Vol. 4 Num 341 Sat. May 15, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Sonia PM-in-waiting
Congress President Sonia Gandhi sewed up broad political support yesterday to become India's next prime minister.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's outfit has BNP men's blessing?
A deputy minister and other local lawmakers are masterminding from backstage the vigilante action of the Islamic militant outfit, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), against underground outlaws,locals
 arrow Three accused rounded up
Police yesterday nabbed three of the accused in the Ahsanullah Master murder case from a house at north Badda.
 arrow Small means out of poverty
A field full of vegetables, basket full of goods to sell, cows milk to the gallon, and chickens -- hundreds of them, lay eggs of prosperity for a small group of people in the impoverished upazila of Taraganj
 arrow Armed cadres now off to Pabna
Dreaded Operations Commander Bangla Bhai of the so-called Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) started withdrawing his operatives from Rajshahi on Thursday midnight and dispatching them to Pabna apparently
 arrow Biman pilots back to cockpit
After over 40 hours of disruptions, regular flight operations of Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumed in the early hours of yesterday as Biman management successfully negotiated a settlement with the pilots
 arrow First ODI today
The Bangladesh team's think-tank has decided to go into the first one-day international of the three-match series against the West Indies today with the same eleven that won the tour opener against the
 arrow US waits on Dhaka's reply to probe offer
The US has offered the government to assist in investigating the Chittagong arms seizure of April 2 and is yet to get a response.
 arrow Posh Gazipur house a mystery to locals
Khwab (Dream in Arabic), Tarique Rahman's friend Giasuddin Al Mamun's palatial house in Gazipur, remains a mystery to local residents who vandalised and set fire to it on May 7 suspecting that Mamun played
 arrow CPA officials' graft bid frustrated
The shipping ministry has torpedoed some Chittagong Port officials' bid to pocket some quick money by awarding a work, which they themselves can carry out, to a foreign company for an abnormally inflated
 arrow Regulator nails cell phone operators' over-billing bid
Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has ordered all mobile phone operators to bill their subscribers from May 1 according to the government's reduced long distance tariff.
 arrow Magistrate among 12 killed in accidents
Twelve people, including a magistrate and his wife, were killed and 34 others injured in separate road accidents in Moulvibazar,Gopalganj and Bogra yesterday.
 arrow US troops battle militiamen in Najaf: 10 killed
At least 10 Iraqi militiamen were killed in fierce clashes with US troops here yesterday after the local governor warned that a US attack on the centre of this holy city could be "imminent.
 arrow Constitutional Court restores Roh to office
South Korea's Constitutional Court rejected impeachment in its final ruling announced here yesterday, restoring President Roh Moo-Hyun to office.
 arrow Another student abducted in Kushtia
Abductors on Thursday night kidnapped yet another student from Harinarayanpur village under sadar upazila, in the third such incident in a week.
 arrow Trader shot dead in Razabazar
Unidentified assailants yesterday picked up a businessperson and shot him dead near Lake Circus Girls' High School in Dhanmondi.
 arrow Armed gang kills two in Mirer Sarai
Two people were killed and at least 15 others injured by an armed group allegedly in the presence of a local Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader at Badiullahpara village under Mirer Sarai upazila of the district
 arrow Nor'wester kills 3, injures 200 in Netrakona
At least three people were killed and over 200 injured as a nor'wester lashed 30 villages of four upazilas in Netrakona Thursday evening.
 arrow Savar Textiles protests
Savar Textiles in a rejoinder yesterday strongly protested inclusion of its name in a list of industries accused of gas pilferage in a probe by a three-member sub-committee of the parliamentary standing
 arrow Shotgun looted from cop in city
Unidentified criminals yesterday looted a shotgun from an on-duty police constable in the city.
 arrow Mirror editor ousted over Iraqi abuse photos
Piers Morgan, editor of London's Daily Mirror newspaper, was ousted yesterday over publication of pictures of alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British troops that proved to be fake.
 arrow Cop injured in gunfight with armed gang in Raozan
A cop was injured in a gunfight with an armed gang at a village in Raozan upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow JS body visits Savar to recover encroached land
Members of the parliamentary standing committee on the land ministry yesterday visited different areas in Savar to recover encroached land of the Court of Wards Nowab Estate.
