Volume 4 Number 279 Wed. March 10, 2004    
Today's Index
Front Page
Letters to Editor
Write to Editor
Star Chittagong
Star City

About Us

Today's Index
Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Delhi agree on FTA talks resumption
Dhaka and Delhi have agreed to discuss India's river linking project and resume the stalled bilateral negotiation to sign a free trade agreement (FTA), official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Spiralling prices hit consumers hard
Prices of most essentials including soybean oil, lentil (masur), milk powder, battery chickens and flour continue to soar while onion and mutton prices fell in the last one week.
 arrow Khaleda asks AL to join JS, quit hartal
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated her call to Awami League (AL) for returning to parliament, giving up 'the way of hartal and destruction,' in order to sustain democracy and development.
 arrow Too poor to own even an ox...

 arrow Women's political empowerment elusive as ever
The decade-long desire for women's political empowerment ended in huge disappointment, as the government on Monday approved in principle the 14th amendment to the constitution reviving the provision of
 arrow Employers for fresh crackdown on crime
Bangladesh Employers' Federation (BEF) yesterday asked the government to launch another anticrime drive to improve law and order and protested a move to introduce a uniform national minimum wage.
 arrow Angry China warns of strained ties
Angry at the opening of an unofficial Taiwanese trade office in Dhaka, China has warned Bangladesh that such permission would definitely push the bilateral relationship between the two countries intojeopardy.
 arrow Initiate nat'l dialogue to restore order
Dr Kamal Hossain, who is spearheading a nationwide citizens campaign for healthy politics, yesterday asked the business community to initiate a national dialogue with an agenda of restoring law and order
 arrow HC rules extra bumpers must go in 30 days
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered removal of extra bumpers within 30 days from all vehicles that ply the city roads following a government petition for vacating a stay order issued on July 14 last
 arrow Gen Mustafiz serves notice on speaker, army chief
Former army chief Mustafizur Rahman has served a legal notice on Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar, chief of army staff and the chairman and members of a parliamentary body, challenging a recommendation forscrapping
 arrow Women groups slate move
Samajik Protirodh Committee, a forum of 34 women organisations, yesterday at a press conference firmly rejected the approval of the government's draft bill regarding women seats in parliament and called
 arrow New lease of life for burnt Shilpi
Doctors yesterday successfully operated on severely burnt and cash-strapped Shilpi Begum, who had been writhing in pain for her grave burns at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for over one and ahalf
 arrow BNP for no-hartal pact with AL
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday asked the main opposition to come to an agreement with it that hartal must not be called under any circumstances, echoing
 arrow 96-hr hartal if govt quits not by March
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday threatened to call hartals for up to four straight days if the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia does not quit office by the end of this month.
 arrow Tamil rebels reject amnesty offer
A breakaway faction of the Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday rejected a fresh amnesty offer to end their rift that has plunged Sri Lanka into new uncertainty over efforts to end a three-decade civil war.
 arrow Prime accused arrested
Police yesterday arrested the prime accused of the sensational Banshkhali carnage in which 11 members of a Hindu family were burnt to death on the night of November 18 last year.
 arrow Move to put civil servants in defunct local govt units slated
The Municipal Association of Bangladesh (Mab) yesterday expressed concern over a recent cabinet decision on appointing government officials in different local government bodies after abolishing thoseunits.
 arrow HC issues contempt rule against IGP
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and three other senior police officers to explain why contempt proceedings should not be drawn against them for ignoring
 arrow Two Rajshahi cops held for mugging
Two policemen were arrested yesterday on charge of mugging at Puthia in Rajshahi.
 arrow Azad's health remains stable
The health of injured writer Humayun Azad remained stable and he was still in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) till last night.
 arrow They are child labourers...

 arrow Krishak League leader in Ctg shot dead
Gunmen killed a leader of Krishak League (KL), a front organisation of the main opposition Awami League, at around dawn yesterday at Raozan upazila in the district.
 arrow Azad Mancha asks govt to meet demands
Humayun Azad Mancha, a platform to protest attack on Dr Humayun Azad, yesterday asked the government to meet its 13-point set of demands immediately.
 arrow Hotel manager shot in city
A gang yesterday shot and injured a hotel manager at Moghbazar in Ramna.

