Volume 4 Number 275 Sat. March 06, 2004    
Advertise with The Daily Star -- Advertising on the Website    Advertising in the Printed Edition-- Home 
Today's Index
Front Page
Letters to Editor
Write to Editor

About Us

Today's Index
Front Pagearrow 'Bangladesh most violent for newsmen in Asia'
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) yesterday tagged Bangladesh as the most violent country for newspersons in Asia in an investigation that also expressed deep concern at repression on them here.
 arrow Police ring AL headquarters
Arsonists with apparent ties to mainstream opposition parties torched at least four buses, including a state-owned double-decker, amid cracker blasts that rang out in much of the city in the final hours
 arrow Tk 4cr forex seized
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday seized about Tk 3.78 crore in foreign banknotes en route to an unknown destination abroad in one of the biggest hauls in Bangladesh.
 arrow Pakistan world U-19 champs
Tantalising spin bowling by Tariq Mahmood, terrific fielding and decisive batting from Asif Iqbal in his first match of the competition landed Pakistan the Fifth ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup trophy at the
 arrow AI condemns Azad attack, calls for safety of protestors
Amnesty International (AI) condemned the stabbing of Humayun Azad and called on the government to ensure safety of demonstrators including participants of today's general strike four opposition parties
 arrow Writer improving slowly, able to swallow liquid food
Dr Humayun Azad was able to swallow liquid food for the first time yesterday since the eminent writer was admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in a critical condition following the deadly machete
 arrow JCD bars Azad Mancha activists from holding programme
The pro-government Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) forced activists of the Humayan Azad Mancha out of Dhaka University (DU)'s TSC (Teacher-Student Centre) area yesterday as the Mancha activists prepared
 arrow Traders go vigilant, extortionists at bay
Traders at Karwan Bazaar cry out loud to shoo extortionists who have long terrorised the neighbourhood and robbed them of their hard-earned money.
 arrow Grameen Bank plan for beggars
Wheelchair-bound Kohinoor Mian, 60, of Pathantola in Dhamrai near Dhaka begs from door to door. He earns Tk 200-300 a day, but he has to share the money with a boy who pushes his chair.
 arrow Magistrate lives out death threat
Instead of being rewarded, a magistrate who showed extraordinary courage trying to prevent unfit vessels from plying rivers has been transferred and is now living under death threats by unscrupulous people.
 arrow Phase II of adult literacy programme launched
The government has launched the second phase of its non-formal adult literacy programme at a cost of Tk 567 crore to retain 17 lakh students of the Total Literacy Movement (TLM) -- the programme that
 arrow Bush campaign ads anger families of Sept 11victims
Families who lost relatives in the September 11, 2001, attacks voiced outrage on Thursday at President Bush's first ads of his reelection campaign that use images of the devastated World Trade Centreto
 arrow 50 injured in clash over land dispute in Sylhet
About 50 madrasah students were injured in a one- and a half-hour armed clash apparently over a land dispute at Kazirbazar in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow PM to address BNP rally at Lalbagh today
Ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) holds a rally today at Lalbagh in the city that coincides with the countrywide daylong hartal enforced by Awami League (AL), Communist Party of Bangladesh, Workers
 arrow Another slum fire victim's Body found
Police yesterday recovered a burnt body from a lake near Baubazar slum at Korail in Gulshan that was reduced to ashes in a fire Wednesday.
 arrow Jewellery shop looted in city
Armed robbers looted cash and gold ornaments valued at around Tk 6.4 lakh from a jewellery shop at East Rampura in the city yesterday.
 arrow Freedom fighters vow to join oust-govt move
The Muktijoddha Oikya Parishad, a united forum of 11 freedom fighters' organisations, yesterday expressed solidarity with today's countrywide shutdown and ongoing oust-government movement.
 arrow BNP men attack Jubo League confce in Bogra
Armed activists allegedly belonging to the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday attacked a conference of Jubo League, the youth front of the opposition Awami League, at Deogram Union under
 arrow Blix believes war in Iraq was illegal
Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix believes the US-led war in Iraq was illegal, a British newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Grenade hurled at policemen in Khulna
Miscreants threw a hand grenade on policemen in front of Picture Cinema in the city last night.

