Volume 4 Number 339 Thu. May 13, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow AL joins JS for one day after 11 months
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday adopted an obituary reference mourning the assassination of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master with the participation of all parliamentary groups including the main
 arrow Bangla Bhai active for 6 yrs
Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) of so-called Bangla Bhai has been active underground for the last six years to establish a Taliban-like rule, although the Islamic militant outfit has grabbed the
 arrow It's a foreign policy challenge for US
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas observes that the recent prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq will pose a foreign policy challenges for the US and it is "going to take time" to solve the problem.
 arrow Now shrine turtles poisoned
At least 400 turtles at Hazrat Bayezeed Bostami shrine fell sick as unidentified brutes on Tuesday night poisoned the pond hosting the rare species.
 arrow Planners want ADP free of MPs' silly demands
Shaking off the practice of humouring lawmakers' goofy development commitments, the country's Annual Development Programme (ADP) from now on should be designed on the basis of national priorities, with
 arrow Tigers on top
After relaxing under the St Vincent sun for three days, Bangladesh started off their Caribbean tour in grand fashion when they took eight wickets in quick time to send a strong West Indies Board XI reeling
 arrow 29 submit papers for JS by-polls
A total of 29 people have submitted nomination papers for running the June 6 parliamentary by-polls in Dhaka-10 and Munshiganj-1 constituencies.
 arrow American beheaded
A video showing the beheading of an American in Iraq was posted on an Al-Qaeda-linked web site, a gruesome killing which Islamic militants claimed was carried out to avenge the abuse of Iraqi detainees
 arrow BJP walks on nerves
Just a day ahead of the counting of votes in parliamentary elections, India's ruling Hindu nationalists were in palpable anxiety yesterday following huge defeat in the state assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh.
 arrow Property of five suspects attached
Police yesterday attached the property of five a day after the arrests of four suspects of the May 7 Tongi mayhem that killed opposition lawmaker Ahsanullah Master in a rally amid allegations of misplaced
 arrow Pot extrava-ganza
It doesn't get any better for the marijuana lovers! Thousands of marijuana or ganja lovers seeking spiritual ecstasy from across the country as well as from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Pakistanhave
 arrow ASF celebrates 5yrs of aiding acid victims
The Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) yesterday celebrated its five years of providing support and service to 1,400 acid victims of the country since 1999.
 arrow Abuse row woman 'ordered to pose'
Army Pfc. Lynndie England, seen worldwide in photographs that show her smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners, said she was ordered to pose for the photos, and felt "kind of weird" in doing so.
 arrow PM assures neutral inquiry
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday made a categorical assurance that a neutral inquiry must be made to track down the killers of Ahsanullah Master MP.
 arrow Biman grounded as pilots go on wildcat strike
Pilots of Biman Bangladesh Airlines stayed off work yesterday to press their three-point demand, including removal of a deputy director, in a wildcat strike that prompted cancellation of the nationalflag
 arrow Army arrests top criminal, seizes AK-47
Army men in a predawn raid yesterday arrested the boss of infamous Aziz gang of Raozan along with two of his bodyguards at rubber plantation hideout near Kaokali in Rangamati hill district and seizedmodern
 arrow Blast kills six Israeli troops
An explosion ripped apart an Israeli armored personnel carrier yesterday on the Gaza-Egypt border, and Arabic-language TV stations broadcasting in Beirut said six soldiers were killed.
 arrow Cops mount watch on Proshika, frisk staff
Police yesterday kept a watchful eye on the Proshika headquarters in Mirpur and frisked the non-governmental organisation's staff and visitors before letting them in following Tuesday's incident which
 arrow Reinvestigation ordered into attempted rape case against DGFI official
A Dhaka tribunal yesterday instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to reinvestigate an attempted rape case against a deputy director (DD) in-charge of the Directorate General of ForcesIntelligence
 arrow Paper mill owner, 4 others die in road crash
Five people, including an industrialist of Chittagong, were killed and another was injured in a road accident at Anarpul in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj district yesterday.
 arrow Woman UP member remanded
A Chittagong court yesterday placed the female union parishad (UP) member, arrested on charge of having a hand in the April 2 arms cache, on a three-day remand.
 arrow 25 criminals kill baby boy
Miscreants killed a six-month-old boy and injured two others at a village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Cousin rapes 10-year-old girl in city
An youth allegedly raped his 10-year-old cousin sister at Pirerbagh in Mirpur on Tuesday.

Samirul, a rickshaw-puller, went to the girl's house in a shanty in the night when she was asleep.

 arrow BSF guns down two Bangladeshis
Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday gunned down two Bangladeshi nationals, who mistakenly crossed the frontier and entered Indian region.
Businessarrow Export registers 14.8pc three-quarterly growth
Export earnings recorded a 14.8 percent growth in the first three quarters of the current financial year over the same period of last fiscal.

