Vol. 4 Num 331 Wed. May 05, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Tobacco ban law goes to next cabinet meet
A proposed law banning smoking in open places and public transports is likely to be placed before the cabinet for its approval on May 10, health ministry sources said.
 arrow Garment factory stampede kills 7 workers, hurts 50
Seven female garment workers were killed and 50 others injured in a stampede as hundreds of workers panicked over a fire nearby tried to rush out of the building housing six garment factories at Mirpur
 arrow AL to join JS next month to save membership
Main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers will join the budget session of parliament next month to save their membership, as they are moving closer to their 90-day absence from the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow BNP mulls closing down Hawa Bhaban
Ruling BNP policymakers are thinking of closing down 'Hawa Bhaban' and axing some ministers among a series of steps to boost its image and avert political crisis like the one over opposition Awami League's
 arrow Anti-graft body, crime situation to top agenda
The upcoming Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meeting will be dominated by discussion on non-economic issues like formation of the much-talked-about anti-corruption commission, government-NGO relationship,
 arrow Bangladesh 5th on CPJ list of worst places for journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has tagged Bangladesh as the world's fifth worst place to be a journalist in.
 arrow ADB plans S Asian transport network
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning a project to help strengthen the regional network of roads connecting Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, and Nepal, through a technical assistance (TA) grant
 arrow More Iraqis allege abuse by US military
With six U.S. soldiers reprimanded and six others facing criminal charges, Iraq's prisoner-abuse scandal looked far from over as more Iraqis came forward yesterday to allege maltreatment by U.S. troops.
 arrow BNP leader, another die in bomb attacks
A thana unit president of the ruling BNP and a carpenter died in a bomb attack by unknown assailants in front of the local BNP office at Patkelghata Bazar last night.
 arrow Indian election moves into 4th lap today
India's gigantic election campaign enters the home stretch today covering 83 parliamentary constituencies, with opinion polls giving ruling BJP-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) a slight edge over Congress-led
 arrow Sasser net worm hits millions
The Sasser worm is continuing to cause disruption for large numbers of Windows PC users.
 arrow Heritage lost