The gang went to Hotel Intercom in Moghbazar at about 11:00am and searched for hotel owner Mohammad Jahangir.

 arrow Workers sieve stones that rolled down the hills...

 arrow Pakistan testfires N-capable missile
Pakistan successfully testfired yesterday an intermediate-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile that it says can reach all the cities of neighbouring India.
 arrow Lalmoni Express detained for station demand
Locals yesterday held up Lalmoni Express for three hours from noon demanding stoppage at Bonarpara railway station for the recently introduced train.
 arrow Govt quarter robbed in Azimpur
Robbers yesterday vandalised furniture and looted cash, gold and valuables said to be worth about Tk 6 lakh from a government quarter at Azimpur in Lalbagh.
 arrow Ctg port to sell off 500 unclaimed containers
To free space for smooth loading and unloading in the Chittagong Port shed, the authorities have decided to put unclaimed 500 containers on auction that may fetch some Tk 200 crore.
 arrow 5 Guantanamo Britons head home
Five Britons jailed for more than two years at the U.S. Guantanamo base in Cuba headed home Tuesday -- posing anti-terror police a dilemma over whether to release them to families or keep them behindbars.
 arrow 50 VDP members food-poisoned
Fifty VDP officials fell sick, 13 of them critically, from food poisoning Monday.

Seventy-six Village Defence Party (VDP) officials of Rajshahi division came here on March 6 on a training programme.

 arrow 1 US soldier killed by roadside bomb
One US soldier was killed and another injured by a roadside bomb north of the Iraqi capital yesterday, a military spokeswoman said.
Businessarrow Banks write off Tk 4,758cr bad loans in 2003
In 2003, local and foreign banks operating in Bangladesh wrote off Tk 4,758 crore in bad loans out of the total about Tk 18,000 crore.
 arrow Exports up 28pc in Jan
Export earnings have registered a spectacular rise of 28.25 percent in January this year.

The export figure for January 2004 stood at $730 million, compared with $570 million for January 2003.

 arrow High initial cost retards solar energy development
Participants at a workshop yesterday observed lack of awareness and high initial installation cost are the main obstacles to development of PV (photovotalic) technology used for solar energy system.
 arrow Uttara Motors launches 3 new Suzuki vehicles
Uttara Motors Limited, a venture of Uttara Group and sole distributor of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation, launched two new Suzuki brand cars and a jeep in local market yesterday.
 arrow Seoul, Asean paving way for trade pacts
Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held the first round of exploratory talks in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday to study the feasibility of signing a free trade agreement between both sides,
 arrow Thai anti-privatisation protesters march on Govt House
Thousands of Thai anti-privatisation demonstrators marched on Government House Tuesday, demanding the government abandon its plans to sell off state enterprises which they fear will trigger mass layoffs.
 arrow Secretary extends suspension on 14 cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has extended the suspension on share trading of 14 companies for another 14 working days.
 arrow RAKUB's loan scheme to promote herbal nursery
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) has announced a special loan distribution programme for entrepreneurs to establish herbal nurseries.
 arrow Citibank seminar on forex risk management held in KL
Citibank NA, Bangladesh organised a three-day seminar on 'Foreign Exchange Risk Management' in Kuala Lumpur recently.
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined "NYK Line (BD) hosts first ever Shipper's Nite" published on this page yesterday it was stated that NYK Line (Bangladesh) Ltd, a subsidiary of NYK Line, is operating in Bangladesh
 arrow Worldwide steel scrap shortage hits US, parts of Asia
A worldwide steel scrap shortage, largely created by massive Chinese demand, is creating "havoc" for US industries and forcing emergency action to cap prices in parts of Asia.
Sportsarrow Football: Fallen giants' closing acts
It was the kind of season they would wish will never return but the country's two biggest names Abahani and Mohammedan still had some unfinished business to attend yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricketers cross border today
Brisk preparations are underway to welcome Indian cricketers arriving Wednesday for the first showdown on Pakistani soil in 14 years with many people hoping it will spur the bilateral peace process.
 arrow Cricket: Passions run high
India is the flavour of the month in Pa-kistan as the South Asian neighbours put aside their political differences to resume what is regarded as the ultimate rivalry in cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar to play with back pain
Little master Sachin Ten-dulkar has a stiff back but there was no uncertainty over his trip to Pakistan, as the problem was very minor.