According to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), $5,420.

 arrow Leasing firms want fair corporate tax structure
Leasing companies have urged the government to reduce corporate tax, saying the present tax structure is discriminatory for them.
 arrow Hung parliament spectre clouds future of Indian economic reforms
With exit polls predicting a hung Indian parliament, an air of uncertainty has enveloped the future of economic reforms.
 arrow Machinery, fuel import on rise
Import of capital machinery, industrial raw materials, petroleum and petroleum products increased substantially during July-March period of the current fiscal year.
 arrow Marketers need to follow consumer trends to increase sales
Speakers at a consumer and client conference in Dhaka yesterday called for doing research on consumer trends to increase the manufacturers' market penetration.
 arrow Samsonite outlet opens at Gulshan
Mun Muns Leather Pvt Ltd, business associate and country distributor of Samsonite products in Bangladesh, opened an outlet "Travel Worlds" at Gulshan in Dhaka yesterday to sell Samsonite brand travel
 arrow Vantage technology to up capacity of old machinery
Local company Vantage Techno-logies Limited in cooperation with India's Larsen & Troubo Limited has introduced eutectic products and services which will increase life expectancy of machinery.
 arrow Cems mega expo in Ctg from Saturday
Conference and Exhibition Management Services Ltd (Cems), an event management company, will organise a three-day exhibition in Chittagong from Saturday.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank, CDBL sign deals
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) has signed two deals with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), the provider of central depository system (CDS), to convert its paper shares into electronic ones
 arrow Siemens to supply equipment to Norwegian cellphone co
Siemens is to supply mobile phone network equipment to Norwegian cellphone company NetCom.
 arrow EU to lift US sanctions once tax law repealed
The EU will lift sanctions against the United States once a contentious US tax law is fully repealed, Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said Wednesday after the US Senate approved a tax reform scheme.
 arrow Oil prices roar past $40
Crude oil roared past 40 dollars a barrel in New York to the highest finish since October 1990 as supply fears returned, stirred by hot demand and high Middle East tension.
 arrow DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai break up partnership
DaimlerChrysler and its South Korean partner Hyundai Motor terminated their troubled partnership Wednesday amid differences over strategic objectives, especially in the emerging Chinese market.
Sportsarrow Cricket: U-turn for GP
In a stunning reversal of fortune, Grameen-Phone faced the prospect of missing a semifinal berth from what promised to be the group of death when they suffered a 60-run defeat against Bashundhara Group
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
Dublin works at a local department store but his heart is in cricket. And the 50-plus robust man claimed he knew something that could work wonders for Bangladesh if they only listened to him.
 arrow Cricket: Back to terrify again?
It's been a year and a half since the name Jermaine Lawson found its way into Bangladesh cricket's folklore as a nightmare.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh sees Ashes threat
England's improvement under captain Michael Vaughan is such that they could at last give Australia a real run for their money in the Ashes series in England next year claimed Australia cricket legendSteve
 arrow Cricket: No Lara in St Vincent
West Indies captain Brian Lara will miss the first two one-dayers against Bangladesh in St. Vincent.
 arrow Cricket: Murtali may dump doosra
Test cricket's bowling record-holder Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka on Wednesday hinted he will drop the controversial 'doosra' delivery from his armoury after it was deemed illegal by the sport'sworld
 arrow Cricket: 'No mercy for weak Zimí
Australia leave for Zimbabwe Thursday trying to blot out the probable futility of the Test series that stretches before them.
 arrow Cricket: Bowling actions top ICC agenda
Illegal bowling actions will be at the forefront of discussions at a two-day meeting of the cricket committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) starting in Dubai on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Youhana coming here tonight?
Master Pakistani batsman Yousuf Youhana is expected to arrive here tonight to play for Partex Group in the Corporate Cricket League.
 arrow Football: Chuadanga thru' too
Chuadanga became the penultimate qualifiers for the final round of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship with a 2-1 win over Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Another win for Brothers
Title aspirant Brothers Union clinched their fourth successive victory in the super six round of CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League beating Abahani by six wickets at Chittagong Divisional Stadium
 arrow Football: BFF to decide Abahani and Russell's fate
The organisers of the National Football League yesterday sought a ruling from the Bangladesh Football Federation over the participation of Abahani and Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra in the tournament.
 arrow Handball: Schools h'ball
Bandura Holly Cross High School registered an emphatic 24-11 victory over Baruakhali High School in the 14th Bata Schools Handball tournament for boys and girls at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex
 arrow Tennis: Serena sails into last 16
Top seed Serena Williams performed way below her best but still had too much quality for unseeded Spaniard Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo in their second round match at the clay court Rome Masters on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer survives early exit
World number one Roger Federer overcame a scare to survive a formidable first hurdle in the fifth Tennis Masters Series tournament of the year here on Tuesday.
 arrow Farooque & Wahid Picwic Bridge Club champs
Farooque Hussain Khan and MA Wahid of Picwic Bridge Club clinched the Picnic Bridge Club title at the Bangladesh Bank Club premises in Motijheel recently.