 arrow Blistering heat to continue a few more days
An intense heat wave is currently sweeping the country with temperatures hovering around the scorching 40 degrees Celsius mark, making it difficult to carry out normal activities in the intolerably hot
 arrow Nipah virus no threat to visitors
A US physician, now in the capital with a team of experts working to combat possible threat of viral disease Nipah, said the virus does not pose threat to any visitor.
 arrow Proshika chief asks BNP secy gen to show evidence
The Proshika president has asked the ruling BNP secretary general to produce acceptable evidences in a week in support of the allegations that his NGO was aiding main opposition Awami League (AL) to unseat
 arrow Dhaka condemns torture on Iraqi prisoners
Bangladesh yesterday condemned the reported torture on Iraqis in prison by American and British soldiers.
 arrow Abducted policeman released in Demra
Unknown criminals released an abducted police constable of Narayanganj at Demra in the capital only after keeping his shotgun and 20 bullets.
 arrow Miladunnabi observed
Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), was observed on Monday across the country as elsewhere in the Muslim world.
 arrow Doctor couple sent to jail
The physician couple, arrested on Sunday on charge of torturing their 10-year-old domestic help, was sent to Dhaka Central Jail on Monday.
 arrow Four GIs, 20 civilians die in restive Iraq
Shia militiamen fired several mortar shells at a US base in Najaf early yesterday and at a city hall guarded by Bulgarian troops in another Shia city.
 arrow Back from tiger's jaw
He fought incredibly against mighty Royal Bengal Tiger for half an hour and survived as his fellows joined him to force the man-eater to retreat.
 arrow Ershad Shikder threatens to stop taking food
Notorious criminal Ershad Shikder, who will be hanged on May 10, yesterday threatened to stop eating from this evening if the jail authorities did not let him know the outcome of his mercy petition.
 arrow Municipal polls to be an issue of movement now, says Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she would not allow creation of any vacuum in parliament, nor allow any vested group to derive benefit from any vacation of her party's parliamentary seats.
 arrow Ginger beyond easy reach
The price of ginger that recently shot up to the highest level ever was still selling up to Tk 95 a kg in Dhaka markets yesterday.
 arrow Goods train derails in Tejgaon
A goods train derailed near Dakkhin Begun Bari in Tejgaon last night, stopping traffic on its tracks on both sides of the crossing near the Film Development Corporation in Tejgaon for around two and half
 arrow Ershad holds talks for JP unity today
The Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) holds a 'unity conference' at Mahanagar Natyamancha in Dhaka today.
 arrow BDR nabs 9 while being trafficked
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested nine people including three women and four children while they were being trafficked to India through Haroddah, a bordering village in Sadar upazila on Monday night.
 arrow Tullow yet to strike gas at Lalmai-3 well
Natural gas, in commercial volume, is yet to be found at Lalmai-3 exploration well in block-9 despite some encouraging results in the area earlier.
Businessarrow DCCI seeks ombudsman to settle trade disputes
The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has come up with a suggestion to appoint an ombudsman for settling trade and tax related disputes and ensuring good governance in the country's business
 arrow Bangladesh needs sound competition policy: ADB
Bangladesh should have a sound competition policy to regulate monopoly of firms, ensure efficient use of resources and enhance consumer welfare, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) suggested in its latest
 arrow Withdraw import duty on footwear machinery, cut on components
Leather and footwear exporters have urged the government to withdraw duties on footwear machinery import and reduce import duty on footwear components.
 arrow WB chief blasts rich world for aid spending
World Bank President James Wolfensohn blasted rich nations Monday for making statements about poverty, aid or trade to score headlines but failing to deliver on their promises.
 arrow Asia jet-kerosene fuel prices near 4-yr peaks
Sharply lower exports from South Korea due to refinery maintenance, coupled with firm demand from China and Indonesia are set to keep Asian jet fuel prices near four-year highs as global supplies remain
 arrow EU to avoid controversial China trade challenge
The European Union has decided to steer clear of a politically-sensitive trade challenge against China over surging textiles imports, an industry group said on Monday as Prime Minister Wen Jiabao visited
 arrow HSBC to collect BTTB bills thru' easy pay machines
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) will collect telephone bills from BTTB subscribers through its easy pay machines in Dhaka.
 arrow BOC opens corporate office at Tejgaon
The corporate office of BOC Bangladesh Limited was formally inaugurated in Tejgaon Commercial Area in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow New MD of APL, Bangladesh
Waldo Basilla has been appointed managing director of Bangladesh operations of APL, a leading global container transportation company.
 arrow Contents of WTO trade deal taking shape
The substance of an agreement between WTO members that would relaunch the so-called Doha round of trade talks is taking shape after discussions in London, an EU source said Sunday.
 arrow US, Australia to sign free trade deal May 18
A US-Australia free trade deal, criticized by some Australians who say it favors US exporters, will be signed here May 18, officials said Monday.
 arrow Developing country ministers meet for trade talks in Dakar
Ministers from developing countries are to meet here on Tuesday and Wednesday for talks aimed at restarting trade liberalisation negotiations, an official statement said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar unabashed
The larger than life reputation of Brian Lara or the unrelenting hostility of young tearaways Tino Best and Fidel Edwards holds no fear in the mind of Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar.
 arrow Football: Nisa play Mukti today
Nisa FC of Turkmenistan have more than one problem when they line up for their crucial AFC Cup match against Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra today.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket can't leave in Jan
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday refuted claims made by Bangladesh Athletics Federation president Abdus Salam that the all-purpose Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) would no longer belong
 arrow Cricket: Biman placed in easier group
Bangladesh Bi-man, the only unbeaten team in the Grameen-Phone Corpo-rate Cricket Lea-gue (CCL), were drawn in a relatively easy group with ARAF Apparels and BEXIMCO in the second phase Cup competition.
 arrow Cricket: Windies' gift for Lara
To a cacophony of noise, West Indies completed a four-wicket victory in the sixth and penultimate one-day international over England on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the rain-marred seven-match series.
 arrow Cricket: 'Rebel' Streak named
Ousted captain Heath Streak and three other rebel cricketers figure in Zimbabwe's squad for the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka starting Thursday -- but whether they actually end up playing is uncertain.
 arrow Football: A Milanese week
AC Milan won the Italian league title for the 17th time on Sunday after beating Roma 1-0 in a violence-marred contest at the San Siro as reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid's grip on their crown loosened
 arrow Football: Ranieri's last hurrah
Claudio Ranieri's English may still be a work in progress but he didn't have any difficulty understanding why the English newspapers recently took to calling him a dead man walking.
 arrow Football: Once upon a time Leeds
Leeds United's spectacular collapse from the brink of the Champions League final to virtually bankrupt also-rans has reached its inevitable conclusion -- relegation from the English Premiership.
 arrow Cricket: U-17 cricket
Rajshahi Division scored a mammoth 369 in their first innings against Dhaka Division on the first day of the two-day semifinal of the under-17 development cricket tournament at the Jahangirnagar University
 arrow Cricket: Pakistanis provide fireworks
Title aspirants Brothers Union won a one-wicket thriller against Mohammedan Sporting Club while Abahani beat Shatadal Junior comfortably in their respective Super Six matches in the CJKS-Ispahani Premier
 arrow Football: Hattricks on opening day
Lebu Khan and Hafizul Islam slotted hattricks on the opening day of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship to give Nilphamari District Sports Association (DSA) a flying start with a
 arrow Volleyball: NBL v'ball
Brothers Union defeated Nabajagarani Sangha 3-0 in the National Bank First Division Volleyball League at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Beckham's pocket fattest
England captain David Beckham has become the top paid footballer in the world earning 22.4 million euros (26.7m dollars) last year, bi-weekly soccer magazine France Football report in their Tuesday edition.
 arrow Cricket: SL draw tour match
A three-day match between a Zimbabwe A side and Sri Lanka ended in a high-scoring draw here at the Takashinga Cricket Club on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: US wants piece of 2007 CWC
A delegation from this South Florida city will deliver a bid proposal to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) this week in hopes of making the United States a host nation for the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Lee's mind games
Top Australian fast bowler Brett Lee said Monday he was looking forward to giving an impressive performance in the upcoming Test series in India, which he said would be bigger than the Ashes.
Metropolitanarrow Accused sent to jail after remand
An accused in Chittagong arms haul on April 2 was sent to jail custody on completion of a two-day remand here yesterday.
 arrow Remove fundamentalism from Bangladesh
The 76th birth anniversary of Shahid Janani Jahanara Imam was observed here on Monday.
 arrow Varsity student stabbed
A university student was stabbed critically at Mirpur Botanical Garden in the city yesterday.
 arrow Minor girl burnt alive in Ctg
A minor girl was burnt alive in a fire at Shaheed Lane Slum in Pahartali under Khulshi Police Station yesterday.