"Sachin (Tendulkar) has a stiff back.

 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's victory pledge
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly Tuesday said India will win both the one-day international and Test series in Pakistan who will be under pressure because of playing at home.
 arrow Cricket: Delightful Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed a superb century as Sri Lanka surged into a strong position against Australia in the opening cricket Test here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sun shines over Harare 3rd ODI today
It appears that rain will finally show mercy when Bangladesh attempt to play their third one-day match against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club ground today.
 arrow Football: Youngmen's, Farashganj back to top
Youngmen's Club Fakirepool returned to the top flight after a season in the First Division Football League when they handed Wari Club a 2-0 defeat at the Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cables might pull the plug
Tens of millions of cricket fans across India could miss the frenzy of the looming clash with Pakistan because of a fees dispute between a Dubai-based television channel and cable operators.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Shafik Smriti Sangsad defeated Sunrise Sporting Club 2-1 in the Econo First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

First half ended 2-0.

 arrow Cricket: All-round milestones
New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns and South African rival Shaun Pollock will Wednesday go into a three Test series knowing they could both make the elite 3000-run, 300-wicket double.
 arrow Football: Forget home advantage
High-flying Arsenal face a test of their European Champions League credentials when they face Celta Vigo at Highbury on Wednesday in a bid to claim a place in the quarter finals.
 arrow Football: An MU-Arsenal semi
English Premiership leaders Arsenal were drawn against champions Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies name new age bowlers
The West Indies look set to field an inexperienced four-pronged pace attack in the first Test against England which gets underway here on Thursday.
 arrow Bodybuilding meet held
The Silk Line bodybuilding competition organised by the Chittagong Mahanagari Krira Sangstha (CMKS) ended at the local Dampara Police Lines ground on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim A arrive today
The Zimbabwe A team arrives in Dhaka today to play two four-day and five limited-overs matches against their Bangladesh counterparts.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees joins Ctg Abahani
On the opening day of the inter-club cricketers' transfer a total of 21 players changed their allegiance when the five-day bourse got underway at the Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) office hereon
 arrow Cricket: M'sing cricket
County Club defeated Shapla Krira Chakra by 47 runs in the Navana Premier Division Cricket League at the Circuit House ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BSFNA cricket
Ambagan Chatai Places Dot Com (ACPDC) moved into the semifinal of the Bangladesh Sports Foundation of North America (BSFNA) cricket tournament beating Jubo Cricket Academy-B by five-wicket at the Rajshahi
 arrow Football: DC Cup soccer
Dinajpur outplayed Sirajganj 3-0 in the Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament held at Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.

Rubel made hattrick.

Pabna will face Rajshahi today.

Metropolitanarrow Send Azad abroad by Mar 14 for treatment
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) has exempted all the traditional and course final examinations from their strike but vowed to continue work abstention programme until their demands are met.
 arrow Rupsha bridge to open by May next year, hopes Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said it would be possible to formally inaugurate the Rupsha bridge in April or May next year if present flow of construction works continue unabated.
 arrow Dhaka believes in 'one China' policy: Tariqul
Information Minister Tariqul Islam said here yesterday that Bangladesh believes in 'one China 'policy.

