Volume 4 Number 311 Mon. April 12, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow KEPZ chief bullet-hit, Fu Wang man killed
Unknown assailants gunned down an official of a Taiwanese food company and critically wounded the managing director of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) also an ex-naval commodore in twin armed attacks
 arrow Sporadic battles mar Fallujah ceasefire
Gunmen shot down a US attack helicopter during fighting in western Baghdad yesterday, killing its two crew, the US army said.
 arrow 157 structures demolished
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and Dhaka district administration in a joint drive have demolished 157 illegal structures on the bank of the river Buriganga in last two days.
 arrow Masked men shoot Mirpur trader point blank to death
Unidentified assailants gunned down two people including a garment by-products trader and injured a 12-year-old boy in separate incidents in Mirpur and Badda yesterday.
 arrow Criminals stalk Rayer Bazar traders
Business people, especially the small traders and developers in Sankar, Rayer Bazar and Katashur, are living in a constant intimidation as a gang led by one Zahir maintain a reign of terror in those areas.
 arrow Security scurry ahead of Pahela Baishakh
Over 3,000 policemen are deployed at 40 strategic points of the city to thwart any untoward incident during the Bangla New Year celebrations.
 arrow Govt extends Block 9 PSC by 120 days
The government has extended the production sharing contract (PSC) of the block 9 oil companies by 120 days as the exploration faced a number of obstacles.
 arrow AL calls off arms probe in face of non-cooperation
Non-cooperation of police and administration officials in Chittagong thwarted an Awami League (AL) initiative to probe the April 2 arms haul, forcing a visiting AL parliamentary team to wind up its fact-finding
 arrow Raped, acid-burnt, now abandoned by husband
They raped and splashed acid on her; her newly-married husband refused to take her home as her face was distorted and she no more looked beautiful. Her world turned out to be a living hell.
 arrow Chief whip for new law instead of constitution amendment
A senior ruling BNP lawmaker yesterday favoured an ordinary law instead of a constitutional amendment to display the portraits of the president and the prime minister in government offices.
 arrow JS body asks Wasa to supply smell-free water
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) to ensure uninterrupted supply of safe, ordourless water to city dwellers.
 arrow AL threatens to lay siege to PM's house
Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Kader yesterday threatened to lay siege to the cantonment residence of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia if the ruling BNP besieges Sudha Sadan, the Dhanmondi
 arrow Over 7,500 file nomination for 118 municipal corpn elections
Over 600 people submitted nomination papers to returning officers to run for chairmanship in 118 municipal corporations across the country yesterday, the last day for submitting candidature.
 arrow Turkey refuses to quit race for top OIC job
As Turkey has refused to withdraw its candidature for the office of secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Dhaka hopes to hold further negotiations to convince Ankara.
 arrow ISPR dismisses Ctg mayor's claim on separatist camps
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) yesterday dismissed as 'false,' 'misleading' and 'motivated' Saturday's statement by the Chittagong mayor that Indian separatists have 50 to 60 training camps
 arrow Strike in all educational institutions today
Three student organisations enforce a countrywide strike in the educational institutions today demanding arrest and punishment of the Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saidee for what they said
 arrow FM concerned at civilian deaths in Iraq
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday expressed concern over the growing civilian casualties in Iraq and urged both the coalition forces and Iraqi insurgents to exercise restraint to avert civilian
 arrow Allowances for 1 lakh more senior citizens
The government in a pre-budget meeting yesterday decided to increase the number of beneficiaries of its senior citizens allowance scheme by one lakh.
 arrow Railway to get unlimited funds for uplift
The government yesterday assured Bangladesh Railway (BR) officials of unlimited funding in implementing an integrated development plan for the railway sector.
 arrow New threat made to Japanese hostages
The three Japanese prisoners being held hostage by guerrillas in Iraq will be killed within 24 hours, according to a man claiming to have visited the group.
 arrow Two killed in clash over land dispute
Two alleged gangsters were killed in a clash between two groups of people over occupation of a disputed land at Bayezid in the city Saturday night.
