Vol. 4 Num 269 Sat. February 28, 2004    
 
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Front Pagearrow Humayun Azad stabbed, fighting for life
Unknown assailants critically stabbed prominent writer Humayun Azad with butcher's knives in front of Bangla Academy last night in an attack his family blamed on fundamentalists.
 arrow Grim energy crisis looms
An unprecedented rise in industrial and commercial demands for gas, coupled with inadequate supply, is set to trigger off an energy crisis this year.
 arrow 130 arrested ahead of today's hartal
Arson, arrests and bullet injuries marked the final hours to today's countrywide hartal of the main opposition Awami League (AL), a fourth in a month, amid the ruling coalition's hard line on demonstrations,
 arrow Beyond the years of neglect
Kanchan's hands do not show the hazards of his father's profession -- no rough and callused hands from years of cleaning sewers and sweeping the streets of Tangail. The hands hold pens and pencils instead.
 arrow Malaysia to start recruiting workers next month
Fresh recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia begins next month, about five months after the signing of an agreement between the two countries.
 arrow 'Think twice before attacks, we'll have our turn'
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday warned law enforcers and ruling coalition- backed ‘cadres' that time is coming when they will have to face the consequences of their 'atrocities' on
 arrow AL, close parties plan concerted agitation
The Awami League's (AL) move to strike an alliance with left-leaning parties is yet to get much response, but the opposition parties are now thinking of holding simultaneous anti-government agitation.
 arrow It's India vs Pakistan
Bangladesh avoided a Plate Championship semifinal clash with Australia when they defeated Ireland by eight wickets in one of four final group league matches of the Fifth ICC U-19 World Cup yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda to address BNP rally in city today
Ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) holds a rally today at Bashabo in the city that coincides with the countrywide daylong hartal enforced by main opposition Awami League (AL).
 arrow Hasina hails, Moudud dismisses US HR report
The government yesterday rejected the Human Rights Report on Bangladesh launched on Thursday by the US State Department while the main opposition Awami League (AL) greeted the findings saying it mirrored
 arrow 'Better governance, steps to root out corruption preconditions'
The Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation (Isacpa) has set a target to halve poverty by 2010 in the region and urged the political leadership to take effective steps to improve governance
 arrow Adequate funds for treatment demanded
About 80 per cent of childhood cancer can be cured if diagnosed early but nearly two thirds of the affected children do not have access to treatment just because of costly drugs and other expenses, experts
 arrow Devise software, interfaces to computerise Bangla
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for developing effective interfaces and software for computer processing of Bangla to enable about 250 million Bangla-speaking people use their mother
 arrow 20 AL workers in Bhola injured by BNP men
At least 20 people were injured in incidents of violence in Bhola in the wake of Thursday's attack on the motorcade of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina in Barisal, local AL leaders said yesterday.
 arrow Language Movement veteran Gaziul Haq teaches..


 arrow Japanese cult guru to die for sarin gas attack
A former Japanese cult guru was sentenced to hang yesterday for masterminding a sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway trains in 1995 that killed 12, sickened thousands and shattered Japan's myth of public
 arrow CCCI urges PM for 3rd Karnaphuli bridge
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) in a letter to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked for construction of a bridge over the Karnaphuli river.
 arrow 30 killed as train, truck collide in West Bengal
An Indian passenger train collided yesterday with a vehicle travelling to a wedding in India's West Bengal state, killing 30 people, a railways spokesman said.

"Thirty people have died," spokesmanM.Y.

 arrow Bhupen Hazarika joins BJP
After roping in an array of tinsel town stars, the BJP yesterday paraded another "prize" catch--this time singer, lyricist, music director and writer--all rolled into one--Bhupen Hazarika who joined the
 arrow Kashmir CM escapes grenade attack
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed yesterday escaped a bid on his life as terrorists fired two rifle grenades at his rally in Beerwah, killing one person and injuring two others, official
 arrow Children light up hundreds of candles....


