day Two at the Book Fair

 arrow Tower Hamlets Mayor Arrives Today