Volume 4 Number 255 Fri. February 13, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Saber falls unconscious as over 100 hurt in cop beating
Former minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury and Awami League MP Ahsanullah Master sustained critical head wounds when police charged baton to disperse a pro-hartal procession near Dainik Bangla crossing in
 arrow Doctors face 10yrs for malpractice
Medical practitioners face up to 10 years in prison and Tk 10 lakh in fines for malpractice under a proposed law, titled Private Clinic and Diagnostic Centre Ordinance 2004, to be placed in parliament
 arrow AL spreading violence
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday accused the Awami League of fuelling violence in the name of anti-government demonstration and blamed a series of political killings on the main opposition party's
 arrow FBCCI blames politics of conflict for law, order crisis
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) at an emergency meeting yesterday blamed the political 'culture of conflict' for deterioration of law and order.
 arrow JS body shocked at low quality job
Members of the parliamentary standing committee on energy ministry while visiting two gas pipeline projects around Savar Wednesday expressed their shock at the visible low quality construction works that
 arrow 11 banks lower rates since Jan
Eleven commercial banks have reduced various loan and deposit interest rates by 0.5-0.3 percentage points at the start of new year in line with the government and Bangladesh Bank (BB) efforts.
 arrow Hartal tomorrow to protest attacks: AL
The Awami League (AL) has called another daylong countrywide hartal tomorrow protesting attacks on its leaders and workers during yesterday's shutdown.
 arrow Saber, Ahsan just stumbled, says Altaf
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday said two Awami League leaders were injured when they stumbled on the road 'during a melee' as the law enforcers charged baton to disperse an unruly procession
 arrow Queen Sofia, other ignitaries start arriving tomorrow
A number of foreign dignitaries including Queen Sofia of Spain will start arriving in the city from tomorrow to participate in the Asia Pacific Regional Summit on Micro Credit beginning Monday.
 arrow Spring returns
The woes of winter are over, and the spring begins today amid joys of regeneration in life and the nature.
 arrow BRTC service planned as 2 more roads go off-limits to rickshaws
As two major city roads will become off-limits to rickshaws from February 25, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will run adequate buses on the routes.
 arrow Emergency kerosene supply due Sunday
The kerosene crisis, sweeping much of Bangladesh, will ease for a week with the arrival of 8,000 tonnes of the fuel at Chittagong port on Sunday, officials said.
 arrow 10 hurt as JU students, villagers clash
Seven students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) and three outsiders were injured yesterday in clashes with villagers of adjacent Gerua apparently to avenge an alleged assault on a local youth.
 arrow Natore arson victims reel from fresh threats
Arson affected villagers in restive Natore still camped in the open without food and medicine amid repeated threats of violent attack from alleged BNP activists.
 arrow Top US Gen in Mideast survives Iraqi attack
Insurgents launched a brazen attack yesterday on an Iraqi civil defense outpost visited by Gen. John Abizaid, commander of all US forces in the Middle East.
 arrow Man kills self after slaying wife, 4 children
An indigenous man committed suicide after chopping his wife and four children dead and injuring another son critically at remote Manikchhari upazila in Khagrachhari yesterday.
 arrow ROK scientists clone human embryos
Researchers in South Korea have become the first to successfully clone a human embryo, and then cull from it master stem cells that many doctors consider key to one day creating customised cures for diabetes,
 arrow Political leaders visit Saber, condemn police action
Political leaders including Dr Kamal Hossain, Rashed Khan Menon and Anwar Hossain Manju and former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday visited the injured Awami League leaders and activists at
 arrow Police inspector dies of heart attack during hartal hours
An on-duty police inspector died of 'cardiac arrest' in Mirpur during hartal hours yesterday.
 arrow Thailand confirms sixth bird flu case
A 13-year-old boy has been confirmed as Thailand's sixth human case of bird flu and the government was culling any birds testing positive in random checks nationwide, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Squabbling mars journalists' meet with PM
Infighting in the pro-BNP group of journalists yesterday plunged its meeting with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia into chaos yesterday, upsetting the agenda and embarrassing her.
 arrow Bank under depositors' siege for 5 days
Transactions with the Benapole branch of Agrani Bank remained stopped for the last five days as account holders kept the branch under siege to realise about Tk 3 crore that was misappropriated from their
 arrow Nizami hits out at press
The ruling alliance lawmakers including a senior minister yesterday lambasted the media for publishing what they said baseless and motivated news against former agriculture minister Matiur Rahman Nizami.
 arrow Encroaching Buriganga riverbanks..

