Vol. 4 Num 310 Sun. April 11, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Polls only after govt serves out term, says PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday rejected outright main opposition Awami League's (AL's) demand for mid-term polls, saying elections would be held only after the present government served out itsterm.
 arrow Clashes erupt in Baghdad, US offers truce in Falluja
Street fighting erupted in Baghdad yesterday as youths with rifles and grenade launchers battled US troops in a Sunni Muslim area, witnesses said.
 arrow BNP, AL face-off over Hawa Bhaban siege plan
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and main opposition Awami League (AL) are heading for a street showdown over the opposition programme of laying siege to the Hawa Bhaban on April 21.
 arrow Interns to get higher pay, more instts to come under MPO
The government, in next year's budget, will insert some popular steps, like enlarging primary school stipend net and amount, increasing interns' salary and introducing second shifts at technical education
 arrow Man pushed out of bus to death
A young man was pushed out of a running bus to his death on Begum Rokeya Sarani in Dhaka yesterday, prompting students of the nearby Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University to set fire to three buses, damage
 arrow 20-day ultimatum to recruiting agents to cut cost
The government yesterday gave the recruiting agencies a 20-day ultimatum to cut migration cost of workers to Saudi Arabia or face suspension of their manpower recruiting permission from next month.
 arrow Drive-by bomb on police patrol
Suspected leftist outlaws killed a policeman and injured two of his colleagues in a drive-by bomb attack on the Powerhouse Road in Khulna last night, putting security forces in the violent heart of southwestern
 arrow Local political factor fails movement
The save Buriganga movement has not attained the desired success due to local political influence, and an integrated monitoring body must be formed to save the river from encroachment and rising pollution.
 arrow Home secretary not competent to probe
Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain has reiterated his demand for the formation of a neutral and independent commission headed by a former chief justice to probe the recent arms haul in Chittagong.
 arrow AL parliamentary team alleges Ctg administration's non-cooperation
A parliamentary delegation of the main opposition Awami League (AL) probing the recent largest ever arms seizure in Chittagong yesterday accused the government of non-cooperation in its investigation.
 arrow Listed criminal's arches for PM
Supporters of listed criminal Pichchi Helal erected two arches in Mohammadpur to welcome Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to yesterday's BNP meeting at Mohammadpur Physical Training College.
 arrow Dhaka to send troops after Iraq power transfer: Mahbub
Bangladesh is likely to send troops to war-torn Iraq after power in Baghdad is handed over to the local leadership, a key official said.
 arrow Student strike tomorrow
Different student organisations are going on strike at all educational institutions tomorrow demanding immediate arrest and punishment of Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saidee for inciting the
 arrow 6 die as nor'wester lashes 8 districts
At least six people were killed and over 200 injured as nor'wester lashed eight districts yesterday and the day before.
 arrow Biman rejoinder
Biman Bangladesh Airlines in a rejoinder on a news item headlined 'Biman to buy backup engine for old F28s' published in The Daily Star on April 8 said the procurement of backup engine has nothing todo
 arrow Faction of Naziur-led Jatiya Party joins Ershad
A faction of Naziur Rahman Manjur-led Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), a component of the ruling four-party coalition, is joining former president HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party on April 27.
 arrow US sent those for Indian rebels at CHT camps, claims Ctg mayor
In a melodramatic statement, Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury alleged yesterday the arms and ammunition seized on April 2 were sent by the USA and Pakistan to arm Indian rebels camped in the Chittagong Hill
 arrow Two die in building wall collapse
Two cousins aged around 25 years died when a wall of a building at old Dhaka's Kashaituli collapsed on them in the pouring rain of early yesterday.
 arrow Ex-BDR chief Fazlur Rahman to form alliance
Former director general of the Bangladesh Rifles Fazlur Rahman will announce a non-party alliance on April 16 from the Jatiya Press Club premises.
 arrow Jewellery shop, 150 shanties gutted in city
Fire gutted a jewellery shop in Gulshan and 150 shanties in Kafrul, reportedly damaging around Tk 4.5 crore yesterday.

