Volume 4 Number 256 Sat. February 14, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Toll-takers thrive on failed policing
Law enforcers' apparent failure to effectively combat crimes and check the downslide in law and order has emboldened extortionists to add a new dimension to their criminal acts -- killing or abducting
 arrow AL talks polls platform with two parties
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday held dialogues with the Gano Forum (GF) and leftist Samyabadi Dal (SD) to forge a broad unity to force the coalition out of office to save Bangladesh from
 arrow Off to spring celebrations
It was a day off for many urban workaholics.
 arrow Weaving together life's strands
Monzu, a working mother from Bishnupur in Tangail was abandoned penniless with two children when her husband went abroad.
 arrow Bhuiyan rules out snap polls
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday ruled out the government's resignation to pave way for snap elections as demanded by the main opposition Awami League (AL) and said the current political
 arrow AL hartal today, pickets burn buses, cabs
Pickets set fire to at least three passenger buses and two taxicabs at different places of the capital last night as Awami League (AL) enforces daylong countrywide hartal today.
 arrow Saber might be sent abroad for treatment
Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury who was seriously injured in police beating during Thursday's dawn-to-dusk hartal, might have to be taken abroad for treatment, family sources
 arrow Saarc meet on bird flu in Delhi Monday
India yesterday called an emergency meeting of seven South Asian countries to discuss urgent measures to combat Asia's bird flu epidemic, the foreign ministry here said.
 arrow Queen Sofia arrives today
Queen Sofia of Spain arrives in Dhaka today on a four-day visit to attend the Asia Pacific Regional Summit on Microcredit beginning here on February 16.
 arrow Visitors rush in on Pahela Phalgoon, Valentine's Day eve
The Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2004 drew a big crowd of book enthusiasts yesterday, the first day of the Bangla month of Phalgoon (Spring), also the first weekend following the fair's formal opening
 arrow Grabbers stand in way of slum dwellers' rehab
The slum land in Bhasantek was acquired around a decade ago to rehabilitate slum-dwellers, but the plan never gained ground due to legal tangles blocking eviction of encroachers.
 arrow DU Millennium Convention
The Dhaka University Millennium Convention, organised by the DU Alumni Association, yesterday turned out as a great reunion of former students, who got a rare moment to reflect on their student years.
 arrow WMD would never be found in Iraq
A classified US intelligence study done three months before the invasion of Iraq predicted that weapons of mass destruction might never be found there, the USA Today newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow Road accidents kill 12 in N'ganj, Feni
Twelve people were killed and 34 others injured in road accidents in Narayanganj and Feni yesterday.

Seven were killed in Narayanganj while the rest in Feni.

 arrow 'Healthcare system hardly benefits the vulnerable'
Speakers at a roundtable in the city yesterday called for building a citizen's movement to press the government so that improved healthcare services for all is ensured.
 arrow Nipah-like virus claims 14 in Bangladesh, says WHO
Fourteen people have died in Bangladesh from an outbreak of a viral infection which resembles the deadly Nipah virus, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.
 arrow Gaibandha men didn't threaten Indian consulate, local police say
Police investigations found two residents of Gaibandha, named as signatories to a recent letter to the Indian High Commission office in Rajshahi threatening bomb attack, not involved with the act.
 arrow Maid found dead
The body of a 19-year-old maidservant was found hanging at her employer's house in the city's Motijheel area yesterday.
 arrow Away from prying parental eyes
Young lovers around the world struggle to escape the watchful eye of their parents, but in countries such as Bangladesh the quest to find that perfect Valentine hideaway is even more difficult.
 arrow US State Deppt official due today
US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Michele Sison arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day official visit.
 arrow BSF abducts 2 Bangladeshi fishermen
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted two Bangladeshi fishermen from Betna border under Haripur upazila of Thakurgaon district on Thursday, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Prothom Alo's DU reporter assaulted by JCD workers
Workers of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of BNP, beat up the Dhaka University (DU) correspondent of Daily Prothom Alo Thursday night at Jagannath Hall allegedly for making slanderous
 arrow US envoy's Barisal visit cancelled
Despite strict security measures taken by the administration and exemption of Barisal from hartal by the Awami League (AL), today's visit of US Ambassador Harry K Thomas to Barisal has been cancelled.