 arrow Gono Forum, Workers Party talk agitation
Gono Forum (GF) and Workers Party (WP) yesterday reached consensus on intensifying the ongoing anti-government movement by uniting all democratic, progressive and non-communal groups and forces.
 arrow BSF kills 2, abducts 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed two Bangladeshi nationals in Chuadanga and kidnapped another in Sylhet on Wednesday.
 arrow No headway in Ctg customs official murder case
Law enforcers in Chittagong, till last evening, failed to make any headway in the Wednesday killing of Mokhter Hossain Afrad, a customs appraiser.
 arrow Outlaws kill youth in Pabna
A gang allegedly belonging to an outlawed organisation shot and chopped to death a youth at Faridpur in Pabna on Wednesday.
 arrow 2 killed, 5 injured in Bogra road accident
Two people were killed and five others injured in a road accident at Baghopara in Bogra on Wednesday.
 arrow Tk 40 lakh foreign bills seized
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized about Tk 40 lakh in foreign currency from a Singapore airlines passenger and arrested him Wednesday night.
 arrow 3 more held on charge of Ctg robbery
Police yesterday arrested three more people in connection with the robbery in the Chittagong Chamber building in the early hours of Wednesday.
 arrow UP member injured in outlaw attack
A UP member was critically wounded in an armed and bomb attack by outlaws Wednesday night while a member of 'Ahad Bahini' succumbed to bullet injuries in the city.
 arrow Irregularities in toll collection at Bangabandhu bridge alleged
A BNP lawmaker has alleged there are gross irregularities in toll collection at Bangbandhu bridge and demanded stern action to end this.
Businessarrow Cut import duty on cellphone sets to boost telecoms growth
Cellphone operators and set importers have urged the government to reduce import duty on handsets to accelerate the growth of telecommunications.
 arrow Agro-based industries, SMEs get priority
Janata Bank has set its lending strategy for 2004 attaching top priority to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and agro-based industries.
 arrow Cabbies demand wage structure, job security
Taxicab drivers of Dhaka city have demanded appointment letter, job security, life insurance coverage and a suitable wage structure for them.
 arrow ECB poll shows higher growth, inflation forecasts for 2004
The European Central Bank said Thursday that its latest survey of economic experts showed that both growth and inflation in the 12-country eurozone were expected to come out higher than expected thisyear.
 arrow Japan takes over top WTO job despite US reservations
Japan took over the chairmanship of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) executive General Council Wednesday, despite earlier US calls for the job to go to a developing country.
 arrow Global trade talks face first test as EU, G20 meet
New found hope that a deadlock in global free trade talks can be broken gets a first reality check Thursday when the European Union sits round the table with the G20, an alliance of developing countries
 arrow Two-day buyers sellers meet begins tomorrow
A two-day 'Buyers Sellers Meet' jointly organised by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Chemical and Allied Products Export Promotion Council (Capexil), India and Indian High Commission, starts
 arrow ICAB seminar on Saarc economic integration tomorrow
A seminar on 'Saarc Regional Economic Integration' will be held at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) auditorium in Dhaka tomorrow.
 arrow Terror strike may sink global economy, warns WEF chief
The chief of the World Economic Forum (WEF) warned Wednesday that a major terrorist strike could easily ruin the upbeat global economic and political scenario.
 arrow Asia's business investment poised to gather pace
Rising factory use rates, climbing capital goods imports and stirring demand for credit all point to Asia's export boom spilling over this year into a long-awaited pick-up in business investment.
 arrow China reacts positively
China has reacted positively to US proposals to restart World Trade Organization (WTO) talks stalled over differences between developed and developing countries, US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick
 arrow Dow hits 32-month high on Greenspan talk
Blue-chip stocks closed at a 32-month high on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the US economy was growing vigorously but reassured investors that no interest rate hike is imminent.
 arrow Daewoo Int'l finds energy jackpot in Myanmar
Daewoo International Corporation believes that its gas exploration project in Myanmar may be an energy jackpot.