Amin Jewellers of Dhaka City Corporation Market in Gulshan caught fire at 6:40am.

 arrow Row over arms seized from MV Banga Lanka still unresolved
Customs authorities are still undecided about what to do with the three American M-16 rifles, one air-gun, nine magazines and 169 rounds of ammunition seized from Bangladesh flag vessel MV Banga Lanka
 arrow CPB for parallel agitation to oust govt
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) is willing to participate in parallel and simultaneous movement with other parties for unseating the ruling alliance alongside its agenda to establish an alternative
 arrow Call to write history of constitution
The nation's struggle and longing for freedom were reflected in the composition of the proclamation of independence, which later formed the basis of the constitution.
 arrow Time magazine report one-sided Says Wahid Uddin
Prominent economist Prof.
 arrow 100 injured in clashes among villagers in Sylhet
A series of clashes among inhabitants of Boroikandi and Khojarkhola villages on Sylhet city outskirts yesterday left about 100 people injured.
 arrow Babul gets bail in abduction, explosion cases
Industrialist Nurul Islam Babul was yesterday granted bail for three months in abduction and explosion cases by the High Court.
 arrow Ershad Shikdar petitions for clemency
Ershad Shikder, who is being held on death row at Khulna District Jail for the murder of Jubo League leader Khalid Hossain, has appealed to the president for clemency.
 arrow 8 customs officials, importer, agent sued for tax evasion
Eight customs officials, an importer and a C&F (clearing and forwarding) agent have been sued for dodging taxes worth about Tk 37 lakh, on an import consignment by producing a forged court order.
 arrow Extremists escape Philippine prison
More than 50 inmates, including many suspected members of a Muslim extremist group, used a smuggled pistol to escape from a southern Philippine prison yesterday, officials said.
Businessarrow RMG exports to EU rise, decline to US
Readymade garment (RMG) export witnessed an uptrend in the European markets while the exports to the US dipped in the first eight months of the current fiscal.
 arrow New company plans to launch landline phones
Nitol Group yesterday signed a contract with local software firm Technoheaven Company Ltd and US-based Bengal Communications International Inc, to operate landline telephone in the country's eastern region
 arrow New settlement period of share trade comes into force
New settlement period of share transaction in Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) came into force yesterday.
 arrow Move to sell Biman tickets thru' int'l body
A section of travel agents yesterday opposed a government move to assign an international agency to handle Biman ticket sales, a plan aiming at improving proceeds recovery from travel agencies.
 arrow Thai-US FTA talks face obstacles
Thai and US trade negotiators will start discussing a bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA) this June, but while the commerce ministry thinks of trade, the US Trade Representative may be looking for something
 arrow China factory output up
Chinese industrial output raced ahead in the year through March as factories stepped up production of phones, steel and other goods, with analysts seeing a slowdown in a few months because of moves to
 arrow Philips Corner opens at Meena Bazar
Meena Bazar, a big shopping mall at Dhanmondi in Dhaka, yesterday opened 'Philips Corner' for its customers looking for home appliances.
 arrow Share trading settlement of 3 cos thru' CDS from Apr 27
The trading of de-mated shares of Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) Bangladesh Ltd, Sandhani Life Insurance Co Ltd and Square Textiles Ltd will start from April 27 in both Dhaka and Chittagong
 arrow Bank holiday on Wednesday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Wednesday on the occasion of "Pahela Baishakh", first day of Bengali new year, said a central bank release.
 arrow National Housing opens branch in Ctg
National Housing Finance and Investment Limited, a leading financial institution in Bangladesh, has opened a new branch in Chittagong .
 arrow Eastern Bank launches executive loan
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has launched EBL Executive Loan, a new consumer lending product.
 arrow New office bearers of ICAB Dhaka regional committee
Abdul Momin Khan Lohani and Md Shahadat Hossain have been elected chairman and secretary respectively of the Dhaka regional committee (DRC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB)
 arrow HSBC takes part in int'l furniture fair
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) in Bangladesh is participating in the three-day Bangladesh International Furniture Fair 2004 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow Asian road-rail pact set for signing
The signing ceremony for the ambitious transport linkage cooperation between Asian countries will take place in Shanghai later this month.
 arrow China to scrap farm tax in 3 yrs
An agriculture tax levied on all China's farmers will be abolished within three years, the China Daily quoted officials saying Saturday.
 arrow Singapore to strengthen trade ties with Russia
Singapore Trade Minister George Yeo and representatives from 13 local companies will visit Russia from April 11-17 to strengthen economic relations, the government said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Golden heroes return
It was a grand homecoming for three gold winners of the Ninth SAF Games when shooters Asif Hossain Khan, Sharmin Akhter and swimmer Rubel Rana arrived at the Zia International Airport yesterday aftertheir
 arrow Cricket: Next it's Sami scare
Pakistan's chances of winning the historic Test series against India have been dented with the news fast bowler Mohammad Sami is struggling with back pain.
 arrow Cricket: BKSP, Kalindi post wins
Rain affected play on the opening day of the final round of the 22nd Standard Chartered National School Cricket Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim in chaos: Goodwin
Former Zimbabwe star Murray Goodwin believes the Test nation is on the brink of collapse as a cricket team.

