Volume 4 Number 309 Sat. April 10, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow US occupation sinks deeper in turmoil
Bloody turmoil reigned in Iraq yesterday, the first anniversary of Saddam Hussein's fall, with Sunni and Shia rebels battling US-led forces and holding three Japanese and other foreign hostages.
 arrow Step down paving way for snap polls: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to step down without delay over what she said was the alliance government's failure to run the country in the last30
 arrow Clues link Anwara gang
Clues gathered by the probe body into the April-02 arms haul indicate an Anwara-based smuggling syndicate was involved in the gunrunning.
 arrow Step beyond isolated life
"Aren't we human?" asked an angry Parvin, a commercial sex worker at Kandapara brothel in Tangail.
 arrow 14 pvt banks marked for punishment
The central bank is going to take punitive measures against 14 private banks for failing to cover their capital shortfalls on target set a year ago.
 arrow NU education falls apart
Acute shortage of teachers, their preoccupation with private tuition, inadequate infrastructure and traditional examination system dog education under the National University (NU), the National Education
 arrow Lone tetanus vaccine plant set to close down
The lone tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccine producing plant in Bangladesh is going to close down due to a prolonged tussle between the government and the World Health Organisation (WHO), officials at the Institute
 arrow Red alert across Europe
Europe was facing ever more serious fears of another major terrorism attack yesterday, perhaps even over the Easter holiday period, as a series of security alerts spread fear through Spain, France, Britain
 arrow Death certificate says Hamid died of heart failure
Notorious Shibir cadre Hamidullah, arrested along with six others after a gunfight with police early Thursday, died of 'cardiac failure' in police custody at Hathazari Health Complex at night.
 arrow Rice sets stage for CIA, FBI testimony
Condoleezza Rice emphatically assigned blame for the pre-Sept.
 arrow Extortionists threaten to kill another businessman
Extortionists have threatened another businessman in Dhaka that he would be killed and his body shredded into 100 pieces if he failed to pay them Tk 20 lakh in toll.
 arrow Haq's family razes corridors with Kajol's mansion
The Dhaka City Corporation yesterday gave permission to the family of slain businessman Shamsul Haq to demolish the corridors linking Haq's SH Mansion to its adjacent Bikrampur Mansion owned by Kajol,
 arrow Indian ruling alliance vows to go tough on 'infiltration'
India's ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has announced in its election manifesto to repeal the Illegal Migration Detection by Tribunal (IMDT) Act to end what it said was infiltrationof
 arrow Abducted AL leader buys freedom in Khulna
A cloth trader and Awami League (AL) leader secured his release from the abductors on Wednesday after paying a ransom of Tk 3 lakh.
 arrow First govt of Bangladesh announced on this day
Today is historic April 10, the day Bangladesh's first government was announced in 1971.
 arrow Who to drop for Ganguly?
India are uncertain who will open the innings in the deciding third Test against Pakistan next week with Aakash Chopra likely to be dropped due to the return from a back injury of captain Sourav Ganguly.
 arrow Free press imperative for govt to know its flaws, says Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina said yesterday a free press is imperative for a government to know its flaws and that is why the AL government in the past never interfered with press freedom.
 arrow DB nabs one after shootout
Detectives yesterday arrested an alleged criminal and recovered firearms after a shootout at Dinonath Sen Road in Sutrapur.
 arrow Time for unity of honest people, says Dr Kamal
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for unity of honest people for an effective role of the civil society.
 arrow Two shot by criminals in city
Two persons were shot in the city last night.

Extortionists shot a stationery shop owner in Tejgaon and looted around two lakh taka from his shop.