 arrow Jalil terms PM's Saturday speech unbalanced
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday termed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Saturday's speech in a public meeting as unbalanced remarks.
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara to be floated at another date
The alternative political stream of former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury will try another date as it missed yesterday as scheduled earlier to launch its political party styled as Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh.
 arrow Explosion rocks bank office in Khulna
A bomb exploded inside the compound of National Bank Limited's Khulna branch office on Khan A Sabur Road in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hope dims as Russian toll hits 40
The death toll from a gas blast at a Siberian colliery has risen to 40 while hopes for the survival of seven more missing miners dim as rescuers dig with their bare hands to reach them.
Businessarrow Curb corruption to cut business cost
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to improve law and order, curb corruption especially in customs and tax department and better port efficiency to help cut cost of doing business
 arrow An eye-opener for local furniture makers
The first-ever furniture fair that ended yesterday in Dhaka attracted a huge number of visitors inspiring local furniture makers to continue their efforts to produce quality furniture and sell them at
 arrow ICT task force talks turning BTTB into corporate body
The National Task Force on ICT yesterday discussed the matter turning the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) into a service-oriented corporate body.
 arrow EU expansion to nudge fledgling recovery
The European Union's imminent enlargement is set to boost the slowly recovering economies of the current EU members, but hopes of a huge impact should not be exaggerated given the newcomers' size, analysts
 arrow Global economy resilient to surging commodity prices
Surging commodity prices appear to be having only a mildly damaging impact on the global economy while providing a much-needed boost for many developing countries, analysts said.
 arrow Still no respite from wage reform in S'pore
Even if Singapore's first quarter growth hits six percent as some analysts gave forecast, bosses "would be short-sighted if they used the reprieve to delay the wage reform process, labour chief Lim Boon
 arrow Mercedes' new Roadster launched in Bangladesh
Rancon Motors Limited, the general distributor for DaimlerChrysler AG in Bangladesh, has introduced a new model of Mercedes Roadster car in local market.
 arrow Citigroup director in Dhaka
Lauren Pickett, director of Global Anti-Money Laundering Training at Citigroup, the holding company of Citibank NA, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a five-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Taxpayers toll hits 15.33 lakh
The number of taxpayers in the country rose to 15,33,179 as of March this year.
 arrow WB country director meets commerce minister
World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich called on Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury at his office here yesterday.
 arrow Janata Bank cuts interest rate on farm loan
Janata Bank has cut interest rate on farm loan to 8 percent from 10 percent to increase agri investment and help farmers to reduce their cost of farming.
 arrow CSE holds training on int'l accounting standard
Good corporate governance and practice of international accounting standard (IAS) are prerequisite for ensuring transparency in capital market.
 arrow Suppliers ready for Asia nuclear power plants
From India to China, energy-deficient Asia is spending billions of dollars to build nuclear power plants, sparking fierce competition among global equipment makers for the bonanza.
 arrow S Korea spends more state money to boost growth
The South Korean government boosted the spending of state funds this year to spur economic growth, private consumption and corporate investment, official data showed Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mottau wants less shots
Owen Mottau believes that the Bangladeshi batsmen have shown marked improvement during the tour of Zimbabwe but there was still room to work on their shot selection before the Tigers visit the West Indies
 arrow Cricket: Selection dilemma of different kinds
Injury-hit Pakistan are struggling to pick a team and India don't know who to leave out for the crucial thi-rd and final Test starting here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Vintage Lara
Brian Lara, using the easy nature of the Antigua Recreation Ground pitch, was within sight of his 25th Test hundred as West Indies enjoyed their best day with the bat against England on the rain-affected
 arrow Cricket: ECB dispels tour fears
