Volume 4 Number 263 Sat. February 21, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Nation salutes language martyrs
Thousands barefoot and singing paid homage to the Language Movement martyrs of 1952 in Dhaka with the clock striking a minute past midnight to mark a day of supreme sacrifice.
 arrow Thousands cheated with lucrative false jobs in UAE
A London-based recruiting agency has allegedly cheated a huge amount of money from Bangladeshis with lucrative job offers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), prompting the Gulf nation to open a probe.
 arrow Envoys ask AL to return to JS
Despite development community's call to return to parliament keeping aside street agitation, main opposition Awami League was preparing for a showdown with the BNP on February 28 sticking to its 'quit-power'
 arrow Way out of woes
Tears rolling down Ambia's cheeks testified to her resilient struggle that saw her rise out of the depths of despair over the paralysis of her husband, her family's only breadwinner.
 arrow Hosts back in Plate
Bangladesh's dream of playing in the Super League for the first time in their history was dashed after the young Tigers of Richard McInnes lost by 131 runs to India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Fish losing final fight with tannery waste
The last surviving fish in the Buriganga river near Luterchar and Basila Uttarmura are succumbing to the toxic tannery waste because of this year's high tides and low river flow.
 arrow BCL leader, former UP chairman murdered in city
A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), a former union parishad chairman and an alleged criminal were killed in the city yesterday.
 arrow Interested staff get 3pc less than due
A total of 5,690 workers and employees voluntarily retiring from Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) are getting at least three percent less payment than their due.
 arrow Army-police divide dampens Rab mood
The placing of police officers under army officers in the elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has dampened the mood of the law enforcers, policemen said.
 arrow Police do it again
Police barred Awami League (AL) activists and supporters from assembling at the venue of the party's three-day International Mother Language Day celebration programme by blocking the roads to Bangabandhu
 arrow Hundreds in Ctg denied degree exam
Faulty announcement of the rescheduled degree examinations under National University denied several hundred examinees in the city yesterday.
 arrow Vow to keep Ctg port operational during hartal
The ruling BNP high-ups from Chittagong, including ministers, have vowed to ensure at any cost that normal operation of the country's premier port here is not affected by any hartal and strike in future.
 arrow Rickshaw strike on Feb 26
Bangladesh Rickshaw Van Malik Sramik Sangram Parishad, a forum of rickshaw- and rickshaw-van-owners and employees, yesterday declared a dawn-to-dusk strike on February 26 protesting the government's decision
 arrow AL men of Bhola, Barisal under surveillance prior to Hasina's tour
About 200 Awami League (AL) leaders and workers of Barisal and Bhola are reportedly under police surveillance ahead of AL President Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to the districts.
 arrow Book fair wears festive mood on the eve of Ekushey
The Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2004 wore a festive mood yesterday on the eve of Amar Ekushey as a big crowd of booklovers swarmed Bangla Academy premises.
 arrow WB starts field visit to Bangladesh tomorrow
The World Bank (WB) will begin a three-day field visit in Bangladesh tomorrow as part of a global learning process before the conference on poverty alleviation to be held in Shanghai, China next May.
 arrow AL council at Rajshahi foiled
The council of Bagha upazila unit of the Awami League ended in pandemonium yesterday, as two factions clashed, leaving 15 leaders and workers injured.
 arrow Khulna newsman survives attempt on life
Fakirhat Correspondent of Dainik Janmabhumi of Khulna survived an attempt on his life allegedly by outlaws last night but a grocer, Sheikh Belayet Hossain, was killed in the attack.
 arrow NZ immigration minister forced to quit over lies
New Zealand Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel was forced to resign all her portfolios yesterday after lying about the leak of documents related to the deportation of a Sri Lankan teenager.
 arrow Bogra Jubo Dal leader shot dead
A Jubo Dal leader was gunned down by unidentified miscreants in the town last night.
 arrow 30 hurt as police, degree examinees clash in Rangpur
At least 30 people were injured in a clash between police and degree examinees at Haragachh Degree College in Kaunia upazila yesterday.
 arrow A foreign artist joins a child in painting...