 arrow EU, US okay Air France takeover of KLM
Air France, nearly grounded in a near miss with bankruptcy a decade ago, was cleared by Brussels and Washington on Wednesday to take over Dutch KLM and create the world's highest-flying airline groupby
 arrow US economy poised for strong growth
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan Wednesday said the US economy is poised for strong, lasting growth but policy-makers can be patient about interest-rate rises, though not forever.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Warming up in style
It was time to get the limbs moving as participating countries took the field for practice games around the country yesterday before the business got serious with the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup matches
 arrow Cricket: Streak targets Bangladesh
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has licked his wounds and is already thinking of victory after seven defeats and a 'no result' from a triangular series against Australia and India.
 arrow Cricket: India may delay Pak tour
India's first Test tour of Pakistan in almost 15 years, scheduled to begin next month, is in doubt because the Indian government wants it postponed until after general elections, media reports said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis look backward
Some say a team is only as good as its last performance, but the New Zealand cricketers prefer to think back a year as the best guide to their chances when they play the first of six one-day internationals
 arrow Cricket: Losing comeback
Australia's leading Test wicket-taker Shane Warne took another three wickets but was on the losing side as he completed his comeback cricket match with the Victoria second eleven here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky best Aussie
New Australian Test cricket captain Ricky Ponting won the Allan Border Medal here on Thursday as the country's top international cricketer for the past 12 months.
 arrow Cricket: 'Return of king'
Australia's newspapers hailed Shane Warne's comeback from a 12-month doping ban as the "Return of the King" on Wednesday in a story that dominated the front pages of the national dailies.
 arrow Cricket: St Xavier's clinch Khulna crown
Saint Xavier's School emer-ged Khulna champions of the Standard Chartered Bank National School Cricket Tournament defeating Khulna Zila School by 35 runs in the final at the local Circuit House ground
 arrow Volleyball: Div I v'ball
Three matches were decided in the First Division Volleyball League at Khulna Outer Stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Pierce progresses
Russian second seed Elena Dementieva survived a scare against French wildcard Stephanie Cohen-Aloro before advancing to the quarterfinals of the 585,000-dollar Paris Indoor Open on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick rolls, Dent dented
Former world number one Andy Roddick advanced with ease in a first-round match here Wednesday at a 380,000-dollar ATP event but fellow American Taylor Dent was ousted in the second round.
 arrow Tennis: Rusedski made to wait
Greg Rusedski may have to wait until next week for the outcome of Monday's hearing into his positive drugs test.
 arrow Football: Magura football
Dariapur Juba Sangha and Satyapur Juba Sangha shared points in the Econo First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday after their game ended 1-1.
 arrow Football: A North African affair
Morocco trounced Mali 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium here on Wednesday to set up the first-ever all-north African Nations Cup final clash against hosts Tunisia this weekend.
 arrow Football: MU suffer Boro blow
Middlesbrough rocked Manchester United's Premiership title challenge to its roots as Joseph Desire-Job snatched a 3-2 victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Real survive Sevilla test
Real Madrid conceded a goal after just 40 seconds and survived the sending-off of Zinedine Zidane to hold off Sevilla and reach the Spanish Cup final after a stormy semi-final ended 1-0 here on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Jute export exceeds target
State Minister for Jute Lutfor Rahman Khan yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that Bangladesh exported 25.19 lakh bales of raw jute during last fiscal (2002-2003), which was 148 per cent of export target.
 arrow Bangladesh gets more Ganges waters than its share
Bangladesh has received more Ganges waters from India during the first ten-day circle of this month than its indicative share as per the Ganges Water-Sharing Agreement between the two countries.
 arrow Customs officials seek security, demand arrest of Moktar's killers
Customs officials yesterday demanded immediate action against the assassins of their colleague Moktar Hossain and sought security during their professional duties.
 arrow US ambassador visits UODA
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas (Jr) visited the University of Development Alternative (UODA) at Dhanmondi in the city on February 10, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow When do ministers have to offer resignations?
Political pragmatism and constitutional morality are among the factors that lead to ministerial resignations.
 arrow Where on earth is the Second Front?
There was something missing in the portrait of worthies that graced the front pages of some newspapers this week, a scene of bonhomie among politicians as distinct as Chandra Shekhar, Sharad Pawar, Somnath
 arrow It is remembered only in Bangla
The Bengalis are scattered all over the world.