Police said unidentified miscreants threw the grenade targeting three on -duty cops at about 8:45pm.

 arrow AL threatens to lay siege to CMP office
Awami League leaders here yesterday threatened to lay siege to the office of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner at Laldighi, if any attempt to foil today's hartal is made by the police.
 arrow B Chy, leftists Blast govt for harbouring crime
Condemning the gory attack on Humayun Azad and the police atrocity on Dhaka University (DU) students, some politicians yesterday blamed the government for criminalisation of politics.
 arrow JCD attacks bus Carrying BCLmen at Mirersarai:18 injured
Some 18 leaders and workers of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in an attack by the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Jubo Dal in Mirersarai upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Joint forces recover arms from the Sundarbans
The joint forces, acting upon a tip-off, recovered 11 guns and 500 live cartridges on Thursday afternoon from the Sundarbans.
 arrow DU teachers call it attempt to politicise Azad incident
A total of 410 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday condemned the "attempts to politicise" the incident of attack on eminent writer Prof Humayun Azad.
 arrow Janajuddha claims killing Jamaat leader
Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) has claimed responsibility for the murder of Bagerhat Jamaat leader Gazi Abu Baker Siddique, branding him a 'hypocrite.
 arrow Three killed in Sylhet road Accident
Three people were killed in a road accident on Sylhet-Companyganj Road in Companyganj upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Cloth shop employee shot dead
An employee of a cloth shop was shot dead by a gang of miscreants at Shyampur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tanks surround Arafat's headquarters
More than 10 Israeli army jeeps and armored vehicles surrounded yesterday the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, an AFP correspondent reported.
 arrow Global terror threat 'real'and developing: Blair
The global threat facing Britain and the rest of the world is real and developing, Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday during a speech highlighting the dangers posed by international terrorism.
Businessarrow Square Pharma eyes bigger export slice
Square Pharmaceuticals Limited has set its sight on broadening its export market after its new plant in Kaliakoir, Gazipur got the nod of US and UK authorities in terms of meeting their standards.
 arrow Fuel and power cos pay rich dividend in 2003
The fuel and power companies, among the listed companies, showed their sound financial position paying the highest 54.44 percent dividend on average in 2003.
 arrow Dhaka to export sugar to France this year
Bangladesh will export 9,000 tonnes of sugar to France this year under a quota available from the European Union to the least developing countries.
 arrow Strike, corruption major barriers to wooing FDI in Bangladesh
While cheap workforce is the key factor favouring Bangladesh to have foreign investment, investors abroad identified strike, political links of workers, inconsistent government policy and corruption as
 arrow Japan, Mexico end free trade talks without breakthrough
Japan and Mexico ended 10 days of talks aimed at securing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) Friday without a breakthrough due to nagging differences about import quotas, an official said.
 arrow US, Turk textile groups urge world quota extension
US and Turkish textile groups, fearing increased competition from China, called Thursday for a two-year extension of an international textile trade quota system set to expire at the end of the year.
 arrow Square Hospital Comes into being early next year
An integrated hospital of international standard managed by reputed Bumrungrad Hospital of Thailand comes into operation early next year in Dhaka.
 arrow New branch manager, AVP of Habib Bank
Muhammad Zahidul Islam has been promoted to the post of branch manager and assistant vice-president (AVP) of Habib Bank Limited, Dhaka branch.
 arrow US lawmakers debate remedies for EU sanctions
The US Senate approved a "Buy America" plan for the federal government Thursday as a way to save US jobs, while Republican leaders of the House of Representatives pushed a related bill to end costly European
 arrow Brazil's president calls European leaders about IMF rules
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Thursday spoke with the leaders of Germany and France about proposed changes to the rules of IMF loan deals to allow for greater infrastructure investment,
Sportsarrow Cricket: Good, but could be better
Yes, Pakistan have won the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, but in reality the tournament showed it was more than just a development-oriented competition.
 arrow Cricket: Halim gives Dhaka hope
An unbeaten 91 by Halim Shah brought Dhaka back into contention in the title race with Sylhet at the end of the second day of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League match yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Saqlain, Afridi recalled
Pakistan Fri-day recalled popular all-rounder Sha-hid Afridi and experienced off-spinner Saqlain Mu-shtaq to its 16-member squad for the first two one-day matches against India starting next week.
 arrow Cricket: It's not study time
India's young cricketers Ir-fan Pathan and Parthiv Patel will fore-go their sch-ool-leaving examinations this month in order to represent the country on the tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: The battle within
All eyes will be on spin wizards Shane Warne of Australia and Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan when they begin the chase for the world bowling record in the Test series starting on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: BD-Zim 1st ODI today
Bangladesh's batting will be the main concern when the Tigers start their one-day campaign against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo today.
 arrow Cricket: BSFNA cricket
Katakhali Cricket Academy defeated Hit or Miss by three-wickets in the Bangladesh Sports Foundation of North America (BSFNA) cricket tournament at the Rajshahi College playground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan lose points
Mohammedan Sporting Club again dropped points in the Western Union Premier Division Football League when they were held to a goalless draw by Dhaka Wanderers Club at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Zoysa returns to Test team
Sri Lanka have recalled left-arm fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa in a 15-member squad for the opening cricket Test against Australia starting at Galle on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Satkhira cricket
Gano Mukhi Club and P K Union Club won their respective matches in the Satkhira District First Division Cricket League in last two days.
 arrow Football: DC Cup soccer
Hosts defeated Lalmonirhat 4-3 in the Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.