England will go ahead with their controversial tour of Zimbabwe later this year, according to their senior administrator, amidst growing fears that cancellation would prove financially ruinous.
 arrow Cricket: Narail Govt, Little Flower in semis
Abdus Sabur hit 77 as Na-rail Govern-ment High School registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Saint Xavier's High School of Khulna in one of the four low scoring final round matches of theStandard
 arrow Tennis: Belarus abase Argentina
Belarus sustained their giant-killing run in the Davis Cup on Saturday after Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov grabbed a winning 3-0 lead against Argentina in the quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Jekyll and Hyde Ronaldinho
Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho scored one of the goals which set Barcelona on their way to a 3-1 at Valladolid on Saturday but then put his good work to waste by getting sent off.
 arrow Football: It's Gunners' for the taking
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri admitted his side had lost their chance of overtaking Arsenal at the top of the Premiership after they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Middlesbrough on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Milan's penalty escape
Andrea Pirlo converted a controversial late penalty for AC Milan as the deposed Champions League holders bounced back from their embarrassing European exit to move a step closer to the Italian leaguetitle
 arrow Football: Becks' second lover!
David Beckham faced a new rash of lurid headlines on Sunday as "kiss-and-tell" stories alleging affairs with two women were splashed across British newspapers.
 arrow Cricket: CCL to be 13-team event
The first ever Corporate Cricket League (CCL) will be a 13-team competition after CityCell became a last minute entry to the line-up.
 arrow Hockey: U-21 hockey team leaves Thursday
A 24-member Bangladesh hockey team leaves for Pakistan on Thursday to participate in the Fifth Under-21 Asia Cup that begins in Karachi on April 20.
 arrow Cricket: Windies dominate
Brian Lara was batting on a magnificent 165 as the West Indies went to lunch at 342 for three in their first innings on the second day of the fourth and final Test against England at St.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS-Ispahani cricket
Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded a five-wicket victory over Shaheed Shahjahan Sangha in the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Gaibandha TT
Dristi clinched the girls singles title while Babu won the boys singles crown in the Sachindra Kumar Chaki Smrity Table Tennis tournament at the hall room of Gaibandha town yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Pukhuria Star Club defeated Mona Lisa Ekadosh by 74 runs in the Shaheed Zia Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Muljan High School playground in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Magura soccer final today
Zia Smriti Sangsad take on Shafik Smriti Sangsad in the final of the Econo First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium today.
Metropolitanarrow Teachers, students protest death threat to Duta president
Teachers and students of mass communication and journalism department of Dhaka University yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the culprits who last week threatened to kill Prof AAMSArefin
 arrow RAB likely to start operation in Ctg this month
Work on the setting up of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) camp started in Chittagong on Saturday.
 arrow Immediate trial of killers of journalists demanded
The Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) has expressed resentment over the dillydallying policy of the government to bring under trial the culprits responsible for the killings of Manik Saha,
 arrow Web site of DU Journal of Science launched
The official web site of the Dhaka University (DU) Journal of Science was launched yesterday.
 arrow Jubo League chairman, BCL president get anticipatory bail
Jubo League Chairman Jahangir Kabir Nanak and two others were granted anticipatory bail yesterday for three months.
 arrow Bamboo sculpture exhibition begins tomorrow
An 18-day bamboo sculpture exhibition will begin at the British Council in the city tomorrow to celebrate the Bengali New Year 1411.
 arrow Pakundia Samity installation ceremony held
The installation ceremony of the newly elected executive committee of Dhaka-based Pakundia Samity was held in the city recently, with its president Momtazuddin Bhuiyan in the chair, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 'India's river-linking project will make Bangladesh a desert'
State Minister for Water Resources Advocate Goutam Chakraborty has said "Bangladesh will become a desert" if India implements its river inter-linking project.
 arrow From rags to riches
Farid Mia used to work as a day labourer and at times peddle rickshaw to earn bread for his family.

