Volume 4 Number 264 Mon. February 23, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow JS body finds fund diversion, inaction
A parliamentary body yesterday flayed the communications ministry for failing to begin road maintenance work despite allocation of a huge fund under the annual uplift plan and for diverting part of the
 arrow SOE sell-off through ministries illegal
The Privatisation Commission (PC) has requested the prime minister to cancel a cabinet committee decision to privatise majority of the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) through various ministries because
 arrow Sirajganj bomb blast hurts 7, two bombs retrieved in M'singh
A powerful bomb blast wounded seven people during an Amar Ekushey exhibition at Damdama Bazaar, Ullapara in Sirajganj while police recovered two bombs from near the Shaheed Minar at Phulbaria Degree College
 arrow Leisure Rush

 arrow Three killed over booty share
Three men involved in the February 5 looting of 53 kg of gold from two jewellery shops at Karnaphuli Garden City in Dhaka were gunned down Friday night over the share of booty, officials investigating
 arrow HR state key to German support
A visiting German parliamentary delegation yesterday underscored upholding human rights as a precondition for greater economic and technical support for Bangladesh.
 arrow 'My sorrows all for you'
Seventeen days into his abduction, a resort hotel director wrote an emotive letter to his son back home on Thursday, moving his family in Bandarban to tears and renewing doubts about law-enforcement agencies'
 arrow Hasina rules out JS return chance
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday dismissed the possibility of returning to parliament under the present situation and blamed the ruling coalition for vitiating the atmosphere in House.
 arrow 372 Rajuk staff axed, same fate awaits 41 more
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday fired 372 of its staffers who were appointed during the last Awami League (AL) regime.
 arrow WB team talks BDF agenda with Saifur
Two World Bank (WB) vice-presidents yesterday discussed the deteriorating law and order, governance, aid utilisation and other issues with the finance minister as a preparation for the upcoming Bangladesh
 arrow Bangladeshi flag carriers face confiscation in EU
Authorities in Amsterdam have reminded Bangladesh to immediately comply with a Dutch court verdict to avoid possible confiscation of Bangladeshi flag carriers in European Union (EU) countries.
 arrow Govt's case withdrawal power may be amended
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday billed the passage of the Anti-corruption Commission Act as a landmark decision and a significant step towards eliminating corruption.
 arrow Khaleda seeks multilateral aid in power sector
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought multilateral support for the country's old power plants to improve generation and supply of electricity.
 arrow Toll-takers gun down trader in Kushtia
Extortionists yesterday shot dead a businessman as he failed to pay them toll at Karipol village in Mirpur upazila.
 arrow India's run ends
South African brought a high-flying India down to the earth as the second phase of the 5th ICC U-19 World Cup resumed yesterday after a days break.
 arrow Tk 8 lakh looted from JB in Rajshahi
Miscreants looted Tk 8 lakh from the cash counter of the Janata Bank's Corporate Branch at Shaheb Bazar in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow JS body finds wrong with job re-tender plan
A parliamentary sub-committee, formed to probe a decision for re-tender of rehabilitation of a key irrigation project pumps by an inter-ministerial committee, found the process faulty.
 arrow Blair seeks re-election
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a Sunday newspaper interview, said that despite the "lumps" of his job, he fully intends to seek re-election for a third term in Downing Street.
 arrow 7 dead, scores hurt in Jerusalem blast
A Palestinian suicide bomber killed seven people on a crowded Jerusalem bus yesterday on the eve of World Court hearings into a controversial barrier Israel says will ensure its security against suchattacks.
 arrow Saddam gives Red Cross a letter to family
Captured former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein wrote a letter to his family for the international Red Cross to deliver, officials said yesterday.
 arrow M-16 , bullets found in Bandarban
Armed forces personnel yesterday recovered an M-16 rifle with 6 bullets and a magazine at Naikhongchhari in Bandarban.
 arrow AC Akram flouts court order on surrender
Ex-assistant commissioner (AC) of Police Mohammad Akram Hossain has flouted a Supreme Court (SC) order to surrender before the court.
 arrow Speaker bans demos in JS precincts
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday banned demonstration and procession at the chambers, lobbies and galleries of the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow A sea of wreaths bedecks...