Ataur of Gaibandha made hattrick and Rubel netted one.

 arrow Football: Pele has 124 greats
Five-times World Cup winners Brazil beat old rivals France and Italy again by having more players than any other country on a FIFA list of the greatest living players published on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Mission Real treble
Brazil World Cup star Ronaldo and French play-maker Zinedine Zidane have set their sights on winning a treble of domestic and European honours with Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: 6 Leicester City players face Judge
Six players from English Premiership club Leicester City who spent the night in custody after three women claimed they had been sexually assaulted, were brought before a judge on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow JCD cadres beat up JU student
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres beat up a student of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Thursday midnight following a factional feud among them.
 arrow DU teachers condemn 'attempts to politicise' Azad incident
A total of 410 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday condemned the "attempts to politicise" the incident of attack on eminent writer Prof Humayun Azad.
 arrow Countrymen urged to unite to topple govt
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday urged the countrymen to forge a unity under the umbrella of the Liberation War spirit to topple the alliance government
 arrow Construct Padma bridge at Mawa
People of 21 districts in Barisal and Khulna divisions at a huge rally yesterday demanded construction of Padma bridge at Mawa point.
 arrow Two shot in city
Two people were shot at Khilgaon and Demra in the city yesterday.
 arrow JUTA to observe strike tomorrow
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers Association (JUTA) will observe a daylong work abstention tomorrow in protest of the butcher's knife attack on Humayun Azad, political harassment on the citizensand
 arrow Art exhibition of Qayyum Chy begins today
A 20-day art exhibition begins at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts at Dhanmondi in the city today.

Recent artworks of eminent artist Qayyum Chowdhury will be put on display.

 arrow Youth killed in road accident
An unknown youth died in a road accident in Zia International Airport area yesterday.
 arrow FEMA executives
Munira Khan and Mohammad Abdul Matin were elected president and secretary general respectively of the national executive committee of Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (FEMA) for a three-year term.
 arrow Dol Purnima today
Members of the Hindu community will celebrate Dol Purnima, popularly known as 'Holi,' today.
 arrow Over 1,300 held
Police arrested 1,311 people, including a listed criminal, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow 70 BNP men dropped from 23 murder cases in Naogaon
Names of 70 ruling party men including Deputy Minister Alamgir Kabir and his brother Anawr Hossain Bulu have been dropped from lists of accused in 23 sensational murder cases in Naogaon.
 arrow Protests continue in dists
Protests by socio-political and cultural organisations continued in districts against the heinous attack on writer Humayun Azad and demanding resignation of the homer minister for the government's failure
 arrow IU students block road for resumption of classes
Students kept the main road in front of Islamic University blocked for an hour on Thursday demanding immediate resumption of classes and examinations.

