Volume 4 Number 316 Sun. April 18, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Cut crime, essentials' prices to get reelected
Ruling BNP legislators at a pre-budget meeting with Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said if the party wanted to get re-elected, it must improve law and order and tame (the wild horse of) price
 arrow Shoddy work, political motives bury probes into gunrunning
Masterminds of recent arms and ammunition seizure could not be hunted down because of political interference, shoddy investigation, hurried submission of charge-sheets and lack of co-ordination amonglaw
 arrow Rain may ease heat and dust tomorrow
The rising temperature in the capital and the northwest and southwest may come down slightly by tomorrow, as there are chances of rain today in some parts of the country including Dhaka.
 arrow Homeless camp out, 2 more die in Netrakona
Two more people injured in Wednesday's tornado died at Netrakona General Hospital yesterday, bringing to 42 the number of victims killed in the storm, while residents of five twister-affected villages
 arrow PM invites big pvt investment in textiles
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged private sector entrepreneurs to invest in a big way in textiles and promised them all assistance of her government.
 arrow RU appoints 544 staff against 270 posts
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday appointed 544 third and fourth class staff against 270 vacant posts for the categories.
 arrow Govt welcomes pvt sector contribution to basic edu
The government will welcome any private sector initiative to the basic education programmes, like the setting up of foundations or trusts in cooperation with it, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman saidyesterday.
 arrow Dhaka to share information with Delhi
Dhaka will share 'substantive' and 'conclusive' information with Delhi on the April 2 arms haul in Chittagong, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday.
 arrow Govt faces contempt charge
The government faces contempt of court proceedings for violating the Supreme Court (SC)'s directives on separation of judiciary.
 arrow Ship sinking near Patenga coast
A cargo ship owned by the state-owned Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) started sinking near Patenga coast on Friday, as seawater entered into its hatch following a leakage in theengine
 arrow Steep fall in soil nutrients holding back agri growth
Soil nutrients in most of the 7.85 million hectares of arable land in the country have depleted alarmingly, posing a threat to agricultural growth, says the Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI).
 arrow Regional council to oversee CHT uplift efforts
The government yesterday decided to delegate the authority to oversee development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region to its regional council in line with the peace accord on the highlands.
 arrow Bank, customs officials' roles under lens
Authorities of all land ports have been asked to exercise maximum caution in handling imported goods following Wednesday's seizure of about 14.
 arrow Budget steps to ease rice production cost on cards
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday said the cost of rice production is alarmingly high in Bangladesh, but the next fiscal's budget will provide enough support measures for farmers to offset the high
 arrow Bush, Blair support UN broad control over Iraq
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, standing united on two turbulent fronts, endorsed giving the United Nations broad control over Iraq's political future Friday and said a much-criticised
 arrow Top Hamas leader Rantissi killed in Israeli raid
An Israeli helicopter missile strike on a car in Gaza City killed top Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi yesterday, Hamas sources and medics said.
 arrow US soldier kidnapped, Japanese freed
A 20-year-old US military reservist was paraded as a hostage by insurgents in Iraq as talks resumed Saturday on ways to end the bloodshed in Fallujah, the Sunni stronghold west of Baghdad.
 arrow KEPZ chief clinically dead in Bangkok
The body of Golam Rabbani, managing director of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) and also an ex-naval commodore, may be flown back to Dhaka from Bangkok today.
 arrow Hasina renews call for unity to dislodge govt
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her call to all like-minded parties to launch a united movement to dislodge the coalition government.
 arrow Myanmar junta allows Suu Kyi's party to reopen HQ
Military-ruled Myanmar has allowed Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy to reopen its headquarters nearly a year after it was closed in a crackdown against the opposition, a party official
 arrow Pak foreign secy not coming tomorrow
The visit of Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokar, who was scheduled to arrive tomorrow, has been rescheduled in the first week of next month.
 arrow The branch of a tree shoved into a lidless manhole...

