Volume 4 Number 330 Mon. May 03, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Donors want search body this month
Donors want the government to appoint a committee this month to select the members of an independent anti-corruption commission, as they identify corruption as a key impediment to the country's economic
 arrow BTRC may seek bids by next week
The telecoms regulator is likely to invite proposals from private operators by next week to award licence for the internet telephony six months after the cabinet approved its legalisation.
 arrow April's Fool
Seldom has a party leader done so much damage to his party's credibility with so few actions and in so short a time.
 arrow 4 to die for killing Sultana Panni
A Dhaka tribunal yesterday sentenced four youths to death for killing Sultana Khan Panni, wife of former deputy speaker Humayun Khan Panni, on May 19 last year.
 arrow Proshika's culture wing sealed
Police yesterday sealed the people's culture wing of Proshika and seized documents in a raid on its headquarters in Mirpur to find proof of the non-governmental organisation's alleged antigovernment activities.
 arrow BNP MPs oppose bureaucrats at local govt helm
Ruling BNP lawmakers at a parliamentary body meeting yesterday opposed the idea of appointing government officials to local government bodies once the tenure of the elected representatives ends.
 arrow Labour welfare body in pipeline
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said her government was planning to set up a 'labour welfare foundation' aimed at training and re-training of workers and rehabilitation of unemployed labourers.
 arrow Rampant violations of election rules alleged
Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (FEMA) and Brotee, two non-government organisations (NGO) working with election monitoring, yesterday alleged that most of the candidates standing for upcoming municipality
 arrow Outrage over Iraq photos growing
The US-led coalition is facing outrage amid mounting allegations of widespread abuse at its jails in Iraq and growing anger from the people it claims to have liberated.
 arrow HC orders lower court to drop case against baby boy
The High Court yesterday ordered the city's lower court to drop three-year old boy Iman Ali from the attempted murder case in which he was earlier granted bail.
 arrow Eid-e-Miladunnabi today
The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be celebrated today across the country as elsewhere in the Muslim world with due religious fervour, festivity and solemnity.
 arrow Kerosene price upped to diesel's
The government has raised the price of kerosene by Tk 3 to Tk 20 a litre from May 1 in a move to check adulteration of kerosene with diesel.
 arrow Key suspect held
Police arrested a key suspect in the largest ever gunrunning case on a road near KAFCO residential area in Chittagong on Saturday evening, police said.
 arrow Extortionist dies in vigilante beating
A mob beat dead an alleged extortionist and injured four others of a gang at a kitchen market in Rampura Saturday, police said.
 arrow 3 PCJSS men abducted in Rangamati
An armed gang Friday abducted three activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) from Rangamati.
 arrow More deadlines to come: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said there was no reason for the government to relax with the expiry of her party's April-30 deadline to unseat the ruling coalition, as "more 30s
 arrow 9 GIs die in Iraq attacks
Nine US servicemen were killed in Iraq yesterday -- six of them in a mortar attack -- but U.S.
 arrow Political violence, social unrest make journalism risky
Different rights and media organisations yesterday held various programmes on the eve of World Press Freedom Day 2004 today and stressed the need for free flow of information, journalists' professionalism
 arrow Doctor couple held for torturing domestic help
Ramna police yesterday arrested a physician couple on charge of torturing their 10-year-old domestic help.
 arrow 5 Israelis die in Gaza shooting
Palestinian militants yesterday attacked an Israeli vehicle near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, killing four children and their mother, the Israeli army said. Two attackers were killed.
 arrow AL MP comes under attack, escapes unhurt
Main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmaker Abdul Hye yesterday escaped unhurt a series of bomb attack on a procession he was leading in the evening at Shailkopa.
 arrow 3 hangmen visit Ershad Shikder's gallows
Three hangmen to execute notorious criminal Ershad Shikder on May 10 visited the gallows of Khulna District Jail Saturday night.
 arrow Pakistan foreign secretary due on May 5
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Reaz H Khokar comes to Dhaka on May 5 to hold talks with his Bangladesh counterpart Shamser Mobin Chowdhury on bilateral, regional and international issues.
 arrow Govt won't step down before its tenure ends
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the ruling party would go into the next election only after the present government completes its tenure.
 arrow Contempt plea against media man rejected
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected plea of a city magistrate to draw contempt proceedings against a UNB reporter for writing that she (magistrate) stood up and saluted a minister as he entered
 arrow Barisal city Jubo Dal secy, five others wounded
Masked gunmen critically wounded the Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal's Barisal city unit secretary and Barisal City Corporation (BCC) commissioner and five others in a pre-dawn ambush yesterday.
 arrow Five killed in road accident
Five people were killed and 50 others were injured as a speeding bus careered off the road into a ditch in Bagutia in Kalihati upazila Saturday night.
Businessarrow Bangladesh on track to achieve growth target
Bangladesh is on track to achieve the target of 5.
 arrow DCCI proposes Tk 3000cr govt fund to finance RMG backward linkage industries
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has requested the government to create a Tk 3,000 crore fund for financing backward linkage industries of the ready made garment (RMG) sector at six to seven
 arrow Businesses seek revision of account trade deal with Myanmar
Business leaders have urged the government to revise the account trade agreement with Myanmar saying the deal is not helpful to augment bilateral trade.
 arrow WTO diplomats for meaningful effort to restart trade talks
WTO negotiators from the United States, the European Union, Brazil, Kenya and South Africa said after meeting in London Saturday that "meaningful effort" was needed to move forward stalled global trade
 arrow Investors on edge as Indian political future looks less rosy
Just one month ago, it seemed nothing could go wrong for India with economic growth rocketing and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's reform-minded government looking like a shoo-in for re-election.
 arrow LDCs must unite to protect their interests in WTO talks: ActionAid
Least developed countries (LDCs) at the forthcoming WTO mini-ministerial should reach a consensus on protecting their common interests, ActionAid Bangladesh, a non-governmental organisation, said in Dhaka
 arrow New DMD of Grameen Bank
Dipal Chandra Barua has been promoted to the position of deputy managing director of Grameen Bank.

