Volume 4 Number 284 Mon. March 15, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Vow to save country from criminalised politics
A national convention of politicians, lawmakers, journalists, lawyers and NGO leaders yesterday formed a national platform for unity to press a 17-point demand to head off 'criminalised politics' andestablish
 arrow Taiwan office to be shut down if it indulges in politics, diplomacy
Bangladesh yesterday assured China that it would close the Taiwanese liaison office in Dhaka, if it finds proof of its involvement in political and diplomatic activities.
 arrow Int'l community worried over political situation
The international community is concerned about the political situation in Bangladesh, said visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Torkel L Patterson yesterday.
 arrow Does the PM really believe in democracy?
Slowly but surely (some people will argue, not so slowly) the BNP is destroying public faith in its democratic credentials.
 arrow 11 students' bodies recovered from Bay
Navy rescue divers recovered the bodies of nine architecture students of Khulna University (KU) and two mechanical engineering students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) who
 arrow JB targets top 50 defaulters
Janata Bank (JB) has decided to go tough on its top 50 loan defaulters who together hold Tk 818 crore out of the bank's total Tk 2,200-crore default loan.
 arrow Justify 4th, 5th amendments to constitution
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government, the BNP-led four-party alliance and Awami League to show cause why the fourth and fifth amendments to the constitution pertaining to the
 arrow Law, order improvement, curb on graft key to fighting poverty: Saifur
Poverty alleviation measures can never witness success without improved law and order and curb on corruption, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda reasserts pledge to improve armed forces
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reaffirmed her government's commitment to continuing its efforts to modernise and build up the country's armed forces, as she formally hoisted the standard of a new
 arrow Powell's S Asia tour this week
The hunt for Osama bin Laden, Pakistan's nuclear proliferation, Indo-Pakistani peace talks and Afghanistan's nascent democracy top Secretary of State Colin Powell's agenda as he visits South Asia this
 arrow Tigers lose Series fighting
Zimbabwe contrived to lose their top six wickets for 12 runs in 31 balls but held firm to deny Bangladesh their maiden one-day series victory yesterday.
 arrow 4 more US soldiers killed in Iraq
Four American soldiers died in two bomb explosions in Baghdad, the coalition said yesterday, raising to six the number of US forces killed in roadside bombs this weekend.
 arrow Jalil believes govt to fall by April 30
Rejecting the government's offer for dialogue, Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday reiterated his party's stand to topple the BNP-led alliance government by April this year.
 arrow State minister concerned at rising crimes in Keraniganj
State Minister for Labour and Employment Amanullah Aman yesterday expressed his deep concern at the rising crime incidents in Keraniganj.
 arrow Dhaka expresses concern at UNSCD meet
Bangladesh expressed its grave concern over India's proposed inter-river linking project at United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) meeting in Paris.
 arrow 15pc suppl duty cut
The government has withdrawn 15 percent supplementary duty on imported bulk powdered milk in a bid to slash its prices, a National Board of Revenue (NBR) statement said yesterday.
 arrow Suicide attacks leave 10 dead in Israel
Two suicide attackers exploded bombs at the Israeli seaport of Ashdod yesterday, killing 10 bystanders and wounding at least 18.
 arrow Tape claims al-Qaeda link
In a videotaped message, a man purporting to represent al-Qaeda claims the terrorist network was behind bombings that killed 200 and wounded 1,500 in Madrid, the Spanish interior minister said early yesterday.
 arrow JS resumes Session tomorrow
The Jatiya Sangsad resumes its session tomorrow at 4:30pm after an 11-day recess, but the main opposition is unbent on its boycott decision despite the government's effort to resolve the stalemate.
 arrow Murder of Watch Seller Family, colleagues clueless
Traders of the city's Patuatuli's watch market will form a human chain on Patuatuli Road at noon today protesting the recent murder of fellow trader Rezaul Karim Selim.
 arrow 2 killed in accidents
Two persons were killed in separate accidents in Gulistan and Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Defamation suit against Prothom Alo adjourned
The High Court yesterday adjourned proceedings of a defamation suit against the Prothom Alo's Editor Motiur Rahman, Magura Correspondent Kabir Hossain, and Publisher Mahfuz Anam, said a press release.
 arrow Tk 1 crore goods stolen from travel agency
Air tickets, passports with visa and cash reportedly, in all, worth over Tk 1 crore were stolen from a travel agency at Old Telegraph Office Road in Hazari Gali under Kotwali thana yesterday.
 arrow Man nabbed at ZIA for cheating Tk 3cr
Police arrested a man at Zia International Airport (ZIA) last night on charge of swindling about Tk 3 crore from some businessmen of Motijheel, Dhaka.
 arrow 2 women 'take life' in city
Two women allegedly committed suicide at Sutrapur in the capital yesterday.
Businessarrow Invest in infrastructure to rescue RMG