Plow-men and pen-pushers, they are of various kinds.

Culturearrow Voice of the inner conscience
Bhaswar Banerjee, a leading figure in poetry recitation and dramatics, speaks on his specialised subject and issues regarding the mediums in Bangladesh

A sense of distinctly unperturbed harmony

 arrow Black going Off Beat?
The popular young band Black has taken yet another step towards fame. From the harmonic world of music, they have moved on to the glamorous world of acting.
 arrow Yasmin Kabir's 'A Certain Liberation' adjudged the best documentary film
Bangladeshi film-maker Yasmin Kabir's 'A Certain Liberation' was adjudged the best documentary film/ video in the international category of the eighth Mumbai (Bombay) International Film Festival on Monday
 arrow Book Fair and other cultural events on Ekushey
As part of the month-long Ekushey celebration, people from all walks of life, thronged the venues from the Bangla Academy premises to the Shaheed Minar to enjoy the ongoing book fair, culturalevents
 arrow Mohammad Fokhrul Islam's 9th solo painting exhibition
Acclaimed artist Mohammad Fokhrul Islam's 9th Solo Painting Exhibition, sponsored by the Mercury Limited, is being held from 13 to 28 February at the Habiart Gallery in New Delhi, says a press release.
Generalarrow Restore confidence of people in judiciary
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the confidence of people in the judicial system has to be restored by ensuring justice without unnecessary delay.
 arrow PM for objectivity in journalism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged journalists to perform their professional duties objectively to help the nation march towards progress.
 arrow Book fair draws huge crowd despite hartal
The Amar Ekushey Book Fair drew a huge crowd on the sixth day yesterday despite countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal.
 arrow Shun politics of hartal
BNP Secretary General and LGED and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged main opposition Awami League to shun politics of hartal and join and speak out in the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow New strategy to control iron deficiency developed
A home-based new strategy has been developed to control iron deficiency anemia among the infants and the young children.
 arrow Tk 43.66 lakh Japanese grant for AID-Comilla
Japan will provide about Tk 43.66 lakh to the Association for Integrated Development-Comilla, an NGO, under its Grassroots Grant Assistance Programme.
 arrow ASA receives Tk 20cr from PKSF
As part of a loan agreement worh Tk 100 crore, ASA received Tk 20 crore from the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) as the fourth installment on February 09, says a press release.
 arrow DCC refutes allegation
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday refuted the allegation that it was dismantling billboards in the capital city in violation of court order.
 arrow Block supervisors' confce Mar 13
A day-long conference of block supervisors will be held on March 13 at the premises of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute in Gazipur.
 arrow DU Ka unit admission test today
Admission test for first year honours courses under Ka (Science group) unit of Dhaka University for 2003-04 academic session will be held at 10.00am today.
 arrow Programme to rehabilitate acid victims
The government has taken steps for implementation of the rehabilitation programme for acid-burn women and disabled persons up to the upazila level.
 arrow 1312 more held
Police arrested 1,312 people, including five listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Businessmen's security in dire strait
The desperation of businessmen over the growing risk to their physical safety is making itself felt.
 arrow Editorial: Continuing arson in Natore
The situation in Natore is getting complicated by the day. Now the paramilitary BDR has been deployed in the town after two back-to-back arson attacks.
 arrow Is John Kerry the man to beat Bush?
The big news in US politics over the last month has been the implosion of Howard Dean's candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president and the corresponding ascendance of Massachusetts SenatorJohn
 arrow The collapsible history
Nations have history like people have memory, both being a function of what is remembered. Memories make history like persons make a generation and national history is collective memory stitched on atimeline.
 arrow Nuclear non-proliferation regimen should be even handed
Mr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb has acknowledged that nuclear secrets have been revealed to other countries like Iran, Libya or Syria.
Letters to Editorarrow Say 'no' to hartal
Yesterday we witnessed another hartal. The school-going children missed their schools and many people got an extra day off, all in the name of bringing an end to the deteriorating law and order situation.
 arrow Seats in JS
The four -party alliance has come to the consensus to increase the number of parliamentary seats from 300 to 450 . We need to scrutinise the pros and cons of this decision.
 arrow Mobile business
No doubt Bangladesh is a new and emerging region for mobile business. Many people are still quite fascinated with the idea of being an owner of a mobile phone, without considering the quality of service.
 arrow To the people of America...