 arrow Police raid JP-E leader's Khulna house
Khulna police yesterday raided the residence of Khulna city president of Jatiya Party (Ershad).
 arrow SI injured in clash with robbers
An encounter between police and robbers left a sub-inspector (SI) and a robber injured at Rekhamari shrimp enclosure in Dakop Saturday night.
 arrow Youth killed at Kafrul, 'criminal' dies at DMCH
Assailants gunned down a youth in Kafrul Saturday, while a Sutrapur criminal suffering bullet injuries Tuesday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Rebels kills over 170 in Uganda
Suspected rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army have massacred civilians at a refugee camp in northern Uganda, military and church sources said yesterday, with one missionary putting the death toll atmore
 arrow Tangail MP mugged
Muggers snatched cash and valuables reportedly worth Tk 1,200 from an Awami League lawmaker yesterday near Shantinagar crossing in Motijheel.
 arrow Fraud case filed against local agent
The Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) on Saturday lodged a fraud case against the local agent of saturnjobs.
Businessarrow Bepza takes over Ctg steel mills
Chittagong Steel Mills Limited was formally handed over to the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) yesterday for developing its 74-acre area into an export processing zone at the earliest.
 arrow BATB ups cigarette prices
Prices of different brands of cigarette, produced by British American Tobacco, Bangladesh (BATB), have risen sharply across the country since Friday evening.
 arrow India to export petrol, jet fuel to Bangladesh
The state-owned Indian Petroleum Corporation (IOC) has finalised a contract for exporting 240,000 tons of petrol and jet fuel to Bangladesh.
 arrow Int'l trade fairs seen to help diversify exports
In a bid to promote Bangladeshi products abroad more entrepreneurs should participate in international trade fairs as expositions serve as a tool for export diversification programme, said officials of
 arrow No-frills bring flying thrills to Asia's masses
As the white and red AirAsia plane, a Boeing 737-300, prepared to land at Singapore's Changi Airport on its maiden flight last week, chief executive Tony Fernandes walked into the cockpit to view hislatest
 arrow US businesses in Vietnam cries foul over shrimp dumping case
A ruling by a US trade panel that Vietnam is dumping shrimp on the American market has triggered predictable outrage from Hanoi but also cries of protectionism from the US business community in the communist
 arrow CEMS machinery exposition begins in Dhaka today
A three-day machinery exposition begins today in Dhaka to showcase latest technologies in machinery from more than 12 countries.
 arrow JS body formed for reopening Ctg Chemical Complex
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industries formed a sub-committee to formulate specific proposal for reopening Chittagong Chemical Complex as a profitable concern.
 arrow StanChart pre-tax profit rises 22pc in 2003
The pre-tax profit of Standard Chartered PLC rose 22 percent in 2003.
 arrow FBCCI team flies for Tokyo to attend meet
A 42-member businessmen delegation led by FBCCI President Abdul Awal Mintoo left Dhaka yesterday to attend the two-day joint commercial and economic cooperation meeting in Tokyo beginning tomorrow.
 arrow Pepsi official drink of Fantasy Kingdom for 2nd year
Beverage Distribution Ltd, marketing company of soft drink Pepsi in Bangladesh, has been appointed the official drink of Fantasy Kingdom, a theme park constructed by Concord Entertainment Co Ltd, forthe
 arrow BB T-bill auction
The 8th auction of the 28-day, 91-day, 182-day, 364-day, 2-year and 5-year treasury bills was held here yesterday.

A total of Tk 410.30 crore, Tk 35.00 crore, Tk 35.00 crore, Tk 44.60 crore, Tk 16.