Prior to this promotion, he was the general manager of the bank, says a press release.

 arrow Deals signed for Tk 278cr German grant
Germany will provide a grant of 40.6 million euro equivalent to Tk 278 crore for development of energy and infrastructure under two agreements signed yesterday.
 arrow EU expansion may throw long economic shadow
The new EU goes back to work this week with 25 members and the long-term economic consequences of its historic enlargement could prove greater than the continent's political reunification.
Sportsarrow Football: Sher-e-Bangla Cup starts tomorrow
The Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship kicks off tomorrow across the country after a four-year gap.
 arrow Cricket: CCL jigsaw complete
The second phase line-up of the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket Lea-gue was finalised yesterday with ARAF Apparels, Partex Group and BEXIMCO making way into the Cup stage by winning their respective matches.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket losing BNS
Football and athletics bosses of the country confirmed that they would have the Bangabandhu National Stadium as their permanent home from January 2005.
 arrow Cricket: Sizzling Sarwan, Smith
Huge hitting from Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Smith helped West Indies clinch a thrilling five-wicket victory over England in the fifth one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns loves Lord's!
New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns believes his team will be more motivated than England for the first Test at Lord's later this month.
 arrow Cricket: Bracewell's new vision
New Zealand are finished with being the apologists of world cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Bond with care
New Zealand will take a cautious approach towards Shane Bond's return to Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Making of ‘The Wall'
After an eventful and hectic international season which saw him anchor India's historic wins over Pakistan, Rahul Dravid on Saturday shed light on what goes into the making of 'The Wall'.
 arrow Tennis: It suits Mantilla fine
Felix Mantilla is hoping he can upset the odds and spring another surprise when he begins the defence of his Rome Masters Series title.
 arrow Football: Eto'o rules Africa
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o was named African Footballer of the Year on Friday, becoming the sixth player from his country to win the individual honour.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers resume training today
The West Indies-bound national cricketers resume training at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today under the supervision of coach Dav Whatmore.
 arrow Cricket: Foreigners coming
The organising committee of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League has revised its decision about foreign cricketers' participation in the second phase of the competition, which starts from May 6.
 arrow Cricket: Aminul anchors Metro Green
Aminul scored a sparkling 81 to propel Dhaka Metro Green's way to a six-wicket victory against Sylhet Division in the second phase of the Under-17 development cricket tournament at the City Club ground
 arrow Volleyball: NBL v'ball
Partners Club and Abhijatrik Club recorded their identical 3-0 victories over their respective rivals in the National Bank Second Division Volleyball matches at the volleyball court yesterday.
 arrow Football: Nisa FC due today
A 24-member Nisa FC of Turkmenistan will arrive in Dhaka today to play their away match of the AFC Cup against local giants Mukijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra.
 arrow Football: BFF shrugs off its indifference
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) finally woke up and decided to come to the aid of ailing former national coach Abdur Rahim.
 arrow Cricket: Rising Star lose, MSC win
Both defending champion Rising Star and title aspirants Moha-mmedan Sporting Club had mixed fortunes when the super six round of the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League began on Saturday.
 arrow Golf: Moynamati golf
Major General Masududdin Chowdhury won the Goalini-Moynamati Cup Golf Tournament at Comilla Cantonment on Friday.