 arrow Harun appears in court for bail tommorow
Leading businessman Yussuf Abdullah Harun will appear before a Comilla court tomorrow to seek bail in a case filed against him on charge of attempting to kill a resident of Muradnagar in Comilla.
 arrow JCD men beat up journalists during looting
Police failed to make any headway into their probe into Friday's assault on four people including two journalists allegedly by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal ( JCD) cadres while ransacking and looting a drug
 arrow 'Criminal' shot dead in Mohammadpur
Unknown assailants gunned down a youth, allegedly second-in-command of a criminal outfit, at Shekhertek in Mohammadpur yesterday morning, witnesses said.
 arrow JS body cautions ministers about making pledges
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday cautioned cabinet members about making indiscriminate pledges at the Jatiya Sangsad (JS).
 arrow Dr Kamal asks AL to go to JS to demand independent probe
President of Jatiya Oikya Mancha Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged the main opposition Awami League (AL) to go to the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) to press for formation of an independent, impartial national committee
Businessarrow NGOs should face action for illegal activities
Grameen Bank Managing Director Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said steps should be taken against the NGOs if they are found involved in illegal activities.
 arrow Handloom products can fetch Tk 500cr a year from exports
Handloom products can fetch Tk 500 crore a year if the sector gets policy support from the government, entrepreneurs said yesterday.
 arrow Opec allows members to produce beyond limits
Opec President Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Saturday he would visit Russia to talk about the global oil market, adding the cartel was allowing members to produce above official output limits as oil prices
 arrow China booming but urban poverty set to get worse
Qing Guiyun and her husband Chen Hao spend most of their days in a pedestrian underpass in Beijing's busy Chaoyang business district, she peddling books and he seeking jobs as a part-time home repairman
 arrow Yemen Airways to start operation in Dhaka from next month
Yemen Airways will start its operation in Dhaka from May 23, airline's officials announced yesterday.
 arrow 3 students get TMIB-AKTEL scholarships
Three students have received TMIB-AKTEL scholarships for 2004.

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque yesterday handed over scholarship documents to the students at a function in Dhaka.

 arrow Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific in Dhaka
Miles Young, chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific, a Hong Kong-based advertising agency, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a four-day visit.
 arrow HSBC to extend loan to buyers of Honda cars
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) in Bangladesh will provide car loans to the customers of DHS Motors, the sole distributor of Honda vehicles in Bangladesh, at a preferential
 arrow EU commissioners head to Moscow Thursday
European Commission head Romano Prodi and seven other members of the EU executive will visit Moscow next Thursday in an effort to work through several policy disputes, notably concerning the bloc's enlargement
 arrow S'pore exports surge 17pc in March
The value of Singapore's exports surged 17 percent last month compared to a year ago. The rise, slightly above market expectations, prompted analysts to forecast a strong set of figures in the secondquarter.
Sportsarrow Athletics: Iva shines in Mirpur swansong
The top athletes of the country bade goodbye to the Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur National Stadium yesterday after the 29th national athletics championships concluded without a single new record.
 arrow Cricket: Bashundhara, BADC open
Bashundhara Group and Ba-ngladesh Agri-cultural Deve-lopment Corpo-ration (BADC) Krira Sangha will launch the first-ever Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League (CCL) at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: India can only get better
Former cricket great Imran Khan Saturday predicted the Indian team would go from strength to strength after their maiden series win in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib feels sad
Disgruntled Pakistani pa-ceman Shoaib Akhtar Sunday lamented the home series loss against India and his own poor form but denied any lack of effort and differences with captain Inzamamul Haq.
 arrow Cricket: Time for small cricket
England aim to capitalise on the absence of Brian Lara when the seven-match one-day international series against the West Indies starts in Guyana on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: The smiling assassin
He is enjoying unpreceden-ted popularity in Pakistan but a clueless Indian seamer Laxmipathy Balaji, is still wondering what has made him click in this land of Pathans.
 arrow Cricket: Zim on collision course
The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) and a group of 13 rebel players have issued writs against each other for alleged breach of contract.
 arrow Football: Henry floods Leeds
Arsenal virtually wrapped up their 13th league title on Friday after Thierry Henry scored four times in a 5-0 demolition of relegation-haunted Leeds United.
 arrow Football: Victoria shuns Loos' story
Victoria Beckham shunned Rebecca Loos' sensational TV interview and instead drowned her sorrows in a Swiss bar.
 arrow Football: Final hurrah for Baggio
Former European-footballer-of-the-year Roberto Baggio will make a farewell appearance for Italy in their friendly match against Spain later this month.