The victim was identified as Monwara Aktar, 8, daughter of Mohammad Harun, a day labourer.

 arrow 45 women, children fall victim to violence in Rajshahi
About 45 incidents of violence against women and children took place in the district last month.
 arrow President hosts reception for Buddhists
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Dr. Anwara Begum hosted a reception for the members of the Buddhist community at Bangabhaban yesterday on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.
 arrow Over 1100 held, 5 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,158 people, including three listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Call for unity of journalists
Professor Sirajul Islam Chowdhury has called for unity of the journalist community for establishment of their rights and professional dignity.
 arrow Appeal for help
Father of a six-year-old girl seeks financial assistance for the treatment of his daughter who has long been suffering from heart ailments.
Nationalarrow BNP-Jamaat clash in Nilphamari
Riot police was kept deployed at Jaldhaka upazila headquarter yesterday as tension prevailed following a series of clashes between BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami on May Day that left at least 30 people injured.
 arrow Most polling centres in Barisal "vulnerable"
Staggered polls begin today in nine municipalities in Barisal division amid reports of sporadic violence and allegations of violation of code of conduct by candidates.
 arrow Stopping cheating in exam is a challenge to govt
State Minister of Education ANM Ehsanul Haq Milon yesterday said the government has taken up the issue of stopping cheating in public examinations as a challenge.
 arrow Polls in Jamalpur, Netrakona, Kishoreganj today
Election to Jamalpur, Netrakona and Kishoreganj municipalities will be held today.

The Election Commission (EC) has earmarked 50 polling centres in the three districts as vulnerable.

 arrow 20 hurt in AL- BNP clash in Patuakhali
Both the ruling BNP and the opposition Awami League (AL) attacked and ransacked each other's office at Baufal upazila in Patuakhali district on Saturday.

Twenty persons were injured in the incident.

