Volume 4 Number 297 Mon. March 29, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Shredded bodies of trader, son found
The bodies of a missing Old Dhaka businessman and his son were found in 200 pieces in Gazipur yesterday in one of the most grisly murders over the years, sending shock waves through the city.
 arrow US for alliance govt to run full term
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday said the US government would like to see political stability in Bangladesh with the ruling BNP-led alliance government running its full term.
 arrow Govt plans swoop on conspiracy theory
The government is likely to launch a massive crackdown on opposition activists and 'identified criminals' in Dhaka as intelligence agencies reported a 'heinous conspiracy' aimed at creating lawlessness
 arrow Power, water crises dog Dhaka, set to worsen
A crippling, pre-summer water and power crisis is now dogging Dhaka with authorities warning of things taking a turn for the worse in the days ahead.
 arrow It's coalition that has 'blueprint' for killing: Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it is the BNP-Jamaat government, not her Awami League party, which has a "blueprint" to kill political leaders, intellectuals, conscious section of society
 arrow Higher edn relegated to a lower position
The budgetary share for higher education has gone down over the last 10 years despite a 60 percent increase in university enrolment during the same period.
 arrow Businessmen target of terror
Country's top business group yesterday warned against a "reign of terror" targeting entrepreneurs after the headless bodies of two of their colleagues who went missing two days ago were found by police.
 arrow AL forms 22km no-trust shield in Dhaka tomorrow
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will form a 22-kilometre no-confidence human shield in Dhaka tomorrow demanding resignation of the ruling coalition for what it said was absolute failure of the government
 arrow Altaf says he'll be 'equally successful' in his new job
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday claimed that he was 'very successful in running the home ministry' and predicted that 'he will be equally successful in running the commerce ministry'.
 arrow Arab League talks postponed
A two-day summit of Arab leaders due to open yesterday has been postponed indefinitely by host country Tunisia.
 arrow Sehwag on song
Virender Sehwag hit a career-best 228 not out as India opened their long-awaited Test series in Pakistan with a spectacular batting display here on Sunday.
 arrow From playground to killing fields
Russell Sheikh used to pass his Friday afternoons playing cricket on the front yard with the kids of their apartment block.
 arrow Vice-president of Dhanmondi Club masterminded Piaru's murder
Vice-president of Dhanmondi Sporting Club Amjad Hossain Mian masterminded the murder of Khairul Anwar Piaru, the club's president who was ambushed and killed on February 29, police said quoting statements
 arrow Don't fund India's river-link plan
Citizens' Fact Finding Commission (CFFC), an association of several organisations including trade bodies and rights groups, yesterday urged international donor agencies not to fund India's water diversion
 arrow Govt can't be toppled through 'conspiracy'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to resist the 'conspirators' now out to stall development and progress and said her government cannot be overthrown through 'conspiracy'.
 arrow Trader beaten dead for toll
JCD (Jatiyotabadi Chhatra Dal) cadres allegedly beat a cloth merchant to death in Bagerhat late in the Saturday night.
 arrow Two-way battle in SC Bar polls
The two-day election of the executive committee of Supreme Court Bar Association began yesterday, with the two panels led by Rokan Uddin Mahmud and Dr M Zahir appearing as the principal contestants.
 arrow Bush Islam's enemy, says Hamas chief
The new Hamas leader in Gaza says US President George W Bush is the enemy of God and Islam but has stopped short of threatening revenge on Americans as he has on Israel for its killing of the militant
 arrow Jet flies seven times faster than sound
A revolutionary jet engine has flown faster than seven times the speed of sound in a high altitude test over the Pacific, marking what NASA scientists hailed as a milestone in developing the "Holy Grail"
 arrow JS body finds graft in mosque construction in cantonment
A parliamentary body yesterday raised allegation of irregularities in the construction of a plush mosque on 6.37 acres in Dhaka cantonment.
 arrow 15 hurt as cops club agitating farmers
At least 15 farmers were injured at Mohonpur Sadar Upazila here yesterday when police made a baton charge on a farmer demonstration that demanded uninterrupted power supply to run the irrigation machines.
 arrow SC unhappy as govt seeks extension for 14th time
The full bench of the Supreme Court yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the government's foot-dragging on implementing the over-three-year-old directives on separation of the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Myanmar PM arrives on April 4
Myanmar Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt arrives in Dhaka on April 4 on a three-day official visit.

This will be the Myanmar premier's first visit abroad since he assumed office, sources said.