Master Albab and Major Tofael became the first and second runners-up respectively.

 arrow Athletics: Mini-marathon held
Sarwarul Alam became champion while Abdul Azim and Rafiqul Islam secured the runner-up and third position respectively in the Maltova Recharge Mini Marathon which was held in Chittagong on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Real face doom
Real Madrid crashed to a potentially crucial 2-0 defeat against a second-string Deportivo La Coruna to leave the way clear for Valencia to win the Spanish title.
 arrow Football: Foxes’ brief honeymoon over
Leicester City were condemned to relegation after one season in the premier league despite a 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic.
 arrow Football: Egypt to fight till end
Egypt says it is far from certain which African country will host the 2010 World Cup finals and the battle will continue up until FIFA's executive commitee votes on the issue on May 15.
 arrow Football: Scoring against death
Diego Maradona said Friday he feared for his life during his 12-day hospital stay for heart and lung problems, making his first public comments after leaving intensive care.
 arrow Football: Fergie's Ruud & Roy theory
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has hit out at speculation surrounding star players Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane, saying unfound gossip has become "silly and dangerous.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo likes Bolton attitude
Rivaldo, in South America thinking over a deal with Bolton, said he was very impressed with the Premiership side.
 arrow Football: Becks staying?
Real Madrid's director of football Jorge Valdano has no doubts England captain David Beckham will be playing at the club next season.
Metropolitanarrow People fed up with govt
Bikalpa Dhara Jatiya Committee member Mahi B Chowdhury yesterday said people are fed up with the government and they no more want criminal activities, corruption and poverty.
 arrow Defence agreement with Kuwait signed
A defence agreement was signed with Kuwait in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Indo-Bangla JRC team visits Teesta Barrage
A special team of the Bangla-deshIndia Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) on Friday afternoon visited the Teesta Barrage and its project area.

The JRC team comprised 10 members with five from each country.