 arrow Bush notifies Congress of new Central American FTA
President George W.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Joyless Asian day
India's unbeaten streak in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup came to dramatic end at the hands of South Africa in one of the two Super League matches yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Blighted by Blignaut
A devastating hattrick by Zimbabwe bowler Andy Blignaut put Bangladesh on the brink of defeat on the fourth day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
 arrow Football: MSC hammer-blow for Reds
Muktijoddha Sangsad suffered a catastrophic bump in their bid to keep pressure on runaway leaders Brothers Union when defending champions Moha-mmedan Sporting Club blanked them 2-0 in one of the two return
 arrow Cricket: Ctg carry on, Dhaka falter
Leaders Chittagong recorded their seventh victory in the limited-overs competition of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League when they thumped Sylhet by eight wickets at the ComillaStadium
 arrow Cricket: PCB hopes peace will come
The revival of cricket between Pakistan and India next month would play a vital role in normalising relations between the neighbours, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Rameez Raja said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas pulls Lanka level
Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling one-run victory over world champions Australia in the second one-day international on Sunday after Chaminda Vaas kept his nerve in the final over.
 arrow Cricket: 'Karachi let down'
Former players and cricket officials from Karachi Sunday voiced disappointment that the port city has been ignored in the next month's historic cricket series with India and vowed to lodge a protest over
 arrow Cricket: Andy scripts Zim history
Andy Blignaut claimed Zimbabwe's first hattrick in Test history to put the home side on track for victory in the opening Test against Bangladesh on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Willes meet AK High in final
Willes Little Flower School and AK High School moved into the Dhaka Zone final of the Standard Chartered 22nd National Schools Cricket Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi recalled for India ODIs
Pakistan Saturday recalled popular all rounder Shahid Afridi in the preliminary squad for next month's one-day series against India, chief selector Wasim Bari said.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket from today
The Under-13 Cricket League sponsored by The Oriental Bank Ltd begins today at the Khulna Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Sewta Uday Sena reached the final of the Language Martyr Rafique Memorial Cricket Tournament defeating Jovat Sangha by 74 runs at the Shaheed Miraj-Topon Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow Football: Nejmah come here today
Lebanon league runners-up Nejmah Club arrive today to play their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup away match against Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra.
 arrow Football: Everything goes Real's way
Real Madrid enjoyed themselves at the expense of relegation-threatened Espanyol with an emphatic 4-2 victory which consolidated their position as league leaders on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Comeback Kings Milan
League leaders AC Milan fought back from being two goals down at half-time to defeat local rivals Inter Milan 3-2 on Saturday and keep their title challenge firmly on track.
 arrow Football: Gunners look unstoppable
Arsenal crushed Chelsea's lingering title hopes and opened up a potentially decisive lead over Manchester United on Saturday on a day of high drama in the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Squeaky Bayern win
A morale-boosting win would have sent Bayern Munich into Tuesday's Champions League clash with Real Madrid on a high, but instead the German champions needed a late goal from Argentine defender Martin
 arrow Football: A Kenyan light
English football legend Sir Bobby Charlton Friday praised Kenya's Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) for promoting the sport and improving the lives of the youth in one of country's largest slums.
Metropolitanarrow 'Titas' 470th UZ
The government yesterday decided to establish a new upazila styled 'Titas' by cropping nine unions of Daudkandi in Comilla district and took a number of other measures under administrative reform agenda.
 arrow Govt now an "inanimate object": AL
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has become an "inanimate object" due to "its corruption and indecision.
 arrow Housewife commits suicide
A housewife allegedly committed suicide at Nayatola in Ramna in the city yesterday.

The victim was identified as Shefali Begum, 28.

Nationalarrow Plunder of reserve forest
Unbelievable though, there are 35 unauthorised sawmills in preserve forest areas in Mymensingh and Tangail districts.

Law prohibits setting up of sawmill within ten kilometres of reserve forest area.

 arrow Outlaw Tushar confesses to 17 murders
Notorious outlaw Abdul Gaffar alias Tushar, now in custody, has confessed to his involvement in 17 murders including those of Awami League leader Monjurul Imam, advocate Bijon Behari Mondol, journalist
 arrow Police apathy in raid on criminals' hideout
Alleged outlaw Ali Akbar, 28, arrested by joint forces from Ramnagar village under Rupsha thana recently, is being quizzed under remand in connection with journalist Manik Saha murder case.
 arrow Second inter-city train between N-districts, Dhaka soon
Bangladesh Railway is going to introduce soon the second inter-city train service from northern districts to Dhaka via Jamuna Bridge, covering seven districts.
 arrow Eight of a bridal party killed in road mishap
Joy of a bridal party turned into a heart-rending scene at Syedpur as eight of them died when a truck rammed one of their vehicles.
 arrow UNDP set to start fresh uplift activities in CHT
The United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) is set to start fresh development activities under a new project in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), officials told this at a workshop in Bandarban on Tuesday.
 arrow Artificial crisis of kerosene in 3 dists
An artificial crisis of kerosene prevails in Bogra, Barisal and Gaibandha for several weeks.
 arrow Gopalganj Bar Assoc polls held
Election to Gopalganj Bar Association was held here on Friday.