Ever since GW Bush became president of the United states through a controversial election, the world has changed. It is now jived with destruction, deaths, horror, tears and anxiety.
 arrow Rickshaws and the middle class
Rickshaw is one of the most common and cheapest means of transportations in Dhaka and all over Bangladesh. The Rickshaws are providing the middle class with almost trouble free short distance travelling.
 arrow Teaching: Dhaka University style
Thanks to Professor Zeba I Seraj (February 10) for noticing my letter. She is right that there are of course dedicated teachers who do their best, but they, I believe, are very few in number.
 arrow Welding shops in Sylhet
A number of welding and engineering workshops have been set up by the main streets of Sylhet city in an unplanned way.
 arrow "Maglev Melodrama: Act II"
I would like to take the opportunity to respond to the letter of Mr SA Mansoor, Gulshan, Dhaka, "Maglev Melodrama: Act II".
 arrow Our expatriate columnists
I read with keen interest and attention the writings of a number of columnists writing from abroad in The Daily Star. Their subject matter is mostly international affairs.
 arrow Ready to miss yet another boat?
I was surprised to read in the online version of ChannelNewsAsia.com (http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific_business/ view/70006/ 1/.
 arrow An appeal to the PM
I am writing this letter to request the prime minister of Bangladesh not to allow construction of a natural gas-pipeline through the country from Arakan to India.
 arrow Crime wave
Crime has become a common phenomenon in our society nowadays. The rate of criminality is increasing drastically and in an alarming way. Each day we see various kinds of reports of crimes in the newspapers.
Microcredit specialarrow Tackling poverty through micro finance
A four-day Asia-Pacific Region Microcredit Summit is going to be held in Dhaka from 16 to 19 February. We print these special articles for information of our esteemed readers on the subject.
 arrow Microcredit: Giving the poor a chance
A four-day Asia-Pacific Region Microcredit Summit is going to be held in Dhaka from 16 to 19 February. We print these special articles for information of our esteemed readers on the subject.
Worldarrow Hamas vows suicide attacks against Israel
Hamas militants yesterday vowed large-scale suicide attacks on Israelis "everywhere" to avenge the killings of 15 Palestinians in the most lethal Israeli military strike into the Gaza Strip since 2002.
 arrow Scientists leaked wide array of N-material
Pakistan has defended the detention of six nuclear scientists and officials and blamed them for leaking a vast array of sensitive items including secret codes to foreign governments.
 arrow WHO quashes fears that bird flu spreading among humans
The World Health Organisation said yesterday that suspicions bird flu had been transmitted among humans in Vietnam were unfounded, easing fears the virus could unleash a global pandemic.
 arrow UN agrees with top cleric on need for polls in Iraq: Envoy
A United Nations envoy said after talks with Iraq's top Shiite cleric yesterday the world body backs his calls for elections but did not go into the timing of such polls.
 arrow US pressures EU over China arms ban
The United States on Wednesday piled more pressure on the European Union over a French-led drive to end the EU embargo on arms sales to China, saying such a move was unwise as tension flared between Beijing
 arrow Bush proposes steps for limiting N-tech transfer
President Bush proposed new steps Wednesday to halt illicit weapons trafficking, warning that black-market dealings by the architect of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme had exposed holes in global
 arrow India develops wheat grass treatment for thalassaemia patients
A medical research institute in India has developed a technique using wheat grass juice to treat patients suffering from the painful blood disease thalassaemia, a doctor said yesterday.
 arrow Sacking of ministers jeopardises Lankan peace bid: PM
The Sri Lankan president's sacking of 39 non-cabinet ministers has seriously jeopardised a Norwegian-backed process to end a decades-long conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels, the prime minister said yesterday.
 arrow S Korea proposes military talks with North
South Korea yesterday proposed holding military talks with North Korea to ease tensions on the peninsula, Seoul's Unification Minister Jeong Se-Hyun said.
 arrow Elusive Cyprus deal sends UN talks into third day
The search for a deal to reunite Cyprus before it joins the European Union on May 1 stretched into a third day yesterday as UN negotiators again came up empty-handed but kept both sides talking.