They will continue the programme till classesresume.

 arrow Forest official suspended, 11 others transferred
The Sandarbans Station Officer in Kaikhali, Golam Rabbani, has been suspended for negligence in duty following felling of trees on about five acres of forest area by some local influentials allegedlyfor
 arrow Blind Babul appearing at SSC exam
Blindness is no bar to Babul in acquiring knowledge. He is appearing at the SSC examination this year.
 arrow People will resist hartal, home minister says
Home Minister Air Vice Marshal (Rtd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said Awami League activist will not be allowed to come on streets to enforce their hartal (today) and destroy public property.
 arrow Planned self-immolation by Bangalees' leader foiled
The planned self-immolation by Abul Hasan Bulu, leader of Banglaees agitating for houses in government's Uttara Housing Project in Syedpur, on Wednesday was foiled by his supporters.
 arrow A family of drug peddlers
Police arrested Rezaul Moral, 35, his wife Delwara, 26, and their son Hassan, 5, from Nathullabad bus stand in the city at about 3 am Wednesday and recovered 30 bottles of Phensidil, four kgs of other
 arrow Outlaws kill AL leader in Kushtia
Outlawed party cadres shot dead an Awami League (AL) leader at Dahakula village in Sadar upazila on Tuesday.

The victim is Abdul Khaleq, 40, son of late Habib Uddin Mondol of the village.