Advocate Din Mohammad Sikder has been emerged as president of the association defeating Advocate Sarder Ahmed Nawsher Ali by six votes.

 arrow Six get 20 years RI for kidnapping
A court here on Thursday sentenced six persons to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for 20 years and six months each for crimes related to kidnapping, trespassing and attempt to murder.
 arrow India postpones barbed wire fencing along Habiganj border
India has postponed construction of barbed wire fencing along Sharifpur border till demarcation of the border line in a week.
 arrow Fake NGO men held for swindling
Villagers at Chapani Hat in Dimla upazila caught two employees of a fake NGO for allegedly swindling Tk two lakh and handed them to police.
 arrow AL leader killed
Sujan, 28, an Awami League activist of Netrakona Sadar upazila unit of the party, was killed by miscreants at Muktirbazar on Saturday.
 arrow Sewing machines for 25 distressed women
Twenty five distressed women began life anew at their villages in Kasba and Akhura upazilas on Friday.
 arrow Top criminal nabbed in B'baria
A top criminal was nabbed by Brahmanbaria Sadar thana police on Wednesday.

Arrested Atik was also engaged in arms and drug smuggling.

 arrow Hemp recovered: One arrested
One person was arrested and 37.50-kilogram of hemp was recovered from different bordering areas here from February 2-19.

The arrested is Md Ibrahim, son of Younus Mia of Nuapura village in Kasbaupazila.

Point-Counterpointarrow Doing more with microfinance: A BRAC experience
The poor are a diverse group with diverse livelihoods, needs and potential, which change over time due to lifecycle, new opportunities and external shocks.
 arrow The Great Divide
I have a deep and abiding interest in history particularly the era of the British Raj in India and the great drama which ended in August 1947 with the Independence of India and its Partition.
Culturearrow Grandeur at Bakultala
The Bakultala premises at the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University reverberated with much enthusiasm of thousands of visitors and the performance of songs, recitation, dances, drama and other cultural
 arrow Prokrity O Puran Desh Natok Festival
Today Desh Natak will stage Birsa Kabya soon after the inauguration of the drama festival arranged by Desh Natok at the Public Library Auditorium at 7 p.m.
 arrow Cultural icons voice out their memories
"In 1948 when Mohammad Ali Jinnah declared that Urdu will be the state language of Pakistan, I was a school student and did not understand what he meant by it.
 arrow Prokrity O Puran depicts influence of nature and myth
Desh Natok, one of the most popular theatrical groups in the country, has arranged a weeklong drama festival, which starts from today at the Public Library Auditorium.
Generalarrow Peacekeeping now a multi-national affairs: FM
A five-day long Multinational Civilian-Military Peace Support Operation (PSO) Seminar and Planning Exercise code-named 'Exercise Blue Tiger' began at Hotel Sheraton in the city yesterday.
 arrow Spread IT appliances, facilities in all spheres
President Iajuddin Ahmed urged all concerned to spread all kinds of information-technology appliances and facilities in all spheres aiming to build a knowledge-based society.
 arrow Indian sarees worth Tk 40 lakh seized
Smuggled Indian sarees worth Tk 40 lakh were seized by customs intelligence and investigation officials from Bangabazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow 2 FFs' family members appeal for jobs
Family members of two freedom fighters yesterday appealed for two jobs for their survival as they are leading inhuman life due to financial crisis.
 arrow B Chowdhury visits Amar Ekushey Book Fair
Former President. AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday visited Amar Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla Academy, where his books and CD on his latest political grandstand are on sale.
 arrow World Vedic Confce ends
A three-day World Vedic Conference and a gathering of Hindu saints was held at the shrine of Chandranath Dham at Sitakunda in Chittagong on Friday with a special prayer for world peace.
Internationalarrow Israel reroutes barrier ahead of ICJ hearing
Israel began tearing down a small section of its controversial West Bank barrier yesterday, a day before the World Court opens hearings on the legality of the project.
 arrow Iranian conservatives, hardliners set for win
Iran's turbulent experiment with reforms was set to be halted yesterday, with conservatives and hardliners all but confirmed as winners of controversial parliamentary elections that most of their reformist
 arrow War of Gandhis in Indian election
It is being billed as the war of the Gandhis, as India moves into electoral mode.
 arrow Bin Laden cornered in Pakistan's northwest
US and British special forces have cornered al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a mountainous area in northwest Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, the Sunday Express newspaper reported.
 arrow Diplomats leave Haiti without agreement
A diplomatic delegation left Haiti after failing to persuade opponents of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to end a bloody uprising and accept a US-backed peace plan that would require the two sides to
 arrow US blames al-Qaeda for Iraq violence
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, flying to Kuwait yesterday on a previously unannounced trip to the Gulf, blamed al-Qaeda guerrillas for violence in Iraq.
 arrow Most Americans don't want Bush reelection: Poll
Fifty-two percent of registered US voters don't want President George W.
 arrow Becoming PM not a priority: Sonia
The Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi yesterday said becoming a Prime Minister was not a priority before her and accused BJP of raking up the issue of her foreign origin as the party-led government
 arrow Kashmiri rebels get $7m a year to keep revolt alive
Kashmiri militant groups are getting seven million dollars a year to keep alive a 15-year insurgency there, an Indian media report said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Gripping political tension
National politics is teetering at the edge of violent confrontation as Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Awami League seem set for a showdown. Hopefully, it will be avoided.
 arrow Editorial: Air quality in Dhaka
The recent findings about air quality in the metropolis clearly show the health hazards we are living with.
 arrow Calling Bush's bluff while Iraq's post-war political fate is being shaped
At times, contestation can be so ridiculous that the world's most powerful man has to contend with a rival whom will he take on only with contempt.
 arrow Greater Middle East initiative?
The Arab rulers are said to be agitated over the persistent news that the Americans are building further on their proposal for promoting democracy in Middle East.
 arrow CPM speed bump on Vajapyee road
MIDNAPORE is a ramshackle town in West Bengal. It is still remembered by the revolutionaries of the days gone by.
Letters to Editorarrow Where is home?
It is supplementary to the views expressed in the DS Editorial of November 29 and subsequent article with above title (DS:12.02.2004).
 arrow "Bachelor'
The much awaited movie Bachelor has created a mixed reaction after it was being telecast and released in theatres on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow National anthem and cell phones
Cell phone has become a part and parcel of our day to day life and the number of users is around two million in the country.
 arrow AQ Khan
For one reason or the other, directly or indirectly, economically or politically, millions of people of OIC and SAARC countries are influenced or affected by Indo-Pakistan relations, Kashmir problem,India's
 arrow Woes of a Bangladeshi student
I am writing this letter to let everybody know what kind of service we are getting from the Bangladesh High Commission in Canada.