Bangladesh needs to invest more in infrastructure and backward linkage industry to help readymade garments face post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement) challenges, speakers observed at a workshop in Dhakayesterday.
 arrow Trading of new securities under CDS from May 2
Electronic settlement of share trading under central depository system (CDS) of some new securities will begin on May 2.
 arrow Promote labour intensive sectors to cut poverty
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for promoting labour intensive sectors like poultry, food processing, tea, ship-breaking, jute and textile to help reduce poverty.
 arrow Trading of new securities under CDS from May 2
Electronic settlement of share trading under central depository system (CDS) of some new securities will begin on May 2.
 arrow Khosru for lower interest rate to survive in export market
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday called for reducing financial service charges including interest on lending to six or seven percent to make the country's products competitivein
 arrow 5-year policy for producing all kinds of seeds soon
The government is going to formulate a five-year policy for producing all kinds of hybrid seeds domestically to meet growing demand in the country.
 arrow MS rod price hike Price adjustment of govt contracts demanded
Contractors have appealed to the government for price adjustment for the contracts awarded before price hike of MS rod.
 arrow Concord, BPC sign deal to develop Foy's Lake
Foy's Lake in Chittagong will be developed as an attractive tourist spot under private management.
 arrow Dutch catalogue show in Dhaka from Saturday
A two-day Dutch catalogue show begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Saturday.
 arrow Janata Bank takes step to remit money from Greece
Janata Bank has stepped up its efforts to increase the flow of remittance to Bangladesh from Greece.
 arrow India to have new wholesale price index
India is preparing to have a revised series of the index of wholesale prices (WPI) with an updated base year.
 arrow WTO prepares to resume deadlocked trade talks
Six months after a World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting broke up in disarray in Cancun member states are about to resume global trade liberalisation talks by tackling one of the toughest issues:
Sportsarrow Cricket: Cricket takes a bow
If cricket needed to convince itself it was in robust health, it need not look further than the remarkable week just gone by.
 arrow Cricket: India savours the success
India savoured its sensational cricket win over Pakistan with newspapers Sunday providing ac-res of coverage and a politician suggesting ties could further improve if the Indian premier travelled to Lahore
 arrow Cricket: Sporting Karachi crowd
Police and se-curity officials were relieved Sunday after thousands of fans in restive Karachi beha-ved themselves when India pulled off a sensational win over Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis mark before draw
Jacques Kallis carved his name in cricket folklore here Sunday with his fifth century in consecutive Tests, brightening an otherwise uneventful final day of the drawn cricket Test between South Africa
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe A win emphatically
Bangladesh under-23 cricketers suffered a huge 223-run defeat in their three-day warm-up match as visiting Zimbabwe A got their tour off to a winning start yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique sent home early
Left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique was ordered to fly home from Zimbabwe before the fifth and final one-day match at the Harare Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England into the lead
England edged ahead by just 28 runs on first innings on a rain-affected third day of the first Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Now it's Murali's turn
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan is set to join history-making Australian spinner Shane Warne in the elite 500-wicket club in the second Test starting here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC warns England
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has warned England that they could lose the right to host the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Slow over rates cost Sourav, Inzamam
Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq have been fined 20 per cent of their match fees for slow over rates in the first one-day international.
 arrow Cricket: BSFNA cricket
Jubo Cricket School advanced to final of the Bangladesh Sports Foundation of North America (BSFNA) Cricket tournament beating Padma Ambagan Chati Palace Dot Com (ACPDC) by 64 runs at the Rajshahi Collage
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Paikpara Cricket Club and Kazipara Cricket Club won their respective matches in the Dana Mia Cup cricket tournament at the Eidgah playground yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Navy athletics
Hosts BNS Issa Khan finished champions and BNS Titumir runners-up respectively when the annual athletic championship of the Bangladesh Navy ended on Friday.
 arrow Chess: Javed shares 2nd spot
Mohammad Javed shared second position with 5 points after the end of the sixth round games of the second Parsvnath International Rating Chess tournament in New Delhi on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: WI 47 all out
West Indies were all out for 47 in their second innings on the fourth day of the first Test against England at Sabina Park on Sunday.