His now earns around Tk 30,000 a month.

 arrow Magura dist leaders forced to hold AL council on schedule
Leaders and activists forced the Magura district Awami League leaders to withdraw a postponement order and held the Shalikha upazila party council on schedule yesterday.
 arrow 6 fishermen missing in rough sea
Six fishermen are missing as their trawler FB Shajalal sank in the rough sea off the Golachipa coast in Patualhali district on Saturday.

There were eight fishermen on board.

 arrow 37 arms licenses cancelled in Bogra
The district administration recently cancelled licenses of 37 firearms due to non-renewal of licenses.

Bogra deputy commissioner (DC) cancelled the licenses under Arms Act.

 arrow Human chain on Carmichael College campus
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Saturday formed a human chain on the Rangpur Carmichael College campus demanding arrest and punishment to Muhibul Hassan Tuhin's assailants.
 arrow Death for killer husband in Barisal
A killer husband was condemned to death by the First Additional District and Sessions Judge Court here on Saturday.
 arrow Govt failed in all sectors, claims former state minister
Awami League (AL) central leader and former state minister for relief Talukder Abdul Khaleque MP has said demanding resignation of a "failed government" is not undemocratic.
 arrow B'baria municipal polls on May 6
Election to Brahmanbaria Pourasabha will be held on May 6, according to a recent announcement of the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Muhammad Hanif, also the Returning Officer of Brahmanbaria Pourasabha
 arrow Death threat to police officer
Chuadanga Sadar thana sub-inspector Hayatuzzaman received a death threat from outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) on Thursday.
 arrow Woman, minor son abducted in Khulna
A housewife and her nine-year-old son were abducted by unidentified miscreants here on April 6.
Point-Counterpointarrow ‘The Great Divide’
I have read with interest Yasmeen Murshed's column Talking Books (Daily Star, 23 February 2004) relating to H.V. Hodson's The Great Divide.
 arrow Understanding cholesterol
There's so much information out there about cholesterol, but many people don't really understand what it is. All cholesterol isn't bad.
Culturearrow Chalachitravidhya: New book on film study by Anupam Hayat
It has been 48 years since the public release of Mukh O Mukhosh, the first ever feature film made in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan).
 arrow Tonatuni releases three albums for the Baishakh
Tonatuni, an offbeat audio production house, promotes authenticity of music and tries hard to encourage talented artistes rather than just focus purely on the profit motive.
 arrow Bijori in a Pakistani serial
The viewers will get to see Bijori Barkatullah in a Pakistani serial 30-epiosode Sadai-E Rashmi Rahe. She will act in the seventh episode onwards.
Generalarrow Four get death penalty for killing two
Two courts in Dhaka yesterday sentenced four people to death and three others to life imprisonment in two murder cases.
 arrow BTV launches satellite transmission
With the state-run Bangladesh Television going global, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said beaming the BTV programmes outside the country is a glorious event for the nation.
 arrow Four youths complete mountaineering training
Four Bangladeshi youths have completed their basic mountaineering training course from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling as a first step to undertake the Everest expedition.
 arrow Two more offshore patrol vessels sail for home from UK
Two newly procured Bangladesh Navy ships, Sangu and Turag, have sailed for home from Portsmouth, UK to join the naval fleet of offshore patrol vessels (OPV).
 arrow DU exams postponed
All the examinations of Dhaka University, scheduled for today, have been postponed due to unavoidable reason.

Fresh dates of the exams will be announced soon, said a DU press release yesterday.