Businessarrow Int'l apparel, knitting machinery fair kicks off
An international apparel and knitting machinery fair began in Dhaka yesterday with a call to increase productivity and competitiveness through adoption of modern technology to face the post-quota erachallenges.
 arrow Ensure trade union rights in EPZs, garment industry
Garment workers yesterday iterated their demand to ensure trade union rights in the export processing zones (EPZs) and garment industry.
 arrow Positive mindset needed to boost Bangladesh economy
Positive mindset towards development is needed to boost economy in Bangladesh, said a world business leader yesterday.
 arrow Two years track record of telecoms regulator
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) celebrated its second birthday on January 30. But this very first utility regulator is yet to protect any public interest in terms of telecoms.
 arrow EU to help revive trade talks at Africa meet
Europe's trade chief will try to help revive stalled global trade talks in Africa next week, officials said yesterday as Brussels backed a plan to help nations dependent on cotton and other commodities.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
ruary 07-February 12, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was steady against Bangladeshi taka throughout the week. There was no major movement in the market.

 arrow 2004 deadline to conclude WTO talks to be missed
A year-end deadline to wrap up vital global trade negotations will most likely not be met, Singapore Trade Minister George Yeo said Friday amid frantic US-led efforts to revive the stalled talks.
 arrow EU unveils plan to boost exports from developing nations
The European Union's executive commission unveiled a plan Thursday to help developing countries dependent on exports of commodities such as cotton or coffee to boost earnings and protect themselves against
Sportsarrow Cricket: Fawad star of the day
The Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team ended their final warm-up match yesterday to complete five victories out of five but the brittle top order left coach Richard McInnes with some worries ahead of the
 arrow Football: Shantoo not amused
Coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo faced an awkward 'club versus country' situation when he started the Bangladesh U-23 team's training camp yesterday at the Bangla-desh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) for
 arrow Cricket: Come on India
Former Pakistani cricket greats and fans alike called on the Indian government and cricketers not to postpone or curtail their historic tour of Pakistan next month, for which they have waited for so long.
 arrow Cricket: BD-Zim A 3-dayer from today
The touring Bangladesh cricket team take on Zimbabwe A in their only three-day practice encounter in Harare today ahead of the first Test against the home side starting on February 19.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf Internation-al School earned a ma-ssive 157-run victory over Paramount Kindergarten in one of the three Dhaka zone qualifying matches of the Standard Chartered 22nd National School Championship
 arrow Cricket: Mani impressed by Ctg stadia
International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani believed that Bangladesh cricket would enjoy success at the highest level in a short period of time.
 arrow Golf: Yoon, Matiur clinch crowns
KJ Yoon and Fatima Matiur emerged men's and ladies' champions of the Lancer Cup Golf Tournament that ended at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dippenaar drives SA
Boeta Dippenaar's unbeaten 44 steered South Africa to a five-wicket win with two balls to spare in the first one-day international against New Zealand on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Pragoti lift title
Pragoti Cricket Club won the Shaheed Captain Bashar Memorial Cricket League defeating Eleven Star CC by 134 runs at the Nilphamari High School ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting's men leave for Lanka
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said his team was capable of conquering the challenges of playing in the Indian sub-continent as the world champions left for a tour of Sri Lanka.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters back on track
Top seed Kim Clijsters got back to winning ways after the fourth Grand Slam final loss of her career at the Australian Open by racing into the quarter-finals of the 585,000-dollar Paris Indoor Open Thursday.
 arrow Football: Who'll rule Africa?