England require 20 to win.

 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Shafik Smriti Sangsad outplayed Satyapur Jubo Sangha 5-0 in the Econo First-Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

First half ended 1-0.

 arrow Football: Real draw on sombre day
Real Madrid dropped points at the Bernabeu for only the second time this season when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Real Zaragoza on Saturday in a game overshadowed by this week's bomb attacks in the
 arrow Football: Gunners march closer
Arsenal marched another step closer to reclaiming the English Premiership title on Saturday as Leicester ended a tumultuous week on a high by escaping from the relegation zone.
 arrow Football: Bremen running away
Werder Bremen appear to have one hand on the German championship after moving nine points clear of holders Bayern Munich with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Cologne on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Becks not interested
David Beckham has dismissed speculation that he is on the verge of a multi-million pound move back to England as "rubbish" and insisted he wants to see out the remaining three and a half years of hisReal
Metropolitanarrow 2 criminals die of mob beating
Two more criminals, injured in mob a beating, died at Khulna Medical College Hospital prison cell Saturday night.
 arrow 9 shops gutted in city
Fire gutted nine shops at Nandipara bazar under Sabujbagh thana in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
Nationalarrow Milon's hops raises hopes
It is a quite different scene at Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination centres in Nilphamari and Gaibandha.
 arrow Probe into alleged scam by PSTU VC begins
A three-members government audit team on Saturday began probe into alleged corruption and financial irregularities done by Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Prof A
 arrow 'BNP Whip involved in Pirojpur LGED tender scandal'
The group of contractors of Barisal, who were assaulted ,injured and prevented from dropping tender at Pirojpur on March 11 for LGED work alleged that Whip Shahidul Huq Jamal was directly involved inthe
 arrow Tiger kills fisherman, 2 others abducted by pirates in Sundarbans
A fisherman was killed and another injured seriously by a Royal Bengal tiger in Atharobeki canal in the Sundarbans on Saturday.
 arrow Hindu temple, caretaker's house torched in Gaibandha for toll
Failing to realise toll, local hoodlums torched a Hindu temple along with the house of its caretaker and ransacked six dwellings, injuring at least 15 people in the attack.
 arrow Bid to abduct schoolgirl foiled in Barisal
A bid to abduct a girl student from the Ziaur Rahman Girls'High School campus at Palaspur in Amanatganj here was foiled jointly by local people, guardians, teachers and students on Saturday.
 arrow RU admission test result will be available on website
The Rajshahi University authorities on Saturday published information regarding admission test in 2003-'04 session.

Admission test information will be available on the website www.ru.ac.

 arrow Seminar on journalism
A seminar on ' Idea Exchange on Recent Trends in Journalism' was held at the departmental classroom on Saturday.
 arrow Four rapists get life in Rangpur
Four rapists were awarded life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in absentia by a court here on Saturday.