 arrow Illegal plying of vessels stops in Meghna estuary
Illegal plying of small and old launches in risky routes in the Meghna estuary has been stopped.
 arrow 7 killed in Tangail road accidents
Netrakona: Seven persons were killed and 45 others injured in two separate road accidents at Kalihati and Sadar upazilas in Tangail district on Saturday and Sunday.
 arrow Landless submit memo to Shyamnagar UNO
Hundreds of landless people who were evicted from government 'khas' shoal lands of the silted Jamuna on April 11 laid a seize to Shyamnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer's (UNO) office on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Former British ambassadors censure Tony Blair
Never before have so many former British Amba-ssadors openly criticised Britain's foreign policy as they did recently against Prime Minister Tony Blair's handling of foreign policy in the Middle East.
 arrow West Bengal still CPIM forte
The people of West Bengal have always been very politically conscious. That is what indeed the leaders of the political parties in this part of the country say.
Culturearrow Commemorative music
There is a close kinship between festivals and music in Bangladesh. Witness the celebrations that are held to mark birth and death anniversaries of poets, musicians and saints.
 arrow Accepting change
This country is a country of ethnicity, dating back to over hundreds of years.
 arrow Little magazine 'Daanrkaak' turns two
An imaginary red raven (daanrkaak) is flying, bearing seeds of the Peepul tree to germinate greenery all over the world', with this slogan a number of young poetry lovers have been publishing a little
Generalarrow Oust-govt agitation to continue: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the agitation against the alliance government would continue until the ouster of this 'oppressive regime'.
 arrow 3 DU students held for teasing female student
Ramna police arrested three students for allegedly teasing a female student on the Dhaka University campus on Monday afternoon.
 arrow Trader chopped to death at Baufal
A businessman of Baufal under Patuakhali district was chopped to death by a group of miscreants on the night of May 3.

The victim was identified as Govinda Chandra Saha, 38.