 arrow Pledge to uphold rights of working people
The historic May Day was observed in all districts of the country with a pledge to uphold the rights of working people.
 arrow Traditional mats on the wane
Parshuram in Feni district was once famous for mats. At present the name and fame of the traditional mats have lost to a great extent.
 arrow A laudable initiative by Shishu Academy
Bangladesh Shishu Academy has undertaken a laudable initiative to project the life and work of celebrated personalities to the progeny here.
 arrow Snatched truck rescued, missing helper yet to be traced
A rod-laden truck which was snatched by unidentified miscreants on Tuesday was found empty and rescued from Narsingdi on Friday, three days after the incident.
 arrow Interest-free credit, grants for acid survivors
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury distributed interest-free credit and grants to acid survivors and physically handicapped people in Sadar upazila here.
 arrow Relief distributed among tornado victims
State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain visited tornado-hit Othura area in Bhaluka upazila on Friday.
 arrow Missing
A 13-year-old boy named Md Sharif alias Bhuiyan, son of late Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan of Kunja Sreepur village under Chouddagram police station was missing from Nankora Madrassah since April 11, 2004.
 arrow 40 killed in B'baria clash
At least 40 persons were injured in a clash over damage of paddy plants by a cow between two groups of villagers in Akhaura upazila on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The holy Prophet of Islam
The 12th of Rabiul Awal is a red letter day not only in the history of Islam but also in the annals of civilisation.
 arrow To know the Prophet of peace
PD Cummins writing a chapter on Mohammad (peace be upon him-Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam) comments "Of all great leaders, none has been so much maligned as Mohammed.
 arrow Message of Buddha Purnima
Once again the sacred Buddha-Purnima has come with the message of Lord Buddha.
 arrow Contain the threat to freedom of expression
Freedom of expression in every democratic country is taken for granted. Despite that in every democratic country journalists are assaulted or harassed for their writings.
Culturearrow Theatre
Tomrai by Adullah Al Mamun has been staged 107 times in Bangladesh. The play seeks to give the current generation an accurate understanding of the Liberation War.
 arrow Observing May Day
Aronyak, a theatrical group arranged a programme beside the Shahid Minar premises on May Day morning to observe the day. Mamunur Rashid presided over the programme.
 arrow Nrityadhara celebrates International Dance Day
Nrityadhara, a dance organisation, held a cultural programme at the Mahila Shamiti auditorium to celebrate the International Dance Day recently.
 arrow A true taste of Sylhet
'My only desire was to share my experiences as a little boy with the people of Dhaka, when back in the villages we would eat mouth-watering home made delicacies,' exclaimed Tommy Miah.
Generalarrow PM, finance minister responsible: B Chy
Former President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has said the prime minister and the finance minister will have to bear responsibility of the missing Tk 16,000 crore from four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs).
 arrow People voice no-confidence in coalition govt: AL
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the people voiced their no-confidence in the ruling coalition led by BNP-Jamaat by responding to his deadline to dislodge the government.
 arrow ADB signs accord with LGED
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the lead agency for implementing a US$ 1.
 arrow Involve adolescents in HIV prevention
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for involving the adolescents in the prevention of HIV virus in the country.

"Give them a sense of responsibility and pride.