The convicts are: Altaf, Sattar, Shah Alam and Hasem Ali.

 arrow Acid thrown on teenage girl
A teenage girl received severe burn injuries in an acid attack by miscreants at Atulia village in Shyamnagar upazila on Friday night.
 arrow Buses off Gobindaganj-Dinajpur road
Buses went off the Gobindaganj-Dinajpur road on Saturday following a clash between passengers and transport workers near Mohonpur bridge in Fulbari upazila.
 arrow RU teachers for Prof Azad's treatment abroad
A total of 231 Rajshahi University (RU) teachers in a statement on Saturday urged the government to take immediate steps for Dhaka University teacher and prominent writer Professor Humayun Azad's treatment
 arrow Husband 'kills wife' in Bogra
A housewife named Anowara Begum was killed allegedly by her husband at Bilsoralia village in Gabtoli upazila here on Saturday.
 arrow Reception to 55 Freedom fighters in B'baria
Fifty-five valiant freedom fighters were awarded crests at a reception accorded to them by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) at Ustad Alauddin Sarad Mancha here on Thursday.
 arrow CUTA unhappy at Syndicate's response to its demands
The Executive Committee of Chittagong University Teachers Association (CUTA) at its emergency meeting on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction that the Syndicate at its March 7 meeting "ignored" most ofits
 arrow Abducted cloth trader rescued in Kishoreganj
A cloth trader, abducted from Uttara in Dhaka on March 8, was rescued in Kishoreganj on Saturday.
 arrow Main accused in Talpatro murder case nabbed
The main accused in goldsmith Gautom Talpatro murder case, Anwar Hossain Anar, has been arrested from Brahmabaria railway station on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Attacks a threat to democracy'
Rajshahi Bar Association on Saturday condemned attacks on former President of Bangladesh Badruddoza Chowduhry, prominent writer Humayun Azad and Internationally reputed lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain recently.
Culturearrow 'Oh dear, Oh dear, I'll be too late!' cried the White Rabbit
Alice, the famous character from the fairy tale 'Alice in Wonderland', came to Dhaka recently.
 arrow François Ozon retrospective
Zahir Raihan Film Society has organised a retrospective of the young French filmmaker François Ozon.
 arrow Terrifying tales on ATN Bangla
People no longer believe in ghosts, especially in this era of scientific and technological hype. And it's long since science has established ghosts as nonentities.
Generalarrow No sign of an end to DU stalemate
There is no sign of an end to current stalemate at Dhaka University as the teachers continued their class boycott yesterday.
 arrow Regular dialogues can resolve all: Sikri
Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri yesterday observed that all disputes between Dhaka and Delhi could be resolved through regular dialogues and discussions.
 arrow Five to die for killing farmer
A court yesterday awarded five people, four in absentia, to death sentence for killing a peasant for a piece of land at Mahmudpur in Fatulla.
 arrow Indigenous people demand return of acquired farmland
Indigenous people of Dinajpur yesterday protested what they called unlawful acquisition of their farmland by forest officials in the name of the government's social forestry project.
 arrow One killed as BDR opens fire on mob
One was killed and six others were injured as Bangladesh Riffles (BDR) members opened fire on an unruly mob at Monirampur upazila in Jessore Saturday night.
 arrow Appeal for help
Dibbo, a playful boy of five, is now weak, restless and coiled owing to stomach pain followed by the enlargement of liver and weak spleen, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Spain votes after trauma of train bombings
Spain went to polls yesterday with political certainties shattered by deadly train bombings and a purported al-Qaeda claim of responsibility.
 arrow Pressure mounts for interim Iraq govt
Pressure to finalise plans for a caretaker government to run Iraq from July mounted yesterday as a senior White House official visited Baghdad and protests by disgruntled Iraqis continued.
 arrow DPRK got N-tech from Pak scientist: CIA
A new US classified intelligence report details for the first time the extent to which Pakistan's Khan Research Laboratories provided North Korea with all the equipment and technology it needed to produce
 arrow BJP names its first list of polls candidates
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh are among the candidates for Lok Sabha announced by BJP in its first list released
 arrow Iran rules out quitting nuclear treaty
Iran could revise the level of its cooperation with the international nuclear watchdog but does not envisage pulling out the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi
 arrow Iraq war gave boost to terrorism: Blix