Goodwin said up to 14 players could resign following the sacking of captain Heath Streak.

 arrow Cricket: CCL pool now 10
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday reduced the 24-member national pool to 10 for the Corporate Cricket League (CCL).
 arrow Chess: Zia remains invincible
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman became unbeaten champion in the Singer 30th National Chess Championship when he drew his last game with International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib at the National Sports Council
 arrow Cricket: Malik speaks again
Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik, banned from cricket for life in 2000 for alleged involvement in match-fixing, wants a chance to clear his name.
 arrow Cricket: WI 98 for 2 at lunch
Chris Gayle hit his 14th test half-century as West Indies showed some welcome spirit on the first day of the fourth and final Test against England on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Race against time
Portugal has performed beyond UEFA's wildest dreams by getting 10 stadiums ready in time for Euro 2004, says Martin Kallen, the man sent in to run one of the world's largest sporting events.
 arrow Football: Deschamps keeps options open
Monaco coach Didier Deschamps has said he would be willing to stay in the Principality, but only if the club has high ambitions.
 arrow Football: Within Arsenal's grasp
Arsene Wenger believes the Premiership title will be on its way back to Highbury if Arsenal can avoid defeat at Newcastle on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ranieri wants to stay
Claudio Ranieri, whose star has risen at Chelsea since his side beat Arsenal to reach the semifinals of the Champions League, says he wants to stay at the club.
 arrow Football: Rebecca tells her side
Rebecca Loos has lifted the lid on her affair with David Beckham and revealed his favourite sexual antics.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick rescues US
Andy Roddick posted a swift straight-set victory over Thomas Enqvist on Friday to pull the United States level at 1-1 with Sweden after the rainy first day of their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie.
Metropolitanarrow Children observe token hunger strike
Some three hundreds children and their parents yesterday observed a token hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar protesting the price hike of baby foods.
 arrow 2 die in road accident
Two rickshawpullers were killed and several others injured in a road accident at Nababganj upazila in Dhaka yesterday.

The victims were identified as Halud Meah, 28, and Monirul Islam, 20.

 arrow Show cause on B Chowdhury over party name
A declaratory suit was filed against former president and convenor of Bikalpa Dhara AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday seeking a temporary injunction on forming his new political party name "Bangladesh
 arrow Truck helper shot, driver mugged
A truck helper was shot and its driver mugged in the city yesterday.
 arrow JCD leaders beat DU student
A student of Dhaka University was beaten by two leaders of ruling party backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the campus yesterday.
Nationalarrow Jobless youth in Rangpur becomes self-reliant by papaya cultivation
A jobless youth here has become self-reliant by cultivating papaya in an extensive scale.
 arrow 4-km canal being filled up to build 'model village' in Gaibandha
A four-kilometre (KM) canal at Damodorepur in Sadullapur upazila is being filled up for building a 'model village' ignoring local people's hopes and aspirations.
 arrow People of Teknaf yet to be brought under sanitation coverage
People of Teknaf are yet to be brought under sanitary coverage.
 arrow Concern over academic atmosphere in Nilphamari school
The academic atmosphere of Nilphamari Government Girls' High School has become uncertain as four 'controversial teachers' of the school stage a comeback soon.
 arrow Polls campaign on in Syedpur Pourasabha
The election campaign has started in Syedpur Pourasabha following announcement of the polls date on May 6.
 arrow Eye camp ends
One hundred and thirty cataract eye patients were operated upon and 672 others treated free of cost at a week long eye camp held at Kulaura Model Girls' High School recently.
 arrow ... to get rid of curse of poverty
A young man at Koraitola village under Senbagh upazila in Noakhali took his life on Sunday to get rid of the curse of poverty.
 arrow Widows, elderly people lay siege to RAKUB
Distressed widows and elderly people on Monday laid siege to a branch of the Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) in Domar upazila after being 'harassed' by its manager.
Point-Counterpointarrow Easter: Feast of new life
Alleluiah! Today is Easter Sunday! Today the Christian community joyfully celebrates the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 arrow Resurrection message
The Resurrection of Christ is God's protest against the power of evil and death. It is heaven's 'NO' to all that negate and frustrate human life and its meaning.
 arrow The joy in death (sorrow)
It was a misty night
When everything was clear
Jesus had ceased to fight
Because his death was near.