Roger Lemerre hopes to complete a remarkable personal journey on Saturday by erasing his World Cup misery with France in 2002 thanks to a resounding triumph with Tunisia at the 2004 African Nations Cup.
 arrow Football: Valencia at 100% Real
The top-of-the-table clash between Real Madrid and Valencia on Sunday is theoretically only worth three points but the outcome could have a profound effect on the direction of the Spanish championship.
 arrow Football: Made in Manchester
Playing Manchester United in an FA Cup tie at Old Trafford is hard enough; doing so without your best striker is an almost insurmountable handicap.
 arrow Football: The other Hadji
Youssef Hadji has for years lived in the shadow of his older brother Mustapha, the Aston Villa player whose exploits for Morocco in the 1998 World Cup made him a household name back home.
 arrow Football: Zaragoza in final
Spain's Cup final on March 17 will be a royal affair after Real Zaragoza edged out second division Alaves on Thursday to book a date with Real Madrid.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka, Islamabad agree greater cooperation in tourism sector
Bangladesh and Pakistan have agreed to forge greater cooperation in the field of tourism.
 arrow JU Ekushey programme begins today
A 14-day Amar Ekushey programme, organised by the Teachers Students Centre (TSC) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) begins today.
Nationalarrow APP appears for accused, seizure list of arms case missing from Satkhira court
A seizure list is missing from the case docket (file) of an under-trial arms case, an incident that has created a sensation in the court area and in the district administration.
 arrow 20,000 vessels ply without registration, fitness certificate
At least 7,453 people were killed and over 19,561 injured in road-waterway accidents in the country in the last three years.
 arrow 6 killed, 20 abducted in CHT in 40 days
Clashes between supporters of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace agreement backed by PCJSS and opponents led by UPDF left 6 people killed and 20 abducted since the beginning of the year, according topolice
 arrow Fertiliser prices high in Nilphamari
Fertilisers are being sold in markets in the district at prices Tk 50 to 100 more than the government-fixed prices, allegedly due to evil practices by a section of dishonest traders.
 arrow Six PWs crossexamined in Sergeant Arif murder case
The trial of Khulna Metropolitan Police Traffic Sergeant Arif Hossain murder case began on Monday.
 arrow BCL leader arrested in Bagerhat while collecting toll
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader was arrested by Kachua police in Bagerhat district while collecting illegal toll from a businessman named Nirmol Kumar Nandy from Badhal bazaar on Wednesday.
 arrow Parabat stoppage at B'baria from Monday
The inter-city Parabat Express running between Dhaka and Sylhet will have stoppage at Brahmanbaria station from Monday.
 arrow Three women held for possessing Phensidyl
Three women including a mother and her daughter were arrested and recovered 83 bottles of Phensidyl from them in separate drives in the town in two days.
 arrow Magura Jubo Dal biennial council held
The joint biennial council of Magura Sadar thana and pourasava units of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal was held at Asaduzzaman Auditorium here on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Managing cost effective micro finance operations
A four-day Asia-Pacific Region Microcredit Summit is going to be held in Dhaka from 16 to 19 February. We print the following article for information of our esteemed readers on the subject.
 arrow Another WSF is over...Can we make it relevant to Bangladesh?
An army of people from over a hundred countries gathered in a dusty, run-down industrial area in northern Mumbai. They say up to 150,000 turned up for WSF4 (fourth in the series).
 arrow Valentine's Day
Once upon a time...in ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the goddess of women and marriage.
Culturearrow NSU enclosed acoustic session: Taar Chhera Bhalobasha
The place leisurely but ultimately filled up just in time for the acoustic session.
 arrow Shoma Mumtaz: Committed to her own style of Bharatnatyam
I believe, I started dancing in my mother's womb because she used to dance while she was carrying me,' started dancer Shoma Mumtaz amusingly.
 arrow Drama celebrating Valentine's Day
Ntv will air a comedy drama Morichika by Kamrul Hasan on the occasion of the Valentine's Day at 9:10pm today.
Generalarrow BNP office, MP's residence vandalised at Sreepur
Political rivals attacked a local office of ruling BNP at Mawna in Sreepur Upazila on Thursday night, injuring six people, including organising secretary of Sripur Upazila BNP.
 arrow Hospital staff stabbed, robbed of Tk 5,000
Muggers stabbed a staff of Pabna Mental Hospital and robbed him of Tk 5,000 in the city's Gulistan area yesterday.
 arrow Exams postponed
Degree examinations (pass course) under the National University (NU), scheduled for today, have been postponed owing to the AL-called hartal.