Businessarrow E-government can cut graft, up investment
E-government can promote greater transparency in government activities, reduce the scope for corruption and attract investment, according to a study.
 arrow Share trading of four more cos thru' CDS begins tomorrow
The electronic settlement for share transactions through the central depository system (CDS) of four more companies begins tomorrow.
 arrow Mobile phone licensing in Pakistan
Excessive regulations are blamed for deforming the sectoral reforms.
 arrow India reforms may see shift if left influences new govt
Indian shares tumbled Friday, led by state-run firms, as economists said such key reforms as further privatisation might be put on the back burner under a new Congress-led government backed by leftist
 arrow BTRC hands over fixed phone licence to Bashundhara
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has formally handed over licence to Bashundhara Communication and Networks Limited (BCNL), an enterprise of Bashundhara Group, for operation of
 arrow United Ins declares 25pc dividend
United Insurance Company Limited has declared a 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Trade negotiators haggle over agriculture at WTO talks
Ministers from 28 WTO countries held talks Friday aimed at getting stalled free-trade talks off the ground although the sticky issue of agriculture kept back a convergence of positions despite some signs
 arrow EU, US should cut farm subsidies further
Developing countries grouped in the G20 said Thursday that the European Union and United States should do more to reduce agricultural subsidies but noted positive signs in talks on global trade liberalisation.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 08-May 13, 2004

Local FX Market
The local interbank market was on a bearish mood this week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Sharma plunders Partex
Indian Sandeep Sharma made a swashbuckling century as favourites Bashundhara Group romped into the Cup semifinal of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League with a facile nine-wicket victory over Partex
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
"Lara is not popular here," came the stunning declaration from Oswald, who was driving us to the Government House for the cocktail reception in honour of the Bangladesh and West Indies teams.
 arrow Cricket: Younis for Biman
Pakistan middle-order batsman Younis Khan signed for Bangladesh Biman yesterday to play in their crucial Corporate Cricket League match against ARAF Apparels.
 arrow Chess: Zia lifts title
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman clinched the seventh United Insurance and United Leasing International Masters Chess tournament title with one round still to go yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Treat Russell fairly'
Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra's president Nurul Alam Chowdhury has called for his club to receive fair treatment after finishing Dhaka Premier League runners-up in its first season in the top flight.
 arrow Football: African showdown today
Pele's prediction that an African country would win the World Cup by the end of the 20th century was one of only a few things he's got wrong in football.
 arrow Cricket: Ebrahim keeps hosts afloat
Dion Ebrahim scored his ninth Test half-century to bolster the faltering Zimbabwe batting on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo on Friday.
 arrow Football: Scolari wants to leave
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari hinted Thursday he may leave his post once his contract expires in July, after the three-week European football finals which the country will host.
 arrow Football: Only pride left for Real
Without a title to their name this season for the first time in five years, giants Real Madrid will still be playing for pride at bottom club Murcia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter desperate
Inter Milan can end a disappointing campaign on a high note if they win at relegation-threatened Empoli on Sunday in their final match of the season.
 arrow Football: Wake up Liverpool
Steven Gerrard has warned that Liverpool must spend big this summer if they are to become a European force once more, regardless of who wins the battle to secure a major stake in the club.
 arrow Football: N'ganj in zonal final
Narayanganj came from a goal down to beat Tangail 2-1 and set up a zonal final clash against hosts Gazipur in the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Barua inspires Gazi Tank
Sumon Barua smashed the fifth century of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket league to throttle unfancied Gazi Tank into the final of the Plate competition with a comfortable 81-run victory against Aktel
 arrow Handball: Schools h'ball
Bandura Holy Cross School will meet Narinda Government School in the 14th Bata Schools handball boys' final.
 arrow Cricket: Three Tigers fly to Windies
Opening batsman Javed Omar Belim, pacer Alamgir Kabir and left-arm spinner Enamul Haq will fly out to the West Indies today to join the Bangladesh team for the two-match Test series.
 arrow Handball: Maple Leaf h'ball from today
Maple Leaf International School will take on Ispahani Girls' High School in the opening match of the Maple Leaf First Mini handball tournament today.