Businessarrow Soaring construction material prices take toll on property business
As prices of MS rods and construction materials continue shooting up, people intending to buy apartments are to count Tk 150-300 in excess for per square-foot, industry sources forecast.
 arrow SEC for widening tax gap between listed, non-listed companies
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed for widening the tax gap between listed and non-listed companies by at least 2.5 percent to encourage more companies to get listed with bourses.
 arrow Oil slips after hitting $36
Oil prices edged back yesterday from four-week highs above $36 a barrel, but were supported as a build in US crude stocks did little to ease concerns about supplies, traders said.
 arrow Thailand, Vietnam pledge to flight bird flu together
Under the shadow of their deadly bird flu outbreaks, neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand held their first-ever joint cabinet meeting Friday,

Led by Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and his Thai

 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
February 14-February 19, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was steady against Bangladeshi taka throughout the week.

 arrow Zoellick hopes for framework WTO agreement by end July
US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick said Friday he wanted members of the World Trade Organization to reach a framework agreement on trade liberalization talks by the end of July.
 arrow Farm trade nations to meet in Costa Rica on stalled WTO talks
The 17-nation Cairns Group of agricultural exporters meets in Costa Rica next week to discuss ways to kick-start the stalled Doha round of global trade liberalisation negotiations, Australia said yesterday.
 arrow EU sees chance for farm trade progress
EU Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler Thursday offered a glimmer of hope for stalled farm trade talks and said there was a chance rich and poor countries could strike a framework agreement on agriculture
 arrow Japan, S Korea to hold FTA talks next week
Japan and South Korea will hold their second round of talks for a free trade agreement in Tokyo next week, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Forlorn hosts
A Super League berth remained elusive as ever for Bangladesh when they were thrown out of the main competition of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup by India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: It's Streak's day
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak followed his 10th Test half-century with an early wicket on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies out, SA thru'
Australia's reign as youth kings ended despite a tense two-run victory over Sri Lanka in their final group match of the Fifth ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup champions yesterday.
 arrow Football: Brothers further clear
Leaders Brothers Union ran away with a 4-1 victory over Victoria Sporting Club yesterday, but the Western Union Premier Division Football League match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur was
 arrow Cricket: Pollock almost did it
Scott Styris blitzed 45 off 27 balls and then removed both of South Africa's openers to set up a nail-biting New Zealand victory in their rain-affected third one-day international on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Adam, Ricky prop up Aus
Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting slammed contrasting half-centuries to help Australia post a competitive total in the first one-dayer against Sri Lanka here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: McInnes comes to his senses
Bangladesh U/19 coach Richard McInnes found himself at the centre of a media outrage after the loss against India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 18,000 tickets sold in Khulna!
A total of 18,000 tickets were sold for the 16,000-capacity Birshreshtha Shaheed Matiur Rahman Stadium before yesterday's ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: AK High, R'ullah reach last four
Captains stole the show as AK High and Rahmatullah Model High romped into the Dhaka Zone semifinals of the Standard Chartered 22nd National School Cricket Champion-ship with facile wins in the quarterfinals
 arrow Football: Big three inaction today
While Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra will be trying to return to winning ways to keep their hopes alive, revenge will be on Mohamme-dan Sporting Club's mind when the two giants meet in their returnmatch
 arrow Football: Borja gets his chance
Borja Fernandez is not a name that comes to mind as quickly as Ronaldo or Raul when the Real Madrid squad is mentioned but he will have a vital role to play when the league leaders face Espanyol on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Crunch time for Chelsea
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has warned his side that they must overcome their Arsenal jinx on Saturday or forget about winning the Premiership title.
Metropolitanarrow Economy can't afford hartal: US Senator
Visiting US Senator Richard J Durbin has found that the best thing for Bangladesh would be no more strike (hartal).
 arrow Two killed in road accident
Two members of a family were killed and two others injured in a road accident on Airport Road yesterday.
 arrow Liberal panel wins JU VC polls
The liberal pro-BNP panel won the VC panel election of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Thursday.