The US-led war on Iraq has spurred terrorism instead of combatting it as intended, the former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said in remarks published yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ugly wrath turned on dissent
The attacks on M A Mannan's house, businesses and factories in the wake of his resignation from the ruling BNP and joining an alternative political forum only show that we still have a long way to gobefore
 arrow Editorial: MPs' incorrigible default
It is the same olds news.
 arrow An efflorescent spring in Indo-Pak relations!
Notwithstanding a confrontational posture adopted by each the discerning observers of South Asian affairs seldom missed a subtle undercurrent of love-hate relationship between the region's two arch-rivals.
 arrow Vajpayee for facade, Advani for PM?
The one thing the BJP cannot be accused of is lack of energy. It has been in campaign mode for almost three months. It concocted, and dressed up, its "achievements" through a Rs.
 arrow Wind turbines and poverty alleviation
One of the leading Bangla-deshi English dailies reported on 12 March 2004 that the Government of Bangladesh is planning to install a total of four 225 KW wind turbines in the country by July 2004. Mr.
 arrow Obscenity in satellite TV programmes
The effect of slow poison is exactly that, slow but deadly because poison is fatal. The issue of obscene dance videos is very serious.
Letters to Editorarrow Third force
With the coming re-polls after the resignation of Mahi and Mannan from their JS seats, they are including their leader Dr. B Chowdhury, the cynosure of all eyes.
 arrow Blocking the alternative force
Former President Dr. Badruddoza Chowdhury--the man or icon initiating the alternative political force in Bangladesh-- was harassed on the way to the scheduled meeting at Muktangan on March 11.
 arrow Well played Bangladesh!
Bangladesh have at last won the 3rd ODI against Zimbabwe at Harare. It was really a dream for Bangladeshis which has come true after a long wait.
 arrow General Niazi
The historical picture of signing of the 'surrender document' by Lt General Amir Abdullah Niazi and Lt General Jagjit Singh Aurora on 16 December, 1971 at Dhaka Race Course is very popular and knownto
 arrow Israeli walls
Israel's decision of constructing a fencing wall in the West Bank is clearly a violation of international law and human rights.
 arrow War on terror
To claim a divine, or any other, right to occupy an already occupied land on the basis of an old book and religion, or on any other basis, is a height of absurdity and arrogance.
 arrow Who will be the next US president?
With colossal wastage and extravaganza of untold billions and billions of dollars; US troops bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq; blind support to Israeli atrocities on the Palestinians; spread of international
 arrow DU teachers' strike
I fully agree with the views expressed by Wahid Choudhury in his letter "DU teachers' protest". The attack on Dr.
 arrow Political methodology
The other day I found on the drawing room table a photocopy of a textbook on Methodology in Research, taught in a private university, as used by a student.
 arrow Dreams of expatriates
I was born in Bangladesh a year before it gained independence at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives, including those of many of the most talented people of the country at the time.
 arrow Doctored meters
The introduction of CNG vehicles was welcome by the city dwellers despite having different questions in mind.
 arrow Alien at home
I have confined myself within the room. My relatives, friends insist on my visiting them. I was scared, 1971 flashed through my mind.
 arrow Invasion of Dhanmondi !
My thanks to Badal Hasib for his letter to the editor on March 10.
Star Cityarrow Strong population, weak fund
Dhaka National Zoo is not only struggling to contain the herds of ferocious carnivores within the heavily eroded cages, it is in a fix over accommodating rising population of tigers, lions and hippos.
 arrow Empty nest syndrome creeps into city life
It took a very long time for Ayesha Rahman (not her real name), a widow living in Dhanmondi, to come to terms with 'empty nest syndrome'.
 arrow Who will bell the cat ?
A gang sells counterfeit tickets to patients at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), but authorities could not head off the racket despite repeated anti-fraud measures.
 arrow Who is to Blame?

 arrow An old market in bad shape
Shop owners at the Karwan Bazar DIT Market have rejected the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) plan to increase monthly rent.

"The DCC has decided to raise the rent to Tk.

 arrow New life for Duronto
'Duronto' at Shishu Academy premises is having final touches done to its repairs after it was hit by nor'wester bringing down the statue eight months ago.
 arrow Stop this nuisance
Sidewalks reek of open-air urinals, causing discomfort to pedestrians, but squatters, drifters and roving traders are left with the lone option, as public toilets are a few.