 arrow SAF Games start today
The ninth South Asian Federation (SAF) Games get underway in the Pakistan capital Islamabad today.
 arrow Meeting ends without a decision
The sixth meeting of a high-profile committee on allowing trade unionism in the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) ended yesterday without a consensus on the modalities of a draft law.
 arrow Court dismisses defamation suit against editor, reporter of Bhorer Kagoj
A magistrate's court has dismissed a defamation suit against the editor and a reporter of the Daily Bhorer Kagoj after it ran a report headlined "Graft charges against eight judges".
 arrow CPB demands Saidee's arrest
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) has demanded immediate arrest and intensive interrogation of Delwar Hossain Saidee, the ruling Jamaat-e-Islami law maker, in the light of statement made by HumayunAzad
 arrow Jhenidah AL leader killed
Unidentified assailants slew a local Awami League leader at village Pirojpur in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenidah on Saturday night.
 arrow 'Galakata' Quasem killed in gun attack in N'ganj
A local BNP leader was shot dead and three people were injured in a gun attack at Zalkuri in Shiddhirganj thana in broad daylight yesterday.
 arrow FM to see off VVIPs at airport
As part of a new protocol, instead of the president or prime minister the foreign minister sees off the visiting VVIPs at airport.
 arrow Cops identify Dhanmondi victim as Johny
Investigators suspect the beheaded body found near Sikder Medical College in Dhanmondi on Saturday might be that of one Johny, a resident of Rayerbazar area.
 arrow Border talks with Myanmar begins today
A four-day deputy-director general level border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Immigration and National Regis-tration Department (IND) of Myan-mar begins in Cox's Bazar today.
 arrow Fire guts Savar EPZ garment factory
Fire gutted the factory of Ring Sign Garments in the old export processing zone (EPZ) in Savar last night.
 arrow Missing trader of Old Dhaka returns home
A trader, allegedly abducted from Old Dhaka on Friday, was found at Uttara yesterday.
Businessarrow US companies pull out on breach of contract
American investment in Bangladesh is drying up as the companies are pulling out and new firms are showing reluctance due to violation of contract sanctity, bureaucratic delays and weak judicial system,
 arrow Slash import duties on industrial raw materials
Leading business bodies yesterday at a pre-budget discussion with the National Broad of Revenue (NBR) recommended reduction of duties on imported raw materials for local industries and increasing import
 arrow Unprepared developing nations risk losing market
Developing countries risk losing heavily from the final liberalisation of trade in textiles and clothing if they are not well prepared for the imminent business and market changes globally, the newlyappointed
 arrow $1,720m ADB loan remains un-disbursed until last year
ADB loan portfolio in last two years has experienced accumulation of unutilised funds while contract award and disbursement ratios worsening with time elapses.
 arrow Thai product show kicks off today
A three-day exhibition of Thai products and services begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today.
 arrow Bangladesh sees 14.36pc rise in tourists
The number of foreign tourists to Bangladesh rose by 14.36 percent in 2003 to 237,000, the state-run Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation said here Sunday.
 arrow China to sew up Asian rivals when garment, textile quotas end
Many of Asia's poorest nations are unprepared for the imminent end of a quota system governing global textile and clothing exports with widespread job losses inevitable as companies shift operations to
 arrow US pressures Opec to abandon output cut
US President George W Bush's administration is stepping up pressure on Opec to abandon an output cut as it grapples with a politically inflammable surge in energy prices.
 arrow Malaysia braces for positive 2004
Malaysia is gearing up for a positive 2004, with the economy seen as growing at its fastest pace in four years to become one of Asia's top stars amid rising optimism after Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad
 arrow Saipem wins $350m bid to lay Gulf pipeline
Dolphin Energy Ltd.
 arrow Agora's Independence Day offer
Agora, a chain superstore operated by Rahimafrooz Group, has arranged a special programme to mark the Independence Day.
 arrow Green Delta holds annual confce
The Annual Conference-2004 of Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd was held in Dhaka on Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: ‘I would like to go on’
Virender Seh-wag lit up the opening day of India's first Test match in Pakistan for almost 15 years, and afterwards expressed a desire to go on Monday morning and become the first Indian to score 300.
 arrow Cricket: Manjarul, Alamgir inspire BD A
Captain Alok Kapali's bat failed to inspire yet again but the Bangladesh A side still managed to pull off a nail-biting two-run victory over touring Zimbabwe A in a low scoring first limited-over clash
 arrow Athletics: South Asia unites
Athletes from eight South Asian countries were ga-thering here for the start of a regional sporting competition that organisers hope will build bridges between Pakistan and India.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka Warne-washed
Shane Warne grabbed four wickets in a sensational display of spin bowling as Sri Lanka suffered the first whitewash at home when they lost the third and final Test against Australia by 121 runs here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l camp starts today
National cricketers begin their camp for the tour of West Indies at the Bangabandhu National Stadium this morning under the supervision of coach Dav Whatmore.