 arrow Miscreants kill housewife in Moheshkhali
A housewife was shot dead by unidentified miscreants at village Devendrapara under Moheshkhali upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Six of a family killed in Comilla road accident
Eight people, six of a same family, were killed in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Nimsar in Burichang upazila yesterday.
 arrow Jamali to visit Bangladesh some time this year
Pakistan Prime Minister Zafrullah Khan Jamali would be visiting Bangladesh this year, Secretary General of ruling Pakistan Muslim League Salim Saifullah Khan said Thursday night.
 arrow Naipaul supports Babri Mosque demolition by Hindu zealots
Nobel laureate author V.S.
 arrow DU Gha unit results published
The Dhaka University (DU) published the results of the written test of Gha unit for first year honours courses yesterday.
 arrow 4 Jubo League activists held
Police on Thursday night arrested four Jubo League activists on charge of vandalising two vehicles of the deputy commissioner's (DC) office and the Sonali Bank.
 arrow Four outlaws arrested with firearms
Four underground operatives were arrested along with arms and ammunition in the town yesterday.
Businessarrow Soaring prices of scrap vessels dent ship-breaking industry
The ship-breaking industry has run into trouble due to soaring prices of old scrap vessels, industry people said.
 arrow Bangladesh can be a new place for industry relocation
Calling Dhaka's macro economy as sound and investment policy open-door, the South Korean government and private sector leaders yesterday said Bangladesh having cheap workforce can be a good destination
 arrow Khosru urges businessmen to raise voice against strike
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday called upon business community to raise voice against strikes for the sake of sound economic growth.
 arrow EU sees chance for WTO framework deal by May
European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said Thursday saw a chance for countries to make significant progress this spring toward a final World Trade Organisation deal.
 arrow US lawmakers likely to stall much of Bush tax plan
The US Congress will likely put on hold until after the November election President George W.
 arrow Compensate Africa for farm subsidy, UN asks rich states
The United Nations called on rich countries Thursday to compensate African nations for the damage done to them by agricultural subsidies accorded farmers in the developed world.
 arrow Platform for businesspeople decries strike, law and order
Strike and deteriorating law and order exact hefty toll on the country's businesses, said leaders of a recently floated platform for businesspeople yesterday.
 arrow Discussion on Castrol brand lubricant
A business discussion on Castrol brand lubricant in Bangladesh was held on Tuesday in Dhaka.
 arrow American Week in Rajshahi from Sunday
A 4-day American Week, organised by the US Embassy in Bangladesh, begins Sunday in Rajshahi.
 arrow EU to impose sanctions on US Monday: Lamy
European Union Trade Commis-sioner Pascal Lamy said Thursday the EU would slap a 5 per cent duty on more than $4 billion worth of US exports beginning on Monday because of Congress' failure to repealtax
 arrow Economic trends, G7 pressure point to Asia forex shift
The first stirrings of inflation across Asia are reinforcing the message from a swelling chorus of international policy makers: It's time for the region to let its currencies rise.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
February 21-February 26, 2004

Local FX Market
Dollar got stronger against Bangladeshi taka throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts confirm easier semi
Hosts Bangladesh managed to prevent a pre-mature clash with fallen world champions Australia in the Plate Championship of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup after a commanding win over Ireland at the Chittagong
 arrow Football: Kanchan, Hasan dropped
Rukunuzzaman Kanchan and Mahmudul Hasan were ignored when coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo short-listed the national squad for the upcoming 9th SAF Games to be held in the Pakistani capital Islamabad from
 arrow Cricket: Sachin's boredom worry
When Sachin Tendulkar travels to Pakistan next month for India's first Test series there since 1989, keeping his weight in check will overshadow any fears about personal safety.
 arrow Cricket: Kasprowicz kills SL off
Fast bowler Mike Kasprowicz destroyed Sri Lanka with five wickets as Australia won the fourth one-day international by 40 runs on Friday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha just can't win
Muktijoddha Sangsad's dismal show in the Western Union Premier Division Football League continued yesterday when they dropped points to Arambagh Krira Sangsad in a one-all draw at the Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow 30 hurt after soccer fans go wild
At least 30 people were injured when supporters clashed during a football match at the Pilot High School ground in the district's Begumganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Three Star Cricket Club and Provati Cricket Club each posted victories in the Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rangu Mia Cup Tournament at the Shahjadapur Junior High School in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bulawayo Test might start today
The second cricket Test due to start here Friday between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh has been re-scheduled for Saturday due to the prospect of further rain that had already delayed the match.
 arrow Cricket: Cronje report due in May
The results of the investigation into the aircraft crash in which former South Africa cricket captain Hansie Cronje died will be made public in May, the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on
 arrow Cricket: Proteas look to Ivy
A South Pacific tropical cyclone is likely to save South Africa Saturday from the ignominy, for now, of its first one-day cricket series loss with New Zealand.
 arrow Football: Italians pegged back
AS Roma and Serie A rivals Parma suffered shock defeats by unheralded Turkish opponents as Italy endured a bad night in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Already dreaming treble
Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz turns his attention to domestic matters with the visit of Celta Vigo on Sunday, and he is starting to believe that his team can achieve a historic triple set of titles.
Metropolitanarrow Six-year-old boy kidnapped
Miscreants have kidnapped a six-year-old boy of Khiora village under Bagmara upazila and demanded ransom for his release.
 arrow Channel i to present Oscar ceremony
For the first time in Bangladesh, the Channel i and the Matra, an advertising firm, have got the official permission to telecast the Oscar Award ceremony.
 arrow 4 extortionists arrested in Rajshahi
Police arrested four extortionists from a city clinic yesterday while they were demanding toll.