 arrow Committee to start inquiry next week
Members of the newly constituted committee to review progress in the implementation of the Fifth Wage Board Award will start visiting newspaper offices in Dhaka next week to inquire into whether the journalists
 arrow 'Islam never supports terrorism'
Since Islam is a tolerant and pluralistic religion, the whole Muslim nations should not be labeled as terrorist because of the acts committed by some individuals and renegade groups, said the speakers
Internationalarrow Tigers take key town from renegades
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels readied a fresh offensive against renegades yesterday after capturing a key town in fighting that has jeopardised the new government's call to revive peace talks, officials
 arrow Pre-Sept 11 memo to Bush warned al-Qaeda active in US
A security memo sent to President George W.
 arrow 'Zero speed on Kashmir won't help Indo-Pak ties'
Pakistan has cautioned India that "zero" speed on resolving the Kashmir issue and "supersonic" speed on tackling other issues like trade would not lead to progress in Indo-Pak rapprochement.
 arrow Congress, BJP trade charges on Bofors
Reeling under the BJP's Bofors assault on Sonia Gandhi and the questions posed by M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, the Congress today hit back, posing three questions to the Prime Minister on the issue.
 arrow 'Sharon to get US nod to keep West Bank land'
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will receive, in exchange for a planned Gaza pullout, a written US assurance Israel will not have to quit all of the West Bank in any future peace deal, an Israeli newspaper
 arrow American opposition to Iraq war gets growing
A year after Baghdad fell to jubilant US forces, American public support for the occupation appears to be waning fast following a week of unparalleled anti-US violence in Iraq.
 arrow Shooting of Chen 'not self-inflicted': US expert
US forensic expert Henry Lee yesterday ruled out one of the more outlandish theories in the election-eve shooting of President Chen Shui-bian when he said it was not self-inflicted.
 arrow Break-in at Tagore's nest yet again
Security measures continue to be honoured in the breach at Uttarayan and its vicinity with a second break-in taking place a fortnight after the Nobel burglary at Rabindra Bhavan.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hawa Bhaban-Sudha Bhaban face-off
We look with great trepidation at the BNP threat to lay a siege on Sudha Bhaban, the residence of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, as a measure to counter the AL's declared plan to do the same aroundHawa
 arrow Editorial: Iraq turns more volatile
Situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating. Armed clashes between the Iraqis and the allied troops are commonplace. An increasing number of masked gunmen, mainly youths, can be seen fighting the US troops.
 arrow The travails of a non-NATO ally
By making a caricature of Saddam Hussain's physical apprehension last December and consigning even earlier his Bathist set-up to history Washington's neo-conservatives could indeed boost the incumbent
 arrow Election sans issues
WHEN the result of the first survey was publishedit gave the BJP and its allies more than 300 seats in the 545-member Lok SabhaPrime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee told the editor of a south Indian daily
 arrow Contemplating political reforms
The way things are, the answer cannot be a simple "yes" or "no". We need to think hard about reforming our autocratic parties as well as our struggling parliamentary process.
Letters to Editorarrow Sheikh Hasina, hartal and credibility
I have read your rather lengthy commentary " So what have you proved"(DS April 9th). Many of us who read the DS feel space in the paper has great value.
 arrow Post-hartal question
I wish to congratulate you for the excellent commentary published on April 9. Your observation of the single-mindedness of the leader of the Opposition could not be better described.
 arrow A timely commentary
I must thank you for writing an important commentary "So, what have you proved?" April 9, against the destructive hartal. Indeed, you deserve a pat on the back.
 arrow Man is different!
Man alone is different. So utterly, sorrowfully and needlessly different. The male bird has to compete, toil and bend backwards to please and win a mate.
 arrow Roundabouts of Dhaka city
I am disappointed to see the removal of the roundabouts of Dhaka city. It is much more than removing a few beautiful full-grown trees and a fountain. Here we have gone one step backward in traffic management.
 arrow Another Intifada in the making?
As savage fighting is raging across Iraq a different kind of war game is being fought within the walls of Pentagon and the White House.
 arrow A teacher's dilemma
I welcomed Zafar Sobhan's article (Friday, April 9) in which he said it was time to focus on the reality of events we are rightly ashamed of in this dear country and stop blaming the media for reporting
 arrow London Letter: A brief reply
It is early, the trains delayed, yesterday's spilled Starbucks half cleaned from metro sets and charity seekers are seeking to ambush your guilt and disrupt the fragile comfort of another day in London.
 arrow British visa
I was rather amused reading Mr Shahedur Rahman's suggestion (Letter to the Editor, April 07, 2004) on compensating for 'the imperial repression' by letting people stay in Britain.
Star Cityarrow Diseases make jail a living hell
Most inmates at the Dhaka Central Jail (DCJ) are exposed to serious health hazards with its population far exceeding its capacity.
 arrow City fathers sleep as streetlights burn at dawn
Streetlights that should be put off at dawn are often seen on even an hour after daybreak and are switched on almost an hour before dusk in apparent neglect of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow Ceramics and wood works on show

 arrow Mahanagar Hospital to wear a new look
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has decided to renovate and extend facilities of Mahanagar General Hospital at Nayabazar in the old part of the city.
 arrow Offenders still go scot-free
A year on after the decision was taken, the Communication Ministry seems to have failed to replace illegal driving licenses with legitimate ones.
 arrow Gasping for fresh air
Unplanned urbanisation and city-bound migration are the main causes of shrinkage of open space in the city, experts observed at a seminar.
 arrow Road Digging On