A total of 24 pairs took part in the competition.

 arrow Anwar, Prithul in singles final
Anwar Hossain and Prithul Mandal moved into the boys' singles (Under-17) final of the National junior tennis championship winning their respective semifinals at the Ramna Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: India-Pakistan hockey series later this year
India will host a four-match field hockey series with Pakistan later this year, an official announced here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: SA, Morocco lead African race
South Africa and Morocco are lobbying hard this week in the corridors of governments and sports federations worldwide looking for the support to become the first African country to host a World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Battle for Liverpool intense
Steve Morgan, the millionaire builder fighting Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra for a major stake in Liverpool, took a swipe at his rival on Wednesday as the power struggle over the club's future intensified.
 arrow Football: PSG's hopes dashed
Revived French giants Paris St Germain's hopes of clinching their third league title and first since 1994 all but died on Tuesday as a Pascal Feindouno double inspired Bordeaux to a 3-0 victory.
 arrow Football: Farina to miss stars
Socceroo Harry Kewell has a legitimate injury and remains committed to the national cause despite missing the team's first home matches in two and a half years, coach Frank Farina said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: United's new plan
English football giants Manchester United unveiled details Tuesday of a new pre-season tournament which manager Sir Alex Ferguson hopes will help the club's preparations for their Champions League qualifying
 arrow Football: Maradona sedated
Diego Maradona has been put under sedation by doctors in a private drug rehabilitation clinic here on Tuesday after the Argentine football legend raged that he wanted to return to Cuba where he has lived
 arrow Chess: Zia's lead on
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman kept his top slot intact with 7.
Metropolitanarrow Anti-Ahmadiyya plan foiled
Police yesterday foiled a scheduled programme of the International Khatme Nabuyat Movement (IKNM) to evict members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community from Patuakhali district town.
 arrow Police to guard Ershad Shikder's grave till May 31
Police will be guarding the grave of dreaded homicidal killer Ershad Shikder at Tootpara graveyard in Khulna until May 31 amid fears that those who opposed his burial there may take away his body.
 arrow New principal prevented from joining Eden College
Newly appointed principal of Eden College could not join her new office yesterday.


 arrow Robbery attempt foiled: One shot
A cashier of a motor parts shop was shot when police fired gunshots at robbers at Abdullahpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow 1297 more held, arms recovered
Police arrested 1,297 people during their countrywide drive on various charges in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow CityCell Customer Care Department now open 7 days a week
CityCell, a concern of Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited, will now keep their Customer Care Department open seven days a week and during all government holidays, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 50 hurt as villagers clash with police
At least 50 people including some women and children were injured in clashes with police at Gotria village in Kumarkahli upazila on Monday. Police damaged about 45 houses during the clash, villagers alleged.
 arrow A govt health centre with a difference
The small health centre at Ilisha Ghat set up by the religious affairs ministry is different from such other government facilities.
 arrow Reopening of sugar mill demanded
The local unit of the 11-Party Alliance in a meeting here on Wednesday demanded reopening of the Rangpur Sugar Mills, Gaibandha immediately.
 arrow Osmai Airport expansion work begins in July
Work on Sylhet Osmani Intern-ational Airport development project will start soon.
 arrow Kushtia Bidi factory workers agitate for salary hike
About 3000 workers of Nasir Bidi factory at Allahrdarga in Daulatpur upazila in the district brought a procession at the upazila headquarter yesterday to press their five-point demand including pay hike
 arrow Workshop on AIDS held at RU
The Centre for Communication and Development (CCD) in collaboration with CARE Bangladesh organised a day long workshop on "Orientation of Journalists on AIDS/AIDS issue" on the Rajshahi University (RU)
 arrow Killer gets life in Kushtia
A killer was awarded life term imprisonment by a court in Chuadanga on Monday.

The convict is Rabiul Islam, son of Monhor of Khaskara in Alamdanga, Chuadanga.

 arrow Boro harvest ...