Culturearrow The musical duo
Abida Sultana and Rafiqul Alam are amongst the most prominent singer couples in Bangladesh. Although they perform in duets, they are renowned for their individual contributions to music.
 arrow Drama festival arranged by BSA
The drama and film department of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a weeklong drama festival at the National Theatre Stage from April 4 to April 11.
 arrow Hero to perform in Pakistan
Anisul Islam Hero, an internationally acclaimed dancer of Bangladesh, has been invited to perform in fund raising programmes arranged by anti- HIV/AIDS organisation Vision (Lahore), says a press release.
 arrow Madonna provokes Irish Ire with Sunday concert
Dublin (Reuters) - Pop diva Madonna came under fire from Christians in Ireland on Friday after it was confirmed she would play her first ever Irish concert on a Sunday.
Internationalarrow Fearful, wary Arab regimes refrain from criticising US
While support for Sunni and Shia Muslims fighting US troops in Iraq is heating up on the Arab street, Arab regimes are shying away from publicly criticising US military operations in the war-torn country.
 arrow Bush rejects delay in Iraqi power transfer
President George W.
 arrow Thousands flee fresh Lankan fighting
More than 11,000 Sri Lankans have fled their homes since the Tamil Tigers launched an offensive on a breakaway rebel, officials said yesterday, as relief workers used a lull in fighting to hand out relief
 arrow Anti-war activists kick off a weekend of protests
Braving chilly temperatures, and the curious stares of passers-by, a small group of activists rallied in Chicago Friday at the beginning of a weekend of national protests against the occupation of Iraq.
 arrow US to declassify Laden memo
The Bush administration expects to release early next week an intelligence document titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" that the Sept. 11 commission requested.
 arrow Koizumi urged to pull troops out of Iraq
Hundreds of people rallied outside Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's office yesterday, demanding the withdrawal of Japanese troops from Iraq to save the lives of three Japanese kidnapped by insurgents
 arrow Let Cong rest, NDA reign, says Vajapyee
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee launched a blistering attack on the Congress accusing it of having encouraged communalism in the country right from pre-Independence days.
 arrow Megawati's game plan: divide and conquer
The palace is plotting.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tetanus vaccine plant
The fate of the country's lone tetanus toxoid vaccine producing plant has become uncertain, according to a report published in this newspaper yesterday. Production at the plant was suspended in 1997.
 arrow Editorial: Father kills newborn daughters
Some stories are almost too heart-breaking to write about. It was only four days ago that Nazma Begum, a young pregnant woman of Ikry village in Pirojpur, was lying at home, happily anticipating child-birth.
 arrow Constitutional amendment on local government
The cabinet at a meeting recently approved, in principle, a bill seeking insertion of sub-article 59 (1) A and 59 (1) B into the Constitution after Article 59 (1).
 arrow Kosovo calls for a permanent solution
Whoever might have put the match-stick first on the hay-stack the hard truth is that it had again re-kindled the brewing fire with all its destructive potentialities.
Letters to Editorarrow Our future
It is with great sorrow that I write this letter for all of you to see.
 arrow Politicising the police
The country is facing an extreme deterioration of law and order . Every day the newspapers are full of news of extortion, killings, smuggling and violence. Crime rate is increasing day by day.
 arrow When would they wake up?
There are 55 Muslim countries all over the world.
 arrow Iraq scene
The UK, other Western governments and the US are bracing themselves for more attacks by Iraqi freedom fighters.
Star Healtharrow Road safety is no accident
A road traffic injury is any injury due to crashes originating, terminating or involving a vehicle partially or fully on a public highway.
Star Cityarrow BTV goes satellite today
Bangladesh Television (BTV), renamed BTV World, launches its satellite transmission today, after a delay of over three months.
 arrow Overpasses for vehicles at level crossings planned
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) plans to introduce 'partial grade separations' to all vehicles other than trains to ease traffic jam at level crossings.
 arrow Maiden Furniture Fair

 arrow A day of faith, joy and rejoicing
"I am the resurrection and the life!"

Words that were heard at service almost every day, during the Lenten season, the period in which Christians commemorate the agony, the passion and crucifixion and

 arrow All that glitters are not quality cosmetics
Consumers are feared deceived, as no authoritative body exists to control the quality of cosmetics produced in Bangladesh.
 arrow When it Comes to The Clutch