 arrow Football: Brothers one-day football kings
Premier League champions Brothers Union clinched the Independence Day Cup one-day football tournament beating Abahani 7-6 in the tiebreaker at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hashan quits captaincy
Hashan Tillakaratne resigned as Test captain after Sri Lanka were whitewashed 3-0 by Australia on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Styris stops Kiwi slide
As fast as New Zealand bowled themselves back into the third cricket Test against South Africa here Sunday, they batted themselves out again, slumping to 128 for five in their second innings when badlight
 arrow Murali reported again
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was reported for a suspect bowling action on Sunday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials said.
 arrow Cricket: U-15 cricket
Khulna Division and Dhaka Metro Blues set up a final clash in the Age Group Under-15 Tournament after winning their respective semifinals at different venues in Faridpur yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Army hockey
Rangpur Area team won the annual hockey championship of Bangladesh Army that ended at Comilla Cantonment on Thursday. They defeated Bogra Area by a solitary goal in an exciting final.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS cricket league delayed
The start of the Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) cricket league is likely to be delayed by a week due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Basketball: Navy edge BKSP
Bangladesh Navy came from behind to beat BKSP by 63-61 points in the inaugural match of the Maple Leaf Independence Day Basketball Competition at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Singer chess
Grand Masters Ziaur Rahman, Niaz Murshed and International Master Reeefat-bin-Sattar won their opening round matches of the Singer 30th national chess championship that began at the NSC conference room
 arrow Athletics: IU lead the table
Islamic University (IU) led the table after the opening day of the inter-university athletics competition that began yesterday at the central playground of Jahangirnagar University.
 arrow Golf: Global Insurance Cup golf held
Brig Gen Mosharraf Hossahin bagged the men's title while Mrs Matiur captured the ladies' crown of the Global Insurance Cup Golf Tournament at the Army Golf Club, Dhaka Cantonment on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Jimmy's birthday bash
Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink celebrated his 32nd birthday in style with a spectacular late hat-trick as Chelsea kept the English Premiership title race alive on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson till 2008
England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson on Sunday ended the uncertainty over his future by announcing that he had agreed to sign a new contract which will keep him in the job up until 2008.
 arrow Football: Bayern not giving up
Bayern Munich thrashed Borussia Monchengladbach 5-2 on Saturday to keep alive their slim hopes of retaining their Bundesliga title.
 arrow Football: Own-goal escape for Depor
A last-minute own goal gifted Deportivo Coruna a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday, lifting them to third in the Primera Liga and soothing memories of this week's 4-1 Champions League thrashing by
Metropolitanarrow DCC to set up music schools
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will initially set up five music schools in different parts of the city to groom up the children as enlightened citizens of the country.
 arrow Principal Ibrahim's death anniversary today
Today is the 26th death anniversary of eminent litterateur and educationist principal Ibrahim Khan, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Police raid 6 Syedpur villages
Police during raids in six villages surrounding Syedpur Uttara Housing Project to recover a "snatched" wireless and a magazine have arrested 30 people.
 arrow New technology to raise fish production
Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) has launched a project to transfer a technology to fish farmers that will increase fish production and save the indigenous fish species from extinction.
 arrow 'Demanding failed govt's ouster not undemocratic'
Awami League central publicity secretary and lawmaker Asaduzzaman Noor has said the BNP-led alliance government has lost its moral right to stay in power.
 arrow Tk 9.60 cr arsenic-free water supply project in 12 districts
A five-year 9.60 crore taka arsenic-free drinking water supply project is being implemented in 12 districts since 2001, official sources said.
 arrow 60 hurt as villagers clash in Pirojpur
At least 60 people were injured in a clash at Penakhali village in Mazirpur upazila in Pirozpur district on Saturday as an arbitration to settle a dispute failed.
 arrow 40,000 face water crisis at Bandarban
About 40,000 people of the hill town face an acute crisis.

They get supply of only one-fourth of the total requirement of 16 lakh gallons of water.