Point-Counterpointarrow Fashioning lies, veiling the truth
As the hijab issue heats up in France and Germany, and the psychological pressure and the brainwashing of women intensifies all over the Muslim world, the feverish cry of "an attack on hijab is an assault
Culturearrow Of sun, sand and scintillating photos
Umar Khalid Rumi, his daughter Laura, and his two close friends, Shah Mushtaque Ahmed and Naser Ahmed, took innumerable photos on their trip to the St Martin's this February.
 arrow Apon Ahsan: Adman with an edge
Apon Ahsan, one of the most promising advertisement makers of the country, has recently directed a music video.
 arrow Psycho: A hair raising tale
Hollywood films are often based on the theme of a man's psychological disorders at its worst. But TV dramas in our country have seldom dealt with this subject.
 arrow A new mega serial
Another mega serial, Shawla, is to be aired from May 26, says a press release. The serial is produced by Index Communications. Written by Ferdous Hassan, the serial will be telecast on ntv.
Generalarrow 'Tagore was source of inspiration for liberation struggle'
Poet Rabindranath Tagore was a source of unlimited inspiration for the liberation struggle, said Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday.
 arrow Half of lawyers incompetent, inefficient: Mahbub
Half of about 25,000 lawyers enrolled in the bar are incompetent and inefficient, said senior lawyer Khandker Mahbubuddin Ahmed MP.
 arrow Govt law officers deputed to influence voters: Rokan
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad (SASP) panel leader Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud at a separate press conference at Supreme Court Bar Association hall said that the government has indulged in dirty
 arrow Special training courses for nurses to be introduced
Special training courses will be introduced for nurses for the development of specialised treatment in government hospitals.
 arrow Confce on self-help approach in health sector begins
A two-day international conference began in the city yesterday with a call to integrate the voice of stakeholders into policy-making decisions in the health sector.
 arrow 1297 more held, 6 arms recoverd
Police arrested 1,297 people during their countrywide drive on various charges in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Syria calls US sanctions unjustified, ineffective
Syrian officials dismissed Wednesday the newly-imposed US sanctions on Damascus over charges of supporting terrorism, saying they would have no impact on their country and its economy.
 arrow Israeli troops comb Gaza for soldiers' remains
Israeli troops were combing the Gaza City neighbourhood of Zeitun Wednesday for the remains of six soldiers killed a day earlier in a bomb attack which militants threatened to use as bargaining chips.
 arrow US probes Afghan prisoner abuse
The US military said yesterday it was investigating claims that an Afghan police officer was stripped, kicked and photographed naked in custody at a US army base in eastern Afghanistan.
 arrow Abuse by British troops condoned 'from the top'
Iraqi prisoners were routinely beaten or otherwise abused by British troops, with the mistreatment "condoned all the way from the top", a British newspaper on Wednesday quoted a reservist as saying.
 arrow Norway fails to secure deal in Lanka peace talks
Norway's latest shuttle diplomacy failed to secure an agreement on restarting Sri Lanka's stalled peace talks, but the warring sides pledged their commitment to a political settlement, officials said.
 arrow US to release 20 Pakistanis from Guantanamo Bay
The United States is expected to release 20 Pakistanis detained at its Guantanamo Bay camp in Cuba by the end of May, a senior interior ministry official said Wednesday.
 arrow Clinton wants his 'life back'
Former President Bill Clinton joked that he needs to finish his memoirs because "I need my life back.
 arrow 'Britain should not support US unconditionally'
Britain should not give unconditional support to the United States, a former conservative defence and foreign minister said on Wednesday, complaining that Prime Minster Tony Blair never publicly voiced
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ahsanullah murder case
It is extremely disturbing to learn that the family members of slain AL lawmaker Ahsanullah Master are being intimidated by the assailants to withdraw the murder case against the latter or face dire consequences.
 arrow Editorial: EPZ trade unions
We welcome the draft proposal agreed upon by Bangladesh finance minister, EPZ authority, US ambassador to Bangladesh, WB country director and a representative of investors that promises to end the stalemate
 arrow Matter of the carrot and the stick
The US Secretary of State during his visit to Islamabad last March announced his country's intention to bestow upon Pakistan the status of a major non-NATO ally (MNNA).
 arrow Media in Pakistan
The fundamental ingredient making democracy possible is the flow of information, without which people cannot possibly govern themselves.
Letters to Editorarrow Man on Fire
Do you remember the novel "Amanush" by Humayun Ahmed? or the "Masud Rana" episode of "Agni Purush" by Kazi Anwar Hossain? (I liked "Amanush" better...
 arrow ZIA in disarray
A few days back, I went to Zia International Airport to receive one of my relatives. As usual, the newly extended terminal of ZIA was buzzing with people who were waiting for their near and dear ones.
 arrow JMJB: A substitute for police?
The Northwest region of Bangladesh has long been dominated by the Sarbaharas and other outlawed operatives. The region is virtually reigned by them through extorting money and killing people at will.
 arrow An exemplary punishment
Ershad Shikder, a notorious killer, walked to the gallows on May 11 at the Khulna district jail. He had unleashed a reign of terror in Khulna before his capture in 1999.
 arrow Noise pollution
Twenty-first century is the age of commercialisation.

We very often find that factories are flourishing rapidly.