 arrow One killed in Ctg blast
A youth was killed and another received grievous injuries when a bomb they were making exploded in the early hours on Monday in Char Chaktai area in the city.
 arrow Madrassah student found dead
The body of a madrassah student was recovered on the river Buriganga near Gopalnagar in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow 'Launch drive to recover arms from indigenous youths in CHT'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for a special drive by joint forces to recover arms from the indigenous youths in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow Congratulations
Dr S M Asib Nasim, a career health professional of Bangladesh, has been elected president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).
 arrow Mymensingh Jubo Samity executives
The 111- member executive committee of Greater Mymensingh Jubo Samity, Dhaka was formed with Alhaj Shah Nurul Kabir Shahin MP and Md Saifuddin Khan Khokan as president and general secretary, says a press
Internationalarrow KSA vows to protect foreigners
Saudi Arabia vowed yesterday to strike with an iron fist against militants who staged an unprecedented attack on a Saudi energy site this week and said it was making every effort to protect foreigners.
 arrow Arunachal set for polls amid boycott call
Polling in two parliamentary constituencies in India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh takes place today under the shadow of a boycott and general strike called by powerful All Arunachal Pradesh
 arrow Shoot-at-sight orders issued for Bihar polls
Amid shoot orders against booth grabbers and sealing of Indo-Nepal borders, stage is set for polling in 12 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar in the fourth phase today.
 arrow ME quartet tries to revive tattered roadmap
The quartet of Middle East mediators struggles to patch up its road map to peace on Tuesday after a US policy shift and a setback for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to pull out of Gaza.
 arrow US image in tatters over abuse of Iraqi prisoners
Shocking photographs of Iraqi prisoners naked, hooded and humiliated, taken as trophies by US forces holding them and shown via news outlets around the world, have damaged US credibility and may posepolitical
 arrow China to build second N-plant for Pakistan
Pakistan and China was to sign an agreement yesterday to build a second nuclear power plant in Pakistan for civilian use, officials said.
 arrow Tigers agree to resume peace talks
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers told Norwegian peace brokers Monday they were willing to resume talks based on their plan for self-rule, but warned the new government here not to support renegade rebels.
 arrow Discrimination against Muslims soars in US
Discrimination against Muslims in the United States soared in 2003, increasing by 69 percent over the previous year, a US Muslim organisation reported Monday.
 arrow Troops gun down 7 tribal rebels in Manipur
Indian troops shot dead seven tribal rebels in a night raid on a suspected separatist hideout in the hills near Myanmar, police said yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi jail abuse should lead to court action
Any proven abuse of Iraqi prisoners held by the occupation forces in Iraq should lead to court action against those responsible, the International Committee of the Red Cross said yesterday.
 arrow 67 killed as Christians attack Muslims in Nigeria
Heavily armed Christian militants attacked a Muslim village in Nigeria's central highlands and triggered a clash that left at least 67 people dead, a police commander said on Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Municipality polls
The elections to 117 municipalities in 50 districts get underway today amidst great enthusiasm and high expectation among the electorate.
 arrow Editorial: Torture of Iraqi prisoners
Recently the world was treated to a most despicable spectacle of human degradation and moral depravity through the pictures depicting the brutalisation of Iraqi prisoners held at the notorious Abu Gharib
 arrow The global war on terror: Who's winning?
Over last several weeks there have been enough developments for both sides in the war to think that al-Qaeda might be winning it, after all.
 arrow Still polls apart
PRIME Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee underlines the obvious when he says that new political alignments cannot be ruled out.
 arrow The govt must change its attitude
I am closely following the opinions being expressed in the letter columns of the DS where some regular contributors have flayed Awami League for its movement to unseat the Coalition government headedby
Letters to Editorarrow Tips for leaders
Here are some tips from a veteran voter (in three countries-remember the name of my country changed several times!) for our estimated (to become esteemed) political leaders.
 arrow Tagore and Patisar
Patisar is the name of a small village under Atrai upazila in Naogaon district, which should have received wide publicity like Shelaidah and Shajadpur, because of its long association with the world famous
 arrow Americans show their face
I am neither 'appalled' (like Blair) nor 'deeply disgusted' (like Bush) to know the way the Iraqi detainees are treated by the great civilised Americans. Let's see what the CBS News revealed.
 arrow Statue of Buddha
There are small museums established in the cantonments. One such museum is the Rifles Museum at Pilkhana.
 arrow "Acid terrorism"
If you throw acid on someone, you will be punished with a life sentence or could even be sentenced to death. But laws are not enough. We need public awareness to stop this barbaric practice.
 arrow Child education
Now-a-days there are lots of English medium schools in Dhaka city. In each school there are lots of difficult textbooks. Sometimes it becomes impossible for a child to cope with his/her study .
 arrow BTV's neutrality
As a lifetime viewer, I'd take BTV's neutral presentation of news with a grain of salt.
 arrow A private university
I read in a private university, but in our country we think that the system of a private university is not developed enough. But the standard of our university is good .
 arrow The Greatest Bengalee
After thirty-three years of our independence, while any Bangladeshi media or organisation has failed to conduct anything to select the greatest Bengalee of all time, it was a laudable initiative by BBC
 arrow Huge trade deficit
Fact is stronger than pious proposals through the diplomatic channel.
 arrow Humility in politics
Our politicians do not wash their own linen in public, but do not mind carrying out this laundry service for their opponents. The environment pollution is very high in Dhaka according to official monitoring.
 arrow Breakdown of institutions
Officially it cannot be denied that the established institutions providing various public services have broken down, due to nepotism and corrupt practices.
 arrow Primary education
We all know that primary education is very crucial for all, because it builds a strong foundation and leads a child forward.
 arrow Mr. Jalil's trump card
Mr. Abdul Jalil, the general secretary of the Awami League, is now blaming the journalists for the deadline that he had set! We all know this is not true. But very surprisingly....
 arrow A drama on liberation war
'E Kaler Galpo' , a street drama on the liberation war, was performed on the street side of Nageswari thana sadar of Kurigram district, a northern district on 26 March. It was a Patho Natok.
StarTecharrow Sylhet enjoys the first BCS computer fair
Seven year-old Sadman Sakib forgot everything around him. His eyes were glued to the screen playing a computer game. So was six year-old Abrar Siddik Arnab.
 arrow Sasser Worm strikes PCs, spurs hoax 'Fix'
A fast-spreading computer worm called "Sasser" hit personal computers around the world on Monday, causing infected systems to reboot without warning and disrupting banking and other business in one of
 arrow Nasa releases new view of Mars Crater
NASA released Monday a sweeping 180-degree view of a broad crater punched in the surface of Mars that was photographed by the space agency's Opportunity rover as it perched on the rim of the 430-foot-wide
Star Chittagongarrow Politics, relation main criteria
Chittagong University authorities have so far appointed 90 employees on political consideration or their relatives during the last two and half years, sources said.
 arrow Govt may seek help of Interpol
The government is likely to seek help of Interpol to probe the country's biggest ever arms haul in Chittagong on April 2 as the local police could not yet make any headway in this regard, intelligence
Star Cityarrow Postal services fall into disarray
Postal services have become frustrating over the years, as post offices run short of forms and applications.

"We are disappointed by the services of the post offices.

 arrow Electronic signals not before year-end
Installation of modern traffic signal system in the capital may be delayed once again apparently due to the incompetence of the officials concerned.
 arrow Footbridges for Whom?

 arrow Khilgaon flyover may not be complete even in a year
The construction of Khilgaon flyover has the least possibility for completion in a year because of 'slow land acquisition and mismanagement.
 arrow No funds yet for Wasa project on toxic waste
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is in desperate need of funds to implement its sewerage network project to divert solid industrial waste from Tejgaon to the Pagla Sewerage Treatment Plant (PSTP).
 arrow Attention, City Fathers