 arrow Hasina to visit Patuakhali from April 2
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina will pay a three-day visit to Patuakhali from April 2, party sources said.
 arrow BCL activist, youth killed in Barisal
Two persons including an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were killed in Pirojpur and Jhalakathi districts.
 arrow 63 freedom fighters not invited
Sixty-three freedom fighters here were not invited by the district administration to join the Independence Day programme on Friday.
 arrow Call to institute scheduled caste education fund
The speakers at a grand rally of backward Rabidas community, victims of caste system, have demanded of the government to institute scheduled caste education fund, special quota in government service and
Point-Counterpointarrow Ultimate escalation by Israel
The assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the top Hamas spiritual leader in a wheelchair, has brought the Middle East cauldron to an explosive point.
 arrow Jehad and fanaticism
M.J.Akbar is well known as a leading South Asian journalist and writer. He is also the founder and editor in chief of the prestigious publication The Asian Age.
Culturearrow World Drama Day observed
World Drama Day was observed all around the world on March 27.
 arrow Channel-i Eid programme
Channel-i, a private channel in Bangladesh, has decided to reward TV talents. The first such award was given out recently at the Winter Garden of Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow A new persona for A.R.Rahman
The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed internationally acclaimed music director A R Rahman as its global ambassador.
 arrow 'Shurjomukhi Nadi' by Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts
ON the occasion of Independence Day, the Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), commonly known as Bulbul Lalitakala Academy, staged a dance drama Shurjomukhi Nadi.
 arrow A lovely evening with poem recitations
Mora Ekti Phulke Bachabo Bole Juddho Kori' (We fight to save a flower)-excerpt from Jay Jay Janoni Bangla.
Generalarrow BNP plans big to head off anti-govt agitation
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has taken up month-long programmes beginning April 1 to head off hartals and other anti-government programmes in view of opposition's April 30 deadline to
 arrow Remain vigilant against premediated crimes
State Minister-in-charge of home ministry Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday urged the police officials to remain vigilant against organised and premeditated gruesome murders committed to create panic in society.
 arrow Ashtami Snan begins at Langalbandh
Ashtami Snan, a religious festival of the Hindu, began at Langalbandh in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow HC issues rule on govt
The High Court yesterday issued rule upon the government, returnable in three days, to explain why the records of rape case against Nurul Islam Babul should not be called for so that it may satisfy that
 arrow Arrest of Saydee demanded
Six student organisations in a statement yesterday accused Delwar Hossain Saydee MP of inciting the attack on eminent writer Humayun Azad and demanded his immediate arrest.
 arrow Haji Selim, 23 AL activists get anticipatory bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for three months to 24 Awami League leaders and activists including former MP Haji Selim in connection with cases of vandalism and explosion during hartal
 arrow Prof. Anisur Rahman dies in road accident
Professor Anisur Rahman, an economist, died in a road accident at Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj on March 26, says a press release.
 arrow Over1800 held
Police arrested 1,818 people, including three listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Pressure mounts on Sharon as his indictment in sight
Pressure mounted on beleaguered Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday after the state prosecutor reportedly favoured his indictment for receiving bribes, overshadowing his invitation to the White
 arrow Arabs blast Tunis decision to delay summit
Arab politicians reacted with dismay yesterday to Tunis's decision to delay a key summit, with Palestinians saying it will spur Israeli attacks and the Arab League warning of "dangerous consequences.
 arrow Lanka on alert as polls violence escalates
Sri Lanka's security forces have stepped up their guard after gunmen shot and wounded a top election official and a candidate amid fears of more violence ahead of April 2 elections, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nepali polls to be held by April next year: King
King Gyanendra announced yesterday that general elections will be held in Nepal before mid-April next year, paving the way for a return to democracy in the world's only Hindu kingdom.
 arrow Cong attacks BJP for its 'hypocrisy'
In a counter attack on BJP's criticism that the Gandhi family promoted dynastic politics, Congress yesterday attacked the saffron party and its allies as "hypocrites" who promoted their children and relatives.
 arrow Indian EC puts ad row ball in govt court
Yet another surrogate election advertisement this time making an oblique reference to the Prime Minister hit the air waves Saturday even as the Election Commission asked the government to arbitrateon
 arrow Senior al-Qaida official hurt & on the run, says Pakistan
A senior al-Qaida leader has been seriously wounded and is on the run, Pakistan's military spokesman said Saturday, while claiming that an operation to rid the western border areas of suspected terrorists
 arrow Afghanistan delays polls
Afghanistan's landmark national elections will be delayed until September to give the United Nations more time to register voters and organise the balloting, President Hamid Karzai said yesterday.