 arrow Bangladeshi-born British HC arrives today
A Bangladeshi-born engineer will serve as Britain's new ambassador to Bangladesh, making him one of the highest-ranking Muslims in the British foreign service, officials said yesterday.
 arrow PM's gift for stipend-holders
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who announced 2004 as the `Child Literature Year', will send some 16,000 books to stipend-holders along with a letter advising them to develop a thirst for book reading.
 arrow Jahanara Imam's 76th anniversary of birth today
The 76th birth anniversary of Jahanara Imam, popularly known as Shaheed Janani (mother of martyr), will be observed today.
 arrow Book on private university launched
Muslehuddin Ahmad, the initiator of the first private university of the country North South University, yesterday launched his book that describes the genesis, establishment and rise of the university
 arrow Bidhan Krishna Sen passes away
Bidhan Krishna Sen, a freedom fighter and an accused in Agartala Conspiracy Case, died of cardiac arrest at the National Institute of Cardio-vascular Disease (NIVD) in the city yesterday at the age of
Internationalarrow Sharon determined on Gaza pull out plan
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is determined to withdraw Israeli troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip even if his Likud Party rejects the plan in Sunday's referendum as polls predict, his advisers said
 arrow Iraqi prisoners faced 'Sadistic' abuses: Report
Iraqi prisoners faced numerous "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses" by US soldiers, including sodomy and beatings, according to a US Army report quoted by the New Yorker magazine.
 arrow Doubts over torture by British troops
Sources close to the army have questioned the authenticity of photographs appearing to show British soldiers torturing an Iraqi prisoner.
 arrow EU gets down to business after biggest expansion
After toasting its expansion to 25 with the entry of 10 mainly ex-communist nations, the European Union faced Sunday an array of stiff challenges, not least closing the wealth gap between old and new.
 arrow Saudi authority vows to crush terror
The body of one of five Westerners killed in a shooting rampage in the Saudi port of Yanbu was stripped naked and dragged behind the gunmen's getaway car, witnesses and press reports said yesterday.
 arrow Germany to shorten missions abroad
Germany will shorten the length of its troop missions abroad and stop guarding US bases on its soil by the end of the year, Defence Minister Peter Struck said in an interview published yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: An occasion of joy and inspiration
Eid-e-Miladunnabi is an occasion to rejoice in, remember and share the rich legacy that Prophet Hazrat Muhammad ( Peace Be Upon Him) left to the followers of Islam and, by a natural extension, to the
 arrow Editorial: Press Freedom Day
On a great day like World Press Freedom Day, it's only appropriate to take stock of the performance of the press in Bangladesh, especially since 1991, which marked the restoration of democracy in thecountry.
 arrow While Nero fiddles ...
During the twilight years of united Pakistan Bengalis in the then Eastern part refused allegiance to then Pakistani military junta heeding the call of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
 arrow The constitution should guarantee right to information
I have a copy of the Constitution of Bangladesh. A pocketsize one. I treasure it for it proves very useful and handy when I write some thing for my newspaper.
 arrow Politics of April 30th and beyond
Abdul Jalil's 30th April is gone and has proved to be a political bluff. Even in his own words, or implication, we will have to wait for another April or who knows, many more Aprils.
Letters to Editorarrow Mr. Jalil's 'trump card'
It was pathetic to look at a tired opposition MP when he was speaking to different media during the hartal hours on April 28.
 arrow An expatriate's views
I am a chartered accountant and have been resident in the UK for almost 40 years. My family and I instinctively visited Bangladesh every two years on an average.
 arrow Our man , our pride
Words fail to express how proud I am to learn that a team of researchers led by a Bangladeshi scientist (Maqsudul Alam, professor of microbiology) has made a discovery that could lead to the creationof
 arrow Isolated children
Day by day society is changing. Now everywhere, in each family, we find individual life-styles. People are being separated from joint families and becoming alienated.
 arrow Where is the martyr of 1757?
I am writing in response to the letters of Mr. Mehbub (April 23) and Mr. Jishan (April 30) on the absence of Sirajuddowla and other martyrs of 1757 in the BBC listeners' list of the greatest Bengalees.
 arrow ''NU education falls apart''
A report under the above title published in The Daily Star in its April 10, 2004, issue drew my attention.
 arrow Brazen politics
Recently, a report was published in an issue of 'TIME' magazine where the reporter earmarked our country as a "State of disgrace".
 arrow April 30 deadline
The BNP-led four-party alliance has failed to arrest the price spiral, check the law and order downslide, respond to the allegations of corruption levelled against the Hawa Bhaban and some ministers....
 arrow Dhaka siege
My brother was supposed to visit me on April 23, the day before the opposition's 'Dhaka siege' programme started.
 arrow Why can't we reject bad politics?
I didn't see the war of 1971. But I am watching the pathetic war in my country which is going on right now. We are embroiled in bad politics.
 arrow Two sides of the same coin
Our beloved country is spiralling towards utter disaster because of our brainless political parties and the "selfish" politicians who would rather enrich their pockets then do something for the country.
 arrow Attention: National University authorities
The results of Honours part two examinations 2003 (held in May/ June 2003) Under the four-year Honours system were published a few days ago.
 arrow RU student
My attention was drawn to the report "HC fines Tk 5,000 for harming student" (DS: April 27, page 12).
 arrow Thoughts on hospital administration
Quality of medical care is directly related to quality of the providers (doctor) and ancillary support structures (nurses, pharmacists, laboratory, radiology and even the 4th class employees).
 arrow "Cyprus referendum and clash of civilisations"
Ref: Mr.
Star Cityarrow Shilpakala makes drama manuscripts mandatory
The Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation protested the mandatory rule of submitting manuscripts to book the new experimental hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Chhayanaut Bhaban awaits fresh plan
The construction of Chhayanaut Sangskritik Bhaban, which stopped following a Rajuk notice in September 2002 after a deviation in the original design was detected, may restart in the “foreseeable future”.
 arrow Fax-Phone Shops yet to Change Rates

 arrow A different full moon day tomorrow
Budhang Saranang Gatchchaami
Dhammang Saranang
Sangang Saranang Gatchchaami

You could hear the chimes of temple bells all day, especially at dawn of the full moon day, transporting

 arrow Lalbagh residents face severe water crisis
About six lakh residents of Lalbagh in Old Dhaka have long been facing a severe water crisis, but the Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has shut its ears to the problem despite several complaints from
 arrow New private operator for two bus terminals soon
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) plans to hand over the responsibility of two of its inter-district bus terminals -- Sayedabad and Mohakhali -- to a new private operator soon.