They were identified as Masud, Tuhin, Bappi and Rezaul Karim Raju of Upashahar areas.

 arrow Alleged criminal shot dead in ctg
One alleged criminal was shot dead at Fatikchhari in the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Over 1,800 held, 12 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,884 people, including six listed criminals, during their ongoing countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tension mounts as Bangalees' deadline expires today
Tension is mounting in Syedpur as the deadline given by Bangalees to the local authorities for changing its decision to allot houses of Uttara Housing Project only to Beharis (Urdu speaking people) expires
 arrow Minerals being plundered, ecology destroyed in Netrakona
China clay, the basic raw material for ceramic products, found only in Netrakona in the country, is being plundered.
 arrow How long it takes to reply a court letter?
Housewife Sufia Khatun of Gourhanga area in the city filed a case against six government doctors one and a half years ago but she does not know whether the case will be tried or not.
 arrow Processions for removal of VC
Teachers, students and all classes of officials and employees staged separate demonstrations on Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) campus on Thursday demanding removal of its Vice-chancellor
 arrow Student's death triggers violence at Khulna Polytechnic Institute
A tense situation prevails on the Khulna Polytechnic Institute campus. The institute authorities have asked the resident students to vacate their hostels immediately.
 arrow Bomb blast at Sylhet shrine: Case transferred to CID
The case of a bomb blast incident during annual Urs at Hajrat Shahjalal (RA)'s shrine here on January 12 has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
 arrow Show-cause notice on RU BCL convenor
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities issued a show cause notice on the university unit convenor of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Kamruzzaman Chanchal on Tuesday.
 arrow DC exchanges views with newsmen
The newly appointed Deputy Commissioner (DC), Md Younusur Rahman, held a view-exchange meeting with journalists at the Brahmanbaria Press Club on Wednesday.
 arrow Man held with dollars in B'baria
One person was arrested with foreign currency notes from Banchharampur and a revolver was recovered from the rooftop of a mosque at Charchartala here.
 arrow 27 arrested
Brahmanbaria police in separate drives arrested 27 persons within 24 hours.

The arrested are accused of different cases including three murder cases.

 arrow Diamond jubilee celebrated
Zahiria MU High School's diamond jubilee was celebrated on the school premises on Wednesday

Reunion of the school's former students was also held there.

 arrow Two killers to die in Gaibandha
Two persons were awarded death sentence and three others got life term imprisonment on Thursday for killing Abdul Khaleque Rabbani of Gobindapur village in Shaghata upazila on March 30, 1999.
 arrow Five fertiliser dealers held
Five fertiliser dealers were arrested while mixing lime with gypsum at Ulipur in Kurigram on Wednesday.
 arrow Ex-AL lawmaker passes away
Mustafa M A Matin, a former Awami League (AL) lawmaker, a Language Movement activist and an eminent lawyer here died of old age ailment at a private clinic in Dhaka yesterday.

He was 70.