 arrow Extortionists attack traders: 10 injured
Ten people were injured in an attack by extortionists at Saturia Bazaar yesterday.
 arrow JCD declares series of anti-govt programmes
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday declared a series of anti-government programmes featuring a mass procession towards the Prime Minister's Office on April 21.
 arrow Arms haul: AL team due in Ctg today
A seven-member parliamentary team of the opposition Awami League (AL) will visit Chittagong today to gather information about the largest-ever arms haul at Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited (CUFL) jetty
 arrow Biman airliner skids off ZIA runway
A Biman Bangladesh airliner coming from Hong Kong skidded off the runway during landing at Zia International Airport (ZIA) last night, sources at the airport said.
Businessarrow Make low-cost furniture to explore overseas market
As the first-ever furniture fair began in Dhaka yesterday, science and information and communication technology minister yesterday urged the manufacturers to explore foreign market with low-cost and attractive
 arrow Sustainable global economic recovery needs policy action
The global economic recovery could be derailed unless governments in both the rich and the developing world adopt policies that support growth, a global banking group said Thursday.
 arrow Welcome aboard the submarine cable
The flotilla of SEA-ME-WE 4 submarine cable consortium anchored in Dubai to engage Alcatel and Fujitsu for 20 thousand kilometres long undersea telecoms backbone.
 arrow Asean treads carefully on currency changes
Southeast Asian finance ministers signalled Wednesday they were in no rush to allow a sharp rise in their currencies, saying an abrupt adjustment of economic imbalances would stress markets and damage
 arrow World sugar market seen facing mounting deficit
The world sugar market is expected to run a deficit of around 3.4 million tonnes, raw value in 2004/05, Paris-based broker Societe J Kingsman said in its first estimate for the new campaign Wednesday.
 arrow US newspapers lure ads from untraditional sources
Shampoo makers, brewers and other companies that generally pitch products on television are turning their sights to newspapers, helping foster a nascent advertising recovery for the medium after a stubborn
 arrow StanChart credit cardholders can buy Limo products without interest
Standard Chartered credit cardholders will be able to buy products, marketed by Limo Electronics Limited, without interest.
 arrow US Senate resolves deadlock on tax, trade bill
Senate leaders broke a three-week deadlock Thursday over several politically charged issues that had held up passage of a corporate tax bill needed to lift costly European tariffs on US exports.
 arrow BoJ retains policy as economy firms
The Bank of Japan kept its super-easy monetary policy in place Friday amid signs of a broadening economic recovery even as the kidnapping of three Japanese in Iraq cast a shadow over financial markets.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
April 03-April 08, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was steady against Bangladeshi taka in this week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Top players against pool
Although registration formalities of participating teams have been all but completed, national cricketers were yet to find reasons to feel optimistic about the first-ever Corporate Cricket League (CCL).
 arrow Chess: Zia reclaims nat'l crown
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman regained the national title with a round to go yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan lose Gul
Injury-hit Pa-kistan suffered another blow when key me-dium pacer Umar Gul was ruled out for the series-deciding third Test against India because of back trouble, selectors said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: England look at history
England have the opportunity to complete an unprecedented Test series clean sweep on Caribbean soil in the fourth and final cricket Test against West Indies, starting at the Antigua Recreation Groundon
 arrow Cricket: Streak may sue ZCU
Axed captain Heath Streak has threatened to sue the Zimbabwe Cricket Union for what he sees as his unjustified removal from the national captaincy.
 arrow Cricket: A ton of umpiring
Experienced West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor is eyeing a century of Test matches before he retires in 2007.
 arrow Football: In King Henry's court
Thierry Henry stopped the rot ravaging Arsenal's season with a majestic match-winning hat-trick as Arsenal twice came from behind to beat Liverpool 4-2 in a thrilling Good Friday drama at Highbury.
 arrow Football: AFC U-14 soccer Hosts thrashed yet fair
Bangladesh suffered a 7-0 thrashing against Iran in the last match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-14 Football Festival at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea full of confidence
Fresh from plotting Arsenal's downfall in the Champions League, Claudio Ranieri will Saturday turn his attentions to turning the screw on the Gunners in the Premiership title race.
 arrow Football: Real point to prove
All eyes will be on David Beckham and Real Madrid on Sunday to see how they fare against Osasuna after the team's shock departure from the Champions League on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Scudetto at any cost
AC Milan remain on course for the Serie A title but their humiliating exit from European competition has planted seeds of self-doubt ahead of Saturday's home tie against strugglers Empoli.
 arrow Football: Inter have a problem
Newcastle put one foot in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup with a 1-1 draw at PSV Eindhoven on Thursday but hopes of an all-British final suffered a setback when Celtic were held at home 1-1 by Villarreal.
 arrow Football: Mukti lodge appeal
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra are banking on an appeal to the disciplinary committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after the regional governing body awarded full points to their Yemen opponents
 arrow Cricket: Final round starts today
The 16-team final round of the 22nd Standard Chartered National School Cricket Tournament begins today at four different city venues.
 arrow Cricket: Mattau arrives today for nat'l camp
Sri Lankan batting coach Wayne Mattau, who worked with the Tigers before the Zimbabwe series, will arrive today, ahead of the national camp for the tour of West Indies that starts in full swing tomorrow
 arrow Cricket: Abahani post victory
Title aspirants Abahani defeated Shatabdi Ghosthi by 55 runs in a CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Notun Basti Ekadosh defeated MWTC Club by 6 runs in the Shaheed Zia memorial cricket tournament at the Muljan High School playground in Manikganj yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Agitation on to replace VCs of 5 universities
Teachers, students and officials of five public universities have been continuing their agitation to replace the vice-chancellors for their alleged failure to meet various demands.
 arrow Journalist union leaders criticise Time report
Leaders of journalist unions and the National Press Club yesterday criticised the report on Bangladesh published in the latest Asia edition of Time magazine and described it as "one-sided" and "misleading.
 arrow JCD activist beaten up at DU
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Shahidullah Hall of Dhaka University beat up a fellow worker early yesterday.
 arrow Kidnappers issue death threat to mother
The abductors of a schoolgirl have given death threat to her mother for lodging a first information report (FIR) with Sonadanga Police Station.
Nationalarrow Micro-credit brings poor women's economic emancipation
Life is now meaningful to Nabiron, an abandoned housewife of Gopalnagar village in Moha-mmadpur upazila here. She is now a wealthy woman in the area by selling bamboo-made traps to catch fish.
 arrow Faulty rubber dams hamper boro cultivation in Gazipur, Mymensingh
Boro cultivation on 400 hectares of land in two upazilas faced a setback due to unplanned construction of two rubber dams in two rivers.
 arrow Bid to revive social afforestation programme
A fresh bid has been undertaken to revive the social afforestation project (SAP) here.
 arrow No clue to Syedpur twin murder in Nilphamari
Police could not find any clue to the sensational twin murder at Mollahpara under Kashiram Belpukur union in Syedpur upazila on March 28.
 arrow Magura Sadar thana AL triennial council today
Today is the triennial council of Magura Sadar thana unit of Awami League (AL).