Prof Mustahidur Rahman of economics department, who led the panel, bagged the highest 47 votes.

 arrow Photo exhibition on British Muslims' life
A photographic exhibition titled 'Common ground -- aspects of contemporary British Muslim experience' begins at the gallery of Shilpakala Academy tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Multimedia version of Banglapaedia launched
The CD-ROM of Banglapaedia, the national encyclopaedia of Bangladesh in English, has been launched yesterday, says a press release.

President of the Asiatic Society Prof.

 arrow Teenager raped in city
A teenager was raped at Basila in Mohammadpur on Thursday.
 arrow Peacekeeping seminar begins tomorrow
A five-day peacekeeping seminar and planning exercise titled 'Exercise Blue Tiger' will begins in the city tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Tanguar Haor to be leased for plunder again
A letter from the Ministry of Environment and Forest to the Sunamganj district administration to lease the Tanguar Haor in a short time has surprised officials there and created a commotion among stakeholders
 arrow 'Help boost Bangla-UK ties'
Mayor of Tower Hamlets Borough Council of London Abdul Aziz Sarder has said links between Sylhet City Corporation and the Council and their peoples would be strengthened.
 arrow BNP MP, 23 party men sued by AL
A case has been lodged against BNP lawmaker from Syedpur Amzad Hossen Sarkar and 23 party men accusing them for ransacking the business office of local Awami League leader Obaidur Rahman on February 13
 arrow Environmental project opens in Bashkhali
A Tk 5.29 cr project for preservation of environment and bio-diversity opened in Banshkhali upazila on Thursday.
 arrow 'Jamaat stand is against women's freedom'
Several hundred female students from Assassuni and Kaligonj upazilas brought out a procession at Satkhira town on Thursday protesting cancellation of women's volley ball competitions at the two upazilas
 arrow 'Enact tougher law to stop woman trafficking'
Speakers at a workshop here on Thursday called for enactment of stringent laws to check trafficking of women and children from Bangladesh.
 arrow 11 convicted in kidnap, murder case
Eleven persons were sentenced to 62 years' imprisonment on Wednesday in a kidnap and murder case.
 arrow Daulatkhan Municipal Commissioner arrested
A ward commissioner of Daulatkhan municipality in Bhola was arrested on charge of attempting to rape a woman on Monday.

The ward commissioner is Sohel Hossain Monu,38.

 arrow JU Economics Deptt students' reunion Feb 27
The reunion of former and present students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) Economics Department will be held on the campus on February 27.
 arrow RU Teachers' Day observed
Teachers Day marking the 35th martyrdom of Dr Shamsuzzoha was observed in Rajshahi University (RU) on Wednesday.
 arrow Dry fish trading Centre faces closure
A traditional centre for dry fish business at Neamatpur in Syedpur is facing closure due to alleged discriminatory policy of the government.
 arrow 20 hurt as BNP rivals clash
At least 20 people were injured, six of them seriously, in BNP rivals' clash at Goalpara village in Sreepur upazila on Thursday.
 arrow No cheating in exam, teachers, officials vow
Teachers and officials of the district administration and the education department at a meeting here have vowed not to allow cheating in the forthcoming SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examinationin
Point-Counterpointarrow Celebrations are in order but society is disintegrating
As time ticks by, 21st February returns again -- in 2004 as it does every year. For the people of Bangladesh, the date was like any other before 21 February 1952.
 arrow Bangla -- a legacy of the Muslim era
Language was the immediate gift of God" -- that is what Webster claimed, and Bangla, the blood of our blood and the bone of our bone, is no ordinary language.
 arrow Ekushey is about ultimate sacrifice for great cause
Colonial powers left a legacy of gerrymandering land in their possession to suit various interests.
 arrow Twenty-first February speaks for all languages
The May Day
Does not speak for Chicago city alone.
It does not speak for the workers of Chicago alone.
It does not speak for the workers of the world alone.
It speaks for all mankind.