He said China is a tested friend of Bangladesh.

 arrow Fraud case against DG of Manpower, 21 others
A fraud case was filed against director general of Manpower, Employment and Training Bureau, Dhaka and 21 others with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court, Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda to visit Rajshahi tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will visit Rajshahi tomorrow to lay the foundations of Nawhata bridge on Rajshahi-Naogaon road, a women teachers' training college and a jute mill.
 arrow British Council library closed Mar 13-Apr 17
British Council's main library here will remain closed from March 13 to April 17 for renovation work, says a press release.
Nationalarrow PDB's costly equipment free for thieves!
Towers, poles, heavy wire and other costly equipment worth over Tk 10 crore have been stolen from the unused 30-km Horogram-Godagari power line in Rajshahi.
 arrow A private initiative benefits thousands of farmers
People of 10 villages in Assassuni upazila are now alive with new hopes following reconstruction of about half a kilometre embankment along the Kholpetua river at Balabaria village.
 arrow 'Realise water share from India before starting Teesta Project-2'
Work on the second phase of Teesta Irrigation Project begins soon with a question mark from water resources experts.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) allocated Tk 11.67.

 arrow Half-day hartal in Manikganj, barricade on highway today
A half-day hartal has been called today in Manikganj district in demand for the proposed Padma bridge at Daulatdia.

The Dhaka-Aricha highway will also be off-limits to transports today.

 arrow 50 PSTU students, teacher hurt
At last 50 students including some girls and one teacher of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) were injured yesterday in a clash with transport and ferry workers at Dopdapia ferry terminal,
 arrow SSC exam: Schoolteacher expelled
A schoolteacher has been expelled for helping a student in copying during SSC examination.
 arrow BNP man held for stamp forgery freed within hrs
Release of a FIR-named accused within hours of his arrest has created a sensation in the town.
 arrow 11 highwaymen held in Comilla
Eleven highwaymen were caught red-handed on Dhaka-Chittagong highway by a hotel employee in Jour Kanon area here on Monday.
 arrow Rampal Jubo Dal leader arrested from Rupsha
A Rampal Jubo Dal leader was arrested from Rupsha on Saturday night.

The arrested is Monir Talukdar,30, general secretary of Rampal Jubo Dal.

 arrow 3 killed in clash over land in Bhola, Bakerganj
Three persons were killed and six injured in clashes in land dispute in Bhola and Bakerganj upazila in Barisal on Monday.
 arrow 24 kg hemp seized
BDR seized 24 kilograms of hemp and 11,000 tablets used as drug from bordering areas of the district during a recent anti-smuggling drive, BDR sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Living a quality retired life
As people in general are being more conscious and careful about their healthcare and food intake and thus to live longer, efforts are equally being made for a quality old and retired life.
 arrow Campaign finance in US elections
It is not altogether clear to most people how the politicians have so much money to conduct the massive campaigns during election time. Most of the time, money comes from donations.
Culturearrow Of boats, birds and beautiful women
Yesterday was the 70th birthday of eminent artist Qayyum Chowdhury.
 arrow Ikebana: enhancing the beauty of flowers
The Embassy of Japan and Dosokai Ikebana School recently organised an Ikebana competition and demonstration by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana at the BRAC Centre, Mohakhali.
 arrow Happy Times International school celebrates its Silver Jubilee
Happy Times International School celebrated its 25th year of functioning at an impressive cultural function held at the Shaheed Zia auditorium of National Museum recently.
 arrow Spielberg 'our second Schindler'
Steven Spielberg says making Schindler's List changed his life.