The council is being held amid infighting in the party after about seven years.

 arrow 60 injured in B'baria clash
At least 60 persons were injured in a clash between two rival groups following an altercation at Chitna village in Nasirnagar upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Extortionist gets 14 yrs RI in Patuakhali
A court here on Thursday sentenced a toll collector to 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined 5,000 taka, in default, to suffer one year more RI.
 arrow Workshop
A day long workshop on 'Ethics of Local Newspapers' was held on Tuesday at the local press club auditorium.

Mass-line Media Centre (MMC) a local NGO organised the workshop.

Point-Counterpointarrow Sri Lankan elections: A verdict against the 'co-habitation' government?
The parliamentary elections in the island state of Sri Lanka was crucially important for two reasons.
 arrow Grasping South Asian culture with more insight than most others
As I have mentioned in a previous column I so much enjoyed reading THE RAJ QUARTET by Paul Scott (pub: Heinemann 1966), very many years ago, that it has remained an enduring favorite of mine.
 arrow Shop talk
Dhaka is now a town of shopping arcades or shopping complexes. Apparently, this is good news for shoppers, wholesalers, retailers and employees and also customers.
Culturearrow Shamim Zaman
Remember Madhob of the much applauded award-winning film Aadhiar? The youth who roams about the villages of North Bengal singing songs of the Tebhaga movement? The character earned the spectators'
 arrow Jadur Pradeep: where actions speak louder
It was an evening when the season's first hail storm hit the city.
 arrow Cultural meet in Australia
Members of the Bangladesh Cultural delegation staged a colourful musical soiree at the 5-day Bangladesh Festival in Sydney.
Generalarrow Finance and Banking Alumni Assoc sets up scholarship fund
The Finance and Banking Alumni Association (FBAA) instituted a scholarship fund for the students of the Finance and Banking Department of Dhaka University yesterday with the support of GrameenPhone Ltd.
 arrow Reforms of political parties, govt system suggested
The Unity for Political Reforms (UPR), a non-political organisation, yesterday called for reforms of government system, political parties, judiciary, administration, local government system, economy,election
 arrow Rape victim commits suicide in Bagerhat
A teenage girl committed suicide by taking insecticides at her house at Lokpur village in Fakirhat thana, Bagerhat, on Wednesday night a day after she was raped.
 arrow RU admission test delayed for sudden change in seat plan
The test for admission in first year law and justice department of Rajshahi University (RU) under 2003-04 academic session was delayed by half-an-hour yesterday due to sudden change in seat plan.
 arrow Indigenous Cultural Fair begins
The 7th Indigenous Cultural Fair began at Rangamati yesterday amid much enthusiasm.
 arrow Online programme of Dr Kamal
Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain will answer the queries of expatriate Bangladeshi over Internet at 10.00am on April 18.