Fresh date will be announced later, varsity sources said.

 arrow Outlaw lynched in Khulna
An alleged outlaw, identified as Bellal Hossain, 26, was lynched here yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 16th Rover Moot begins
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said scouts can play an important role in nation building activities.
 arrow Padatik Natya Sangsad programmes
The Padatik Natya Sangsad will hold daylong programmes at the Zainul Mancha at the Fine Arts Institute on February 21 to mark the Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day.
 arrow Sight Savers chief arrives today
Sir John Coles, chairperson of the Sight Savers International (SSI), UK arrives in Dhaka today on an official visit, says a press release.
 arrow Keraniganj AL protests police action on Saber
Keraniganj Thana Awami League staged a demonstration in front of the party office at Zinjira on Thursday to protest the police action in which Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to the Leader
 arrow Ahsan Habib made additional secy gen of JP
Joint secretary general of Jatiya Party (Ershad) Ahsan Habib Lincoln has been made additional secretary general, replacing Anwar Hossain who became vice-chairman of the party.
 arrow Over 1,300 held
Police arrested a total of 1,338 people, including one listed criminal, during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Iraqis want to scrap US power transfer plan
A consensus is building among Iraqi leaders to scrap a US formula for choosing a new government and instead to hold elections later this year, several Iraqi officials and Governing Council members said
 arrow US to press Sharon on pullout plan, barrier
Washington is sending envoys to Israel next week for talks seen as crucial to a US decision on whether to back Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral plan to remove Gaza settlements, diplomatic sources
 arrow Maoists eye victory in fight to install republic in Nepal
Nepal's Maoist rebels said on the eighth anniversary yesterday of the launch of their war to overthrow the constitutional monarchy that they were close to victory.
 arrow Pak nuke secret was up for sale for all: UK
An alarmed British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has expressed the view that Dr AQ Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, could have been bought off by anybody, given the preliminary results of the
 arrow 'India is at heart of multipolar world'
India is at the heart of the multipolar world and France supports its bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, visiting French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said here yesterday.
 arrow Senate panel expands Iraq WMD probe
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday decided to expand its investigation into prewar intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to determine whether statements made by US officials had
Editorialarrow Editorial: Intolerance gripping our politics
The government's total failure to contain criminals and all sorts of anti-social elements had already made our life intolerable. And now the opposition's hartal spree is making it almost impossible.
 arrow Regional partnership in water resources management
Efficient and equitable water resources management and provision of safe water supply and sanitation are essential for poverty reduction, ecosystem protection and sustainable growth.
 arrow Coming to terms with prospect of demise
Stewart Alsop was the younger of two siblings, both of whom achieved eminence as journalists.
Letters to Editorarrow Do we have a future?
I love my country and believe that we have prospects to become self-sufficient. Life is composed of problems and struggle to solve the problems. So, the national life cannot be an exception.
 arrow What's going on?
After the Eid-ul-Ajha vacation we met at Dhaka College campus. We were gossiping. Then suddenly a boy, came running to us, saying that there was a dead body hanging on the wall beside the college canteen.
 arrow Effective zakaat system
The present law and order situation of Bangladesh is very grave. During Eid-ul-Azha we have noticed that a number of businessmen were kidnapped and shops were looted.
 arrow Advice to our satellite channels
It has really been a great success that we have already three satellite channels in the country.
Literaturearrow Conjugal Life
"Come on Rita, tell me how it feels when Asif kisses you. I swear I won't tell anybody. I won't even a make a big deal out of it, Rita, I have come to accept the affair.
 arrow Travel Writing
Travellers have always wanted to tell others at home about what they saw on their travels; and, right from the old travellers' tales of centuries ago, to contemporary reports of "embedded journalists",
 arrow The Middle Class
Sometimes it seemed to me
There was no point in dying
Bit by bit.