He isn't the only one. Holocaust survivor Celina Biniaz says that before the movie, she was unable to speak of her experience.

 arrow Patrick Stewart blasts Kill Bill for female violence
British thespian Patrick Stewart has blasted movies like Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill--for helping to "stereotype violent attitudes of men to women".
Generalarrow Sit-in for revoking decision to privatise train service
Railway workers and employees staged a sit-in outside the Railway Bhaban yesterday to press for revoking a government decision to privatise the inter-district train service.
 arrow Declare Mawa site for Padma bridge
The Movement Steering Committee to Implement Padma Bridge at Mawa yesterday demanded that the government declare Mawa the site for construction of Padma bridge along with rail tracks by today.
 arrow Drug trafficking, arms smuggling dominate talks
The Myanmar Ambassador U Thane Myint called on Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury at his office here yesterday.
 arrow JU admission tests schedule published
The schedule of admission tests for first year honours courses in Jahangirnagar University (JU) under 2003-04 academic session was published yesterday.
 arrow Nari Unnayan Shakti observes Women's Day
The Nari Unnayan Shakti (Women's power for development) observed the International Women's Day on Monday with discussion, workshop and cultural programme, says a press release.
 arrow Scholarships for BOU students
South Asia Foundation, a leading international NGO, will provide 1000 scholarships for the Post-Graduate and Vocational Learners of Bangladesh Open University during 2004-2005 academic session.
 arrow DU exams postponed
The marketing department of Dhaka University has postponed all term-final examinations up to March 15 for unavoidable reasons.
 arrow Udayan Chy dead
Ismail Hossain, noted screenwriter and organiser of the liberation war, died at his residence in the city on Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 87, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Constitution celebration turns violent: 3 killed
Three Iraqis, including one woman, were killed and 20 others injured in ethnic clashes in northern Iraq on Monday after a celebration of the signing of an interim constitution turned violent, police said.
 arrow 'China on verge of pact to build Pak nuke plant'
China is on the verge of agreeing with Islamabad to build a second nuclear plant in Pakistan for civilian use, underlining the close cooperation between the atomic neighbours, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Indo-Pak peace hopes at half-century high
Prospects for peace between India and Pakistan are at a half-century high amid a border truce and renewed talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours, the Indian government's representative in disputed
 arrow US presidential race takes nasty tone
The race for the White House heated up Monday with President George W.
 arrow US to be sensitive to Asian concerns over tough security laws
US Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge pledged here yesterday that Washington will be sensitive to Asian concerns over the impact of US restrictions on travel, immigration and student entry.
 arrow Confrontation on HR will lead nowhere
China yesterday issued a blunt pre-emptive strike against potential plans by the United States to sponsor a UN resolution criticising its human rights record, saying such a move would lead nowhere.
 arrow 'US using nuke talks to prepare for war'
North Korea accused the United States yesterday of preparing for "a new war behind the curtain of talks" as Seoul and Washington set in motion plans for joint military exercises later this month.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Women's space in parliament
This is an anti-climactic disappointment bordering on betrayal of the women's cause.
 arrow Editorial: Alternative dispute resolution
We agree fully with chief justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain who opined that Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) being cheaper and speedier than the traditional justice system, can largely mitigate the sufferings
 arrow Public universities in peril
The public universities (PUs) in Bangladesh, to say the least perhaps, are now in peril. Almost in all the universities, classes are not being held regularly.
 arrow Understanding globalisation and economic development
Debates on globalisation tend to elicit vehemently extreme views on its economic impact. Such discussions are frequently followed by related, and confusing, debates on trade policy and economic development.
 arrow Attack on Humayun Azad: Contemplations
Robaet Ferdous, Tazin Aziz Chowdhury, Md. Nuruzzaman, Bimal Barua, Hakim Arif, Salma Chowdhury, Ashfaque Hossain, Shantanau Majumder, Gobinda Chakrabarty, Aksadul Alam, Md.
Letters to Editorarrow Story of police
I thank TIB for conducting a survey on trustworthiness of our law enforcers and publishing their findings at a time when the image of police has been lowered beyond measure.
 arrow Cricket
Though time consuming cricket is an interesting, sporting and excellent game for all, the players as well as spectators, young and old.
 arrow Bangladeshi Oligarchs
I could not believe my eyes when I read the number of luxurious cars sold at the capital in the last two years since their arrival in Bangladesh.
 arrow Trial of Saddam
Iraq, a great nation in the history of human civilisation, has now been reduced to ruins. Its president Saddam Hussain failed to earn the trust of Iraqi people because of his undemocratic rule in thecountry.
 arrow Dhanmondi Road 3/A
I am a resident of Dhanmondi Road 3/A. The road was known for its tranquillity and the dignity of the people dwelling there. We could play or walk on the broad street in the evening.
 arrow 'Scholar' civil servants?
I have gone through a news item published in "The Daily Star" on March 4 which said that the government has taken up a plan of Tk.
 arrow DU teachers' protest
There is no doubt that the attack on writer Humayun Azad is a shame for the whole nation.
 arrow Is opposition right ?
Every time there is a problem, we shout at the government for failing.
 arrow Alcohol consumption
I was shocked to read on BBC online last week that alcoholic beverages were being manufactured and sold in Bangladesh as 'malt beverages', exploiting a legal loophole, and that the manufacturers/distributors
 arrow Student wings
Often newspapers refer to 'student wings' of political parties. Having observed the behaviour of these outfits, we have to conclude that there is little 'student' about them.
 arrow Finance minister's observation
Our finance minister's sermon "You build costly houses but demand cheap food, that's not reasonable" drew my attention.
 arrow What a joke!
It seems there are numerous organisations to protect the journalists from violence and repression but very few to speak for the ordinary people; people who are not in power, who have no intention of being
 arrow Karail fire and NGO's
On March 4, a fire broke out in Karail, a slum under Gulshan Police station in Dhaka. Thousands of shanties were gutted and about 10,000 people were affected.
 arrow We salute him
The first class magistrate, who has set an example of dedication to public service, deserves a round of applause.
StarTecharrow HP reveals the science of original printing solutions
CLICKING the 'Print' button does get your desired printout from the printer