Popular web sites -- www.kobitaogaan.com and www.banglasociety.

 arrow More hygienic toilets in public places demanded
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded construction of adequate number of hygienic toilets in educational institutions, hospitals, government offices, markets, bus terminals and multi-storied buildings.
Internationalarrow US troops block families fleeing Fallujah fighting
Hundreds of people fleeing their homes in the Iraqi town of Fallujah were blocked yesterday on the highway by US forces besieging the Sunni bastion where they have been facing fierce resistance by insurgents.
 arrow Iraq govt may have limited sovereignty
Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Thursday the new interim Iraqi government may have to accept some limits on its sovereignty after the United States hands over authority on July 1.
 arrow Clinton testifies before Sept 11 panel
Former US President Bill Clinton testified in private session Thursday before the September 11 commission investigating the devastating 2001 attacks on the United States.
 arrow Nepal nabs protesters in showdown at palace
Nepalese riot police yesterday rounded up pro-democracy protesters who threatened to storm the royal palace, in a showdown over King Gyanendra's dismissal of the elected government in 2002.
 arrow US occupation sinks deeper in turmoil
One year after the fall of Baghdad, President George W. Bush's campaign in Iraq is an increasingly painful and divisive issue for Americans.
 arrow LTTE factions lock in fierce fighting: 9 killed
Heavy fighting broke out between rival Tamil Tiger factions yesterday, killing at least nine people, rebels said, in the first clashes in Sri Lanka since the guerrillas and government entered a trucein
 arrow Solution in sight on temple-mosque row
Indian Hindu and Muslim leaders are considering a proposal to build a Hindu temple close to the ruins of a razed mosque in northern India and give Muslims a nearby tract of land to try to settle India's
 arrow Sharon calls for party vote over Gaza pullout plan
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has officially called for a referendum within his Likud Party on his plan to unilaterally withdraw from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's word of advice
The prime minister has said, while addressing a meeting of Dhaka Reporters Unity, that journalists should refrain from publishing reports and photographs that blur the image of the country.
 arrow Editorial: Uprising spirals in Iraq
The US-led coalition troops are having to take on both Shia and Sunni fighters in what appears to be a lose-lose situation for the occupation forces.
 arrow Japan's multi-layered involvement in the Middle East
Japan's recent hands-on engagement in Iraq and earlier pro-active interaction in the Gulf has drawn attention of the world to its growing involvement in world peace.
 arrow Can we really hope for a better future?
Alot of enthusiasm and optimism about the future of Bangladesh was expressed in an article by me published in the DS ('We have a bright future lying ahead!', January 15).
Letters to Editorarrow Arms cache
On April 02, 2004 the largest ever arms haul in Bangladesh took place when police seized 10 truckloads of arms, including submachine-guns (1,290), Tommy Guns (100), semi-automatic rifles (400), rocket
 arrow "On homosexuality"
I remember, quite a few days back, (though it is really late for a reply) a letter on homosexuality appeared in The Daily Star written by Mr. Farjad Ahmed.
 arrow Politics
I had gone to a relative's house one day and while we were in the drawing room, I heard a great deal of noise outside.
Literaturearrow Singapore Fiction and Poetry in English: A Note
‘Literary editor?' the lead person would say, glancing quizzically up after perusing my card.

'Yes,' I would reply. Then there would be a pause.

 arrow SHAPING SPACES: Literature and the Environment in Singapore
These days it is almost taken for granted that we become the products of our environment.
 arrow From Hwee Hwee Tan's novel Foreign Bodies
Another time when there was a lot of cleaning up to do was during Andy's first MRT trip.
 arrow What Is It To Write?
It is not a vacation
from your life
when you weary of meetings and rain,
waiting for the bus
and cursing your luck.