I am a student and has been in Canada for the last five years.

 arrow Cell phones
The number of mobile users in Bangladesh is surely a huge one. But the number of mobile service providers is not that many.
 arrow Non-government colleges
Principals and vice-principals of non-government colleges have their own pay scales prescribed by the government and some additional benefits such as free furnished quarters within the campus, entertainment
 arrow Mysterious disease
I want to write something in your newspaper about the mysterious disease that broke out at Goalanda last month.
 arrow Destroying trees
I was simply horrified to see the roundabout at Gulshan Circle 2 turned into a deprecated wasteland! As it is, Dhaka city is choking with pollution of all forms imaginable, and this tiny vestige of green
 arrow Our ministers
In civilised nations, the minister concerned usually takes the responsibility for any mishap concerning his/her ministry.
 arrow Hartal syndrome
After bearing with more than 10 years of pathetic performance and ridiculous hartal calls from our political parties, I think it is time for the nation to look for some viable solution to the problems
 arrow Engineering education
In reply to a question asked by a BR (Bangladesh Railway) employee, while going to Rajshahi from Tangail, my home district, I said that Bangladesh is an LDC with so many problems -- so it's not at all
 arrow Ahamadiyya issue
Your newspaper keeps us abreast, in USA, with the latest religious fervent in Bangladesh.
Star Cityarrow Book fair crowd grows, spirit goes missing
Publishers are coming up with new books, the bubble of visitors is expanding, but the Ekushey Book Fair is running low on spirit by the year, as brazen commercial attitude clawed its way into the whole
 arrow Cheated, devastated
Eager to have a blissful wedded life in the so-called promised land, shattered dreams, a broken heart and broken ties are all she is left with as her husband leaves her forever.
 arrow On Amar Ekushey Day

 arrow Elevated expressway awaits green light
The project concept paper completed by the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) on a 20km elevated expressway in the city awaits the approval of the communications ministry.
 arrow Final version fails to please green group
A government decision to exclude milad and waj mahfil from the noise pollution control rules, announced on February 15, might have pleased ruling coalition partners but drew flak from environment
 arrow Equipping the forex earner for tough global challenge
The readymade garment sector, Bangladesh's largest foreign exchange earner, has a long way to build a pool of trained personnel for a sustainable business model.