but doesn't tell us much about the science involved in the printing and the mystified interaction of the ink and the paper.

 arrow Virus alarm
RECENT research found that Asia is one of the most virus-threatened regions.
 arrow Oracle highlights Linux for the year ahead
Against a backdrop of strong customer momentum across key industries in 2003, Oracle Asia Pacific heads into the new year with compelling offerings in the strategic areas of grid technology, Linux and
Star Chittagongarrow Cabinet meet in Ctg uncertain
The much expected cabinet meeting in the port city has become uncertain as the government deferred its date for several times, sources said.
 arrow Arduous journey keeps Sandwip away
Arduous journey through difficult tracks and waterways deprived of any touch of development keeps Sandwip, an offshore island, isolated and detached from the mainstream of Chittagong.
Star Cityarrow Groundwater drops to alarming level
The groundwater level in much of the city dropped up to 24 metres in nine years since 1996, bringing about a crisis in water output.
 arrow Shop owners to protest law and order downslide, frequent hartal
Shop owners will form a human chain from Dainik Bangla crossing to Shapla roundabout in Motijheel on March 22 in the build-up to a broad movement against law and order downslide and general strikes that
 arrow Spices laced in toxic colourants
The increasing demand of powdered spices rather than home-made spices has given rise to commercial production as well as adulteration.
 arrow Medical negligence often goes unchallenged
Surgeons often go unpunished for medical negligence simply because no mechanism is in force to verify allegations.
 arrow DCC cancels deal with private operator
An initiative of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to improve passengers' service by private operators at Sayedabad and Mohakhali bus terminals fizzled out and extortionists are now taking tolls from buses.
 arrow Steps to study solid waste management plan for city
With the slogan 'Clean Dhaka-Green Dhaka' the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has initiated preparation of the master plan on solid waste management.

The study costing Tk 13.