 arrow Athletics: BAAF council today
The council meeting of the Bangladesh Amateur Athletics Federation (BAAF) will be held today at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS-Ispahani cricket
Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded a massive 154-run victory over Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Sports Association in the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l jr chess
Seven players jointly led the table with three points each after the end of the third round games in the 25th National Junior Chess Championship at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Golf: GP President Cup golf held
K J Yoon clinched the men's title while C D Hwang won the women's crown in the GrameenPhone President Cup golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) course on April 16.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Magura Cricket Coaching Centre recorded a eight-wicket victory over Mukul Smriti Sangha in a cricket tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Nat'l v'ball
Rajshahi and Satkhira DSAs won their respective matches on the inaugural day of the City Bank National Youth Volleyball Championship yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Tea stall owner shot as extortionists trade fire
A tea stall owner at Sayadabad Bus Terminal in the city was hit by bullet in a shootout between the two groups of toll collectors yesterday.
 arrow Govt interference alleged
Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim MP yesterday alleged that the government was interfering in the Jail Killing Case to save the prime accused -- KM Obaidur Rahman MP, Shah Moazzem Hossain and Lt. Col.
 arrow Campaign to ensure quality primary edn
The primary and mass education ministry yesterday launched a communication campaign to raise awareness among teachers and guardians to ensure quality primary education.
 arrow Thirteen fake examinees held
Thirteen fake examinees were held on the first day of admission tests for first year honours courses at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday.
Nationalarrow Trump card in last week of month, Jalil tells Chuadanga AL council
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil urged the BNP-Jamaat government to step down or to face a "mass movement".
 arrow Let it be called a DPHE monument
A water supply project in Rangpur town is lying unused for the last two years allegedly due to faulty construction.
 arrow Electricity: Barisal gets one third of demand
The Power Development Board (PDB) supplies only about one-third of the demanded for electricity in Barisal region, seriously disrupting

normal life.

 arrow 25,000 acres of Boro lands affected
An unauthorised dam on the Buri river is affecting irrigation of about 25,000 acres of IRRI-Boro lands in three unions under Nabinagar upazila in the district.
 arrow Commercial farming promises prosperity
Abdul Karim Howlader, 70, is a successful farmer. He earned about Tk three lakh so far by cultivating watermelon on two acres of land and expects to earn more Tk 50,000 from the harvested crop.
 arrow JCD rivals' clash leaves 10 injured in Barisal
At least 10 persons were injured, six of them critically, in a clash between two rival groups of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) here yesterday.
 arrow Havilder murder: PBCP claims responsibility
The Janajuddho faction of PBCP (Purba Banglar Communist Party) has claimed responsibility for Havilder Akram Hossain's murder.
 arrow Transport strike in Gaibandha today
Gaibandha motor owners' association and Gaibandha motor truck workers' union jointly gave an ultimatum to go on transport strike from today if the BRTC coaches are not stopped from plying along the Panchpir-Chittagong
 arrow Abducted college girl yet to be rescued
A college girl is yet to be rescued from the clutch of her abductors after several days of her missing.
 arrow Paddy-loaded truck yet to be recovered
A paddy-loaded truck is yet to be rescued after being hijacked by armed miscreants from Sathibari on the Rangpur-Bogra Highway on April 14.
 arrow Barisal Mayor lays war memorial foundation anew
After publication of the news of removal of the Liberation War foundation stone from the court area, Barisal City Corporation Mayor Majibur Rahman Sarwar on Friday laid another foundation at a little
Point-Counterpointarrow Economic cost of road accidents in Bangladesh
It is said that in a global context about one million persons die out of road accidents. The poor countries have about 40 percent of world's motor vehicles but have 86 percent fatalities.
 arrow Dr Fyzennessa: A dream unrealised
Dr Fyzennessa and I were colleagues in Viqarunnesa Noon School in the mid-fifties; in fact we were 'next door neighbours' because both of us taught the two sections of KGI.
Culturearrow A multi-faceted theatre personality
Mannan Heera, the current president of Bangladesh Patha Natok Parishod (BPNP) is unafraid of speaking his mind.
 arrow Kutir e Anki art competition
Kutir e Anki, a drawing school for children, welcomed the Bangla New Year in a new way. The school held a daylong drawing competition and cultural function on the occasion.
 arrow German Embassy and Kranti present a cultural soiree
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and Kranti Shilpi Gosthi jointly organised a cultural evening named Aloye Bharuk Pran (Let there be Light).
 arrow New ratings for Channel-i
In a public poll among the Bangladeshi viewers, made by the Sirius Marketing and Social Research Ltd., Channel-i tops the list of the satellite channels in Bangladesh.
 arrow Silent movies in this era of talkies?
Goethe Institut, in cooperation with the Zahir Raihan Film Society (ZRFS), is bringing to the city six silent movies of the post-First World War period from 1918 to 1925.