 arrow BNP cadres capture shrimp enclosure: 3 hurt
Three persons including a woman were injured severely in a clash over capture of a shrimp enclosure by BNP cadres at Banishanta in Dekop upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Family feud: Old man chopped, burnt to death at Sylhet village
A 65-year-old man was chopped and burnt to death at a remote village in Jakiganj upazila on Wednesday night. The tragic incident occurred as a sequel to a family feud, locals and police informed.
 arrow Salima to urge PM not to lay off Rangpur Sugar Mills
State Minister for Cultural Affairs Salima Rahman would urge the Prime Minister not to lay off Rangpur Sugar Mills.
 arrow Tk 50,000 given to Rangamati fire victims
The district administration in a letter to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Ministry has sought Tk two lakh and 20 tonnes of foodgrains as relief for 115 victims of the recent fire incident at
 arrow Regional ijtema ends today at Mymensingh
A three-day regional ijtema organised by Tablig Jamaat of Mymensingh region began near the BTV Sub-station at Akua in the district town on Thursday.
 arrow Ctg Divisional Commissioner meets journalists
Chittagong Divisional Commissioner Md Ashraful Makbul met local journalists at the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) here on Wednesday.
 arrow UP chairman held by joint forces in Assassuni
Anulia Union Parishad (UP) chairman and former Assassuni thana Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) president Ruhul Quddus was arrested by joint forces from his house at Assassuni upazila on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Civil society: Concept and role
It is now generally agreed that we do not have a vibrant civil society movement in Bangladesh. In fact, its absence is felt every day in our national life.
 arrow Sudan: A conflict in the making
As the international community remains focused on the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plight of another nation remains marginalised and almost unnoticed.
 arrow Democracy cannot function when violence rules
Recent failure of a democratically elected government in Haiti has brought into focus that democracy cannot function when political leaders use strong-arm tactics to subdue any political opposition.
 arrow Energising the engine of growth
Energy is fundamental to the quality of our life. It is also the engine of growth in the world economy.
Culturearrow Tona Tuni's latest venture with children
A new edition of children's books by Tona Tuni is like a fresh ray of sunlight for the tiny book lovers adding fresh joy to their innocent dreams tumbling by.
 arrow Short stories project political history of the nation
Ata Sarkar's stories have a distinctive character in the form of a hesitation as to what to write and what not to.
 arrow Another feather in the cap for Dhaka stage
Paul Ackroyd, director of Dhaka Stage, which recently produced "Chorus of Disapproval" at the International School Dhaka, Boshundhara, talks to Fayza Haq of The Daily Star.
 arrow Mousumi Bhumik visits Bangladesh
The name of Moushumi Bhowmik from West Bengal is quite familiar to the Bangladeshi audience thanks to her hit number Swapno dekhbo boley that is often heard from the music shops in the city.
 arrow Costner eyes berths for Modoc epic
Kevin Costner is in negotiations to direct and possibly star in Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, based on the novel by Ralph Helfer.
Generalarrow Allow trade unions in garment industries
Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the government to allow trade unions in garment industries to maintain good relationship between the owners and the workers.
 arrow A day with birds
A daylong bird fair was held on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus drawing a huge crowd of bird lovers yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure quality education'
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday underscored the need for quality education in educational institutions so that the students could make significant contributions to the development of the country.
 arrow BFUJ, DUJ leaders Condemn police action on journos
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) have condemned the police action on journalists on the Dhaka University campus on Wednesday.
 arrow CA exam results
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh has published the results of the CA Intermediate and Final and Professional Examinations, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Split in Tigers widens
A split in Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels -- which could threaten moves to restart peace talks -- has widened with a renegade commander demanding a separate truce with the government, local media reported
 arrow Straw praises push for moderate Islam
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw yesterday hailed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's campaign for moderate Islam, as he urged Muslims and Westerners to break down misperceptions of each other.
 arrow Palestinian territories sealed off
Israel braced itself yesterday for possible revenge strikes by Hamas, sealing off the Palestinian territories after thousands of supporters of the hardline Islamist group held angry funerals for three
 arrow Sharon faces public backlash over scam
Battered by multiple scandals, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a fresh blow yesterday when an opinion poll in Israel's biggest newspaper showed that for the first time a majority of Israelis want
 arrow Looting goes on in Haiti
Partisans of exiled Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide looted a container port on the northern fringe of Port-au-Prince late Thursday as US and French patrols sought to enforce an overnight curfew
 arrow China to boost military strength
China will strengthen its military and build up its arsenal of high-tech weaponry, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said yesterday at the opening of the annual session of parliament.
 arrow Laden 'evaded Pakistani raid'
A local official in eastern Afghanistan says he has received credible reports that Osama Bin Laden escaped the recent Pakistani operation to catch him.
 arrow All 6 BJP MPs in Delhi to be renominated
All the six sitting BJP MPs in Delhi will be renominated but the same could not be said of the MPs in the rest of the country, party general Secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said yesterday.
 arrow US TV airs Diana tapes
Tapes on which Diana, Princess of Wales, tells of her attempts to commit suicide amid her marriage breakdown have been aired on US television.
 arrow 3 convicted of conspiring to wage war on US
Three men belonging to what the US government calls a "Virginia Jihad" were convicted here Thursday of conspiracy to wage war on America and provide material support to the Taliban, charges that carry
Editorialarrow Editorial: Journalists coming under increasing wrath
Journalists, photojournalists in particular, while covering campus events, have been routinely at the receiving end of Police-JCD wrath. This is outrageous, alarming and simply not acceptable any more.
 arrow Editorial: Kerry wraps it up
With sweeping victories in the Super Tuesday primaries followed by the withdrawal from the race of his sole remaining credible challenger, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is now the presumptive Democratic
 arrow The Israeli barrier and the future of Palestine
Disturbing reports continue to emerge from Palestine and its Occupied Territories.
 arrow Muslims' dilemma before elections
Muslims in India number between 130 and 140 million.
Letters to Editorarrow Ban hartal
It is said that a country gets the kind of leadership it deserves.
 arrow DU teachers' strike
The protest is spontaneous, angry and widespread. The despicable and heinous attack on Humayun Azad -- a professor of Dhaka University-- has puzzled the university community.
 arrow Opposition leader
I really wonder how can the leader of the opposition (claiming always to be on our side) threaten the government to "think twice before attacking lawbreakers" and say they "will have their turn".
Literaturearrow Responsibilities of a writer
The recent attack on writer-teacher Humayun Azad has focussed our attention on the right of freedom of expression, especially that of a writer, a right that is unquestioned in developed, mature societies.
 arrow A Stranger in My Native Land
In the first part of a two-part series 'Around Kumbun', Tenzig Sonam, a Tibetan poet and film-maker currently living in New York, goes inside a country he calls his home but does not recognize.
 arrow A TO Z, AZAD (for Humayun Azad)
Something is dying in us
and we watch in bewilderment;

it was perhaps the best thing
in us, and with all our niggling flaws
marked us still as human:

we thought the world
or at