 arrow Bremer hands over keys of first Iraqi ministry to interim council
US overseer Paul Bremer handed over the keys of the first of Iraq's 25 ministries to the country's interim leadership yesterday in a ceremony aimed at highlighting the gradual handover of power by June
 arrow London attack was very much in Laden's mind
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden instructed his operations chief to target London's main Heathrow airport soon after the September 11 attacks in the United States, The Sunday Times reported.
 arrow Conscientious objector from Iraq war to face US court-martial
The first Iraq war veteran to publicly object to the morality of the war will face a special court-martial on a charge of desertion, officials said Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Traders' security in dire strait
Once again terror has gripped the business community of the capital. Shamsul Haq, a businessman along with his son were kidnapped on Saturday.
 arrow Editorial: Aborted UNSC resolution on Sheikh Yassin
It has long been recognised that the US bias towards Israel is a major factor contributing to the instability in the Middle East and to hostility to the US in the region and elsewhere around the world.
 arrow Reigniting the flame of Jehad
Go and filch the final strip of my land
Ditch my youth in prison holes,
Plunder my legacy
Burn my books
Feed your dogs on my fishes
Go and spread your net of terror
Upon the roofof

 arrow A last stand?
Over the past 12 days the Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of South Waziristan is in the news for all the wrong reasons.
 arrow Island dispute widens the crack between Japan and China
Japan's five closest neighbours are Russia, China, South and North Korea and Taiwan. Of the five, Japan's antagonism with North Korea runs deepest and the matter is a well-known fact in internationalpolitics.
Letters to Editorarrow History in jeopardy
The government has a plan to alter the name of Sufia Kamal Public Library.
 arrow Israel and Palestine
Israel held Hamas responsible for suicide attacks inside its territory. The latest in the series of suicide attacks occurred during the middle of March 2004.
 arrow Slaying of Hamas chief
The cold blooded and premeditated slaying of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (Hamas chief Killed In Israel Air strike, The Daily Star, March 23, 2004) shows the depravity and moral bankruptcy of the Israeli politicians.
 arrow Break the fangs
Again the Zionists have stunned the whole world by their planned killing of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
 arrow The plight of Muslims
The spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was killed by an Israeli helicopter strike.
 arrow Cycle of blood
Sk. Ahmed Yassin hailed as a patriot by the Palestinians lies in a pool of blood along with seven of his closest companions.
 arrow Political culture
Bangladesh is a democratic state. In a democratic state every citizen may participate in politics. This is his right. The political parties maintain a particular party ideology.
 arrow Fun magazine
Once in a brief interview to a Bengali fun-magazine, the editor was asked what his future plan then was.
 arrow April 30
When Abdul Jalil, the secretary general of the Awami League, declared that the last day of the government would be 30th April, people did not pay much attention to it.
 arrow Bank rates
What has the finance minister done? Recently, he made it mandatory for banks to reduce the interest rates on deposits.
 arrow Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is one of the most visited recreation centres in Dhaka city. Various kinds of trees, hillocks, jungles and lakes have made the place very attractive for people from all walks of life.
 arrow Politics of ultimatum
The major opposition Awami League (AL) has set an ultimatum for the elected alliance government to resign, or it will oust the government by this date.
 arrow IBA admission and transparency
This is in reply to Ms. Tanya Khan's letter with the same title published in The Daily Star on March 24, 2004.
 arrow About the SSC exams ...
This year we have witnessed smooth and fair holding of SSC examinations in and outside Dhaka.
Star Cityarrow Passengers’ woes at Sadarghat
Launch operators arriving at Sadarghat in the early hours every day offload passengers at risk, as security watch came to nought and the largest river port in Bangladesh runs short of berths.
 arrow Uncrowned king in his realm of art
Beauty is said to be in the eyes of the beholder and it can take any shape when imagined by an artist.
 arrow Illegal ambulance business thrives at DMCH
Around 24 so-called ambulances are 'illegally' operating at the emergency department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), forcing patients to use their service.
 arrow Moviemakers on Strike

 arrow Allot marketplace for potters, save the age-old craft
The city's nearly 50 thousand potters do not have a proper place to sell their ware, threatening the existence of the age-old craft.
 arrow Look back on women's role in '71 war
The role of women in the 1971 War of Independence is largely ignored and misconstrued in mainstream history because of the tendency to think of war only in terms of physical fight and exchange of gunshots.
 arrow Coins fast disappearing
Coins are fast becoming a tale of yesteryear, turning out to be 'useless' everyday.

Only 50 paisa, one-taka or five-taka coins are still in use.