Internationalarrow Chinese chlorine gas explosion kills 9
Leaking chlorine gas exploded at a chemical plant in China's southwest, killing as many as nine people and forcing 150,000 to flee their homes, the government said yesterday.
 arrow Kerry calls for end to 'Made in America' tag on Iraq occupation
Democratic presidential contender John Kerry yesterday called on President George W. Bush to get rid of the "Made in America" tag on the US-led occupation of Iraq in a new campaign attack.
 arrow US asks Syria to control border with Iraq
The United States on Friday said it had renewed a warning to Syria this week to prevent insurgents from crossing its border into Iraq, suggesting that increased vigilance of the frontier was in Damascus'
 arrow EU warns world of US 'damage' to ME drive
A top European Union official yesterday warned the world community had to repair "an awful lot of damage" arising from a historic US policy reversal on the Middle East peace process.
 arrow Iraq war logic 'flawed'
The US military strategy in Iraq is based on a "flawed" logic because it is pursuing the mutually exclusive goals of changing the country's regime and doing it "quickly and on the cheap," an Americanmilitary
 arrow Cops nab 1,000 Nepalis as anti-king demo foiled
Around 1,000 people were taken into custody yesterday as police in Nepal broke up new demonstrations against the royalist government and protesters torched two trucks, witnesses said.
 arrow Indian movie star among 4 killed in plane crash
An Indian movie star campaigning in upcoming elections was among four people killed yesterday when their plane crashed after take-off near the southern city of Bangalore, police said.
 arrow 'Bush planned Iraq war in Dec 2001'
President George W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Massive tornado wreckage
The victims of Wednesday's tornado are trying to rebuild their lives, virtually from the scratch. But reports indicate that they are not getting the kind of support they need in their hour of distress.
 arrow Editorial: Cricket as a confidence builder
India's maiden series victories, both in the ODI and Test versions of the game on Pakistan soil, must have given the Indians a rare taste of triumph.
 arrow Pygmalion revisited
Iraq is in flames.
 arrow NSC in position
Now that the National Security Council (NSC) bill has been passed by both Houses of Parliament, we should be able to get on with our on-off "democratic" life, the raison d'etre for electing our legislators
Letters to Editorarrow Trade in trouble
The business community is in peril. The prevailing law and order does not support the businessmen.
 arrow Rape victims
The report about the suicide of a girl (April 10 DS) says a 15-year old girl committed suicide right after the day she was raped. She could not bear the insult, which led her to kill herself.
 arrow Rape news
It's pretty astonishing how news on rape cases is published in newspapers. To make it interesting to the readers, they choose words that are vulgar and indecent.
 arrow Anomaly in bank practices
I would like to draw the attention of the finance minister, the governor of Bangladesh Bank and the MDs of nationalised and private banks to an anomaly in the banking system of our country regarding the
 arrow Harsh comments
This is in reference to the post-match commentary given by Mr.
 arrow Our cricket
As a keen follower of cricket for over 35 years, I wish to mention certain things about Bangladesh cricket for the consideration of the concerned persons.
Star Healtharrow How to help out kids who soil their pants
If you are the parent of a child who has bowel movements (BMs) in places other than the toilet, you know how frustrating it can be.
Star Cityarrow Steps soon to stop artificial ripening
The government has decided to frame a policy in six months to control the indiscriminate use of toxic chemicals in growing vegetables and ripening fruits.
 arrow Illegal pumps add to water crisis in city
Majority of homeowners, especially of high-rise buildings, have installed illegal water pumps causing serious disruption to Water and Sewerage Authority's (Wasa) distribution process and create acutescarcity
 arrow Maiden Internet Fair

 arrow Surf the Net, get the edge
Internet businesspeople look forward to attracting about 50,000 visitors to the four-day Internet Fair 2004, first ever of its kind in Bangladesh.
 arrow Residents oppose new bridge over Dhanmondi Lake
The Dhanmondi Poribesh Unnayon Jote (DPUJ) has expressed its apprehension over the plan for construction of a new bridge that would connect Road 4 and Road 3A bisecting the Dhanmondi Lake.
 arrow Proposed service cell for high-rises has to be put under microscope
The One Window Service Cell (OWSC) under the proposed Dhaka City Highrise Building Construction Act-2003 prompted mixed feelings from speakers at a roundtable on Sunday that emphasised it needed a broad