Culturearrow Timeless tears
As blood oozed from the bodies of Rafique, Jabbar, Barkat, Salaam and countless others, the Language Movement activists witnessed the brutality on their fellow brothers on the 21 st of February 1952.
 arrow The people's singer
Bangladesh is a nation that has emerged out of a series of struggles and movements against the tyranny and oppression of its rulers at different times.
 arrow 'Patha Natok' on Ekushey
To create awareness among the audience through some explicit message, patha natok is being practised in Bangladesh as well as the other parts of the world for many years.
Generalarrow First Bangladeshi team to go on Everest expedition in May
It's not a big deal nowadays to reach the peak of Mount Everest, the highest summit in the world. But no Bangladeshi has ever been there. Now a group of Bangladeshi trekkers are dreaming of Everest expedition.
 arrow 50,000 die from injuries a year
About 50,000 people die every year from injuries, a leading cause of death and disability in the country, says a Unicef press release.
 arrow Bus helper dies in road accident
A bus helper was crushed to death under the wheel of his vehicle at Kamalapur in the city on Thursday.
 arrow Condition of Ahsan Ullah improves
The condition of Ahsan Ullah Master MP, who was injured in police action during February 12 hartal, has improved following a second operation on his head on Tuesday.
Internationalarrow Iranians divided over polls participation
Boycotts and snowsports competed yesterday with civic pride as Iranians were split over taking part in controversial parliamentary elections that have left pro-democracy supporters disenchanted and apathetic.
 arrow US troops to remain in Iraq for years
American officials say US forces will be needed in Iraq long after a sovereign government is restored this summer, but they have yet to work out the terms of a continued presence.
 arrow Taliban warns of wave of attacks
The remnants of the Taliban, forced out of power in Afghanistan in 2001, will stage a new wave of attacks against US-led coalition forces in the south and southeast of the country this Spring, a man claiming
 arrow 'Pak scientist sold nuke centrifuge parts to Iran'
The former head of Pakistan's nuclear programme Abdul Qadeer Khan sent enriched uranium to Libya in 2001 and sold nuclear centrifuge parts to Iran in the mid-1990s, Malaysian police said yesterday.
 arrow Indian air force MiG-21 ploughs into village: 4 killed
Four people were killed and 15 injured when an Indian airforce MiG-21 fighter jet ploughed into a village and set ablaze several houses in the western Indian state of Gujarat yesterday, police said.
 arrow Thailand finds deadly bird flu in cat family
The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been detected in a leopard, a tiger and two domestic cats in Thailand, experts said yesterday as the government prepared to announce more outbreaks of the virus.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Amar Ekushey
Ekushey defines the one shining moment in our history when the nation stood firm in the face of an aggression by the colonial rulers against its most prized possession -- language.
 arrow Editorial: Toxic leak in Anwara
It is gratifying to note that the authorities are taking swift action with respect to the toxic leak from a fertiliser factory that poisoned a canal and killed nearly 100 head of cattle earlier this week
 arrow The ethos of Ekushey February
At 3.10 pm on 21 February, 1952, the streets near the Medical College Barracks in Dhaka were drenched with the blood of students protesting arbitrary imposition of what was unjust and wrong.
 arrow The ghost of David Kelley continues to haunt
The haunting started, as readers are undoubtedly aware, with the apparent suicide of the British Ministry of Defence scientist who was the principal source of information for BBC Radio 4 reporter Andrew
Letters to Editorarrow Law to muffle noise soon
"Ban on hydraulic horns, bar on loud speakers likely."

The above was a headline in the front page of The Daily Star dated February 16, 2004. This is a wonderful news.

 arrow Maglev melodrama II
Last year I saw a number of letters in the DS pointing demerits of Maglev train; I thought it delivered the message to its promoters.
 arrow Textbook delay of the Open University
I am a student of Bangladesh Open University's (BOU) HSC programme.
Literaturearrow Recess
CYRIL Toppo always ran away. He usually managed to pre-empt the recess-bell by clutching his crotch and doing a little jig until a Mrs. Mascarenhas or Miss Robinson relented and let him off.
 arrow Literary Life in Dhaka: of an anti boi mela and Auden
Like a kaal boishakhi, like Delhi belly, like paddy fields after a sudden song of trees along a winding road, the urge for secondhand bookshops comes on unexpectedly.