 arrow 'Heroin queen' held in B'baria 34 kg hemp recovered in another derive
Rehana Akhter Sheuli, known as 'heroin queen' in the district, was arrested from Akhaura on Thursday by a team of Drug Control Department.
 arrow Padma bridge at Daulatdia-Paturia demanded
People of all walks of life under the banner of "Padma Bridge Implementation Committee" have demanded construction of Padma bridge at Daulatdia-Paturia.
Point-Counterpointarrow The emperor and his Bangladeshi wardrobe
Bangladesh, a country best known in the apparel world as a producer of low end quality of garments and having no audactity to offer better products is about to face a peril.
 arrow The gambit of politics, history and international hegemony
A comparatively young scholar looks into the governance of a country where legal order is destroyed and a condition is created through weak or no enforcement either because of no intention to enforce,
 arrow The unique Unicode
The Unicode character set is a character set projected to represent the writing schemes of all of the world's major languages.
Culturearrow Recognising contribution in Bangla literature
After receiving the Sheltech Award 2003, celebrated author and scientist Muhammad Zafar Iqbal said, 'I can never completely express my overwhelming feeling as I received this award.
 arrow Prokrity O Puran Desh Natok Festival
Uttoradhikar, the theatrical group from Chittagong will stage Shampan Naiya at the Public Library Auditorium today at 7:00 p.m. as part of the drama festival arranged by Desh Natok.
 arrow Faridi and Subarna in new roles
Humayun Faridi's direction and Subarna Mustafa's presentation--what more is needed for a programme to be popular? And if it is a quiz show? Ntv starts airing such a programme named Medhabi from
 arrow Dhaka Residential Model College observes Ekushey
The young pupils from class three to twelve of the prestigious institution, Dhaka Residential Model College, observed Amar Ekushey with tremendous enthusiasm and paid homage to the language martyrs of
Generalarrow Increase subsidy to agriculture: Minister
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday urged reversal of the current negative flow of agriculture credits for a "second green revolution" in the country as a means to arrest poverty and hunger as per
 arrow Another team to go on Everest expedition
Four members of Bangladesh Everest Team-1 will receive training from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of India to climb the Everest, the highest peak in the world.
 arrow Epilepsy is totally curable
Epilepsy is a disease, not a curse and it is totally curable in treatment, said the experts yesterday, revealing that some six to eight lakh people have been suffering from the disease in the country.
 arrow UK to provide support for development
Queen Elizabeth has assured that the UK will provide all-out assistance and cooperation towards further socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
 arrow Attack on Hasina's motorcade condemned
Joybangla Sangskritik Oikyajote (JSO) has condemned the attack by the BNP activists on the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's motorcade at Charkawaferry
 arrow 2 former activists of Janajuddha killed
Two former activists of extremist 'Janajuddha' group were killed by its armed cadres at Purondapur in Jiban Nagar upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Trader robbed of Tk 3.5 lakh in N'ganj
A garment trader was robbed of Tk 3.50 lakh at Quyumpur in Fatulla on Thursday.
 arrow Body of housewife recovered
Police recovered the body of a housewife who allegedly committed suicide at her Pallabi residence in the city on Thursday afternoon.

The body of Afroza Begum, 23, was found hanging from the ceiling.

Internationalarrow 'Differences remain at N Korean nuke talks'
China's top negotiator at six-party talks on North Korea crisis said yesterday that after three days of negotiations there remained "differences, difficulties and contradictions.
 arrow Naxals go on rampage in Bihar, Jharkhand
Banned Peoples War Group and Maoist Communist Centre ultras triggered blasts damaging government properties and paralysing railway services along the Howrah-New Delhi route in Bihar during their bandh
 arrow Rebels warn of imminent attack on Haiti capital
Rebels battling to oust Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said on Thursday an attack on the capital was imminent and the United States urged Aristide to consider whether he should stay in power.
 arrow 'Vote for NDA to make India a superpower'
Appealing to nationalistic sentiments of the electorate, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani yesterday sought a renewed mandate for the BJP-led coalition at the Centre to enable India to become a superpower
 arrow US eases sanctions on Libya
The United States took major steps toward normalizing ties with Libya on Thursday, including allowing US firms to start negotiating their return, in order to reward Tripoli for efforts to get rid of banned
 arrow Nato chief sees alliance role if Iraqis ask for it
Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said yesterday he believes the military alliance is likely to approve the deployment of its forces to Iraq if the move is requested by a sovereign Iraqi government.
 arrow Pakistan, N Korea may have jointly tested nukes
Pakistan may have helped North Korea test a plutonium-based nuclear device in 1998, The New York Times said yesterday, quoting former and current US intelligence officials.
Editorialarrow Editorial: On the wrong side of Human Rights, again
There is practically nothing in the State Department's report on human rights and related issues in Bangladesh that has not previously been reported by the national press.
 arrow Editorial: The tiger census
Better late than never -- after a lot of demands from conservationists, guessing and reluctantly concluded figures, wildlife experts embarked on the first ever comprehensive census of Royal Bengal Tigers
 arrow Democracy must be seen to function
The Bangladesh Constitution, like many other Constitutions, contain provisions that not only enumerate high ideals but also suggest how these will be protected for the common good of the people of this
 arrow The only exit: Sign the NPT
Throughout February the Army Chief has been frightening Pakistanis into helping him tide over the four major crises facing the country.
Letters to Editorarrow The greatest Bangladeshi
The BBC recently carried out a series of programmes and conducted a poll to decide the greatest Briton of all time, which was won by Winston Churchill.
 arrow Third force
I had been following with interest the new political developments taking place with the possibility of a third force emerging under the leadership of Dr. Kamal Hossain and Dr. B Chowdhury .
Literaturearrow Night Journey
Lying awake in the dark, I would hear the trucks changing gears all night as they grunted their way up the slopes. It was better than closing my eyes and trying to count sheep.
 arrow On Samar Sen, poetry and Bengali Marxism
Bengali Marxism is an intensely lived yet deeply insular culture which has generated its own icons, texts, language, lifestyle and sectarian heresies.
 arrow On My Birthday
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