Metropolitanarrow Arrest of Manik killers demanded
Speakers at a discussion demanded immediate arrest of and punishment to the killers of journalist Manik Saha.
 arrow Unocal gets nod to develop Bibiyana field
State-run Petrobangla on Thursday approved Unocal's much-talked-about Bibiyana gas field development plan but slashed its investment proposal by US$ 62 million.
 arrow Daily Star-Astech English debate contest begins
A five-day 'The Daily Star-Astech Group Inter-School English Debate Competition' began in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Mustafa Sarwar
Tributes were paid to the memory of Mustafa Sarwar, a language veteran and freedom fighter, at a discussion at Bhashkar Novera Hall of the National Museum in the city yesterday.
 arrow Car parts worth Tk 1.5 lakh stolen
Robbers looted car parts worth over Tk 1.5 lakh from an apartment building at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.
 arrow None claims body of woman in nine pieces
A woman whose body was found in nine pieces at Shyamoli in Mohammadpur on Thursday could not be identified till yesterday.
 arrow Ershad demands judicial probe into Ahsanullah murder
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad has demanded judicial probe into the murder of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master.
 arrow Workshop on classical music
A four-day workshop for classical music students titled 'Future Fusion' begins at the Government College of Music at Agargaon in the city today.
Nationalarrow Killings by outlaws up
Killings by outlaws in Chuadanga district have increased alarmingly.

At least 91 people were killed in the district in the last four months compared to 40 in the previous three months.

 arrow Honey farmers can earn forex
Netrakona: The forest area in Mymensingh was named Modhupur for its abundant natural supply of modhu (honey). But the natural supply depleted long ago with gradual shrinking of forests.
 arrow Police inactive as Ahmadiyyas attacked in Rangpur, HR activists say
A fundamentalist group attacked houses belonging to Ahmadia community in four villages under Baderganj upzila in Rangpur but police did not take any action, human rights and legal aid activists alleged.
 arrow PBCP 'regional leader', cadre killed by police
Two armed cadres including a 'regional leader' of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), were killed in police firing at Bamanagar when they jumped from a vehicle to escape after arrest by joint
 arrow Transport strike in Nilphamari tomorrow
The Nilphmari District Transport Workers Union has call a day-long transport strike in the district tomorrow protesting the attack on its Jaldhaka office on the May Day.
 arrow Principal, 10 others hurt as students clash with outsiders
Eleven persons including the principal, vice-principal and two teachers of Sheikh Fazilatunnessa college at Malandaha in Jamalpur district were injured during a clash between students and outsiders on
 arrow Jubo Dal leader hacked by party rivals in Barisal
Jubo Dal leader Ziaul Hasan Suhad, 26, a listed criminal in the city and chief of self-styled Suhad Bahini, a notorious gang, was hacked by rivals in the party on Thursday allegedly over share of drug
 arrow BNP allowed, opposition barred
Police on Wednesday foiled an attempt to form a human chain in the town to protest alleged rigging in the recent municipal polls but allowed another formed by BNP protesting the murder of Awami League
 arrow Unrest at Akis Bidi Factory
Police on Thursday arrested Jewel Ahmed, a labour leader at Akiz Bidi Factory, after its owners filed a case against 12 factory workers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Some garments factories are death traps?
True, death rarely comes by appointment.
 arrow Immoral, or merely conforming?
Recently I found that the eleven-stop tube journey from Hammersmith to Euston Square is long enough to start liking and then eventually hating a person.
Culturearrow The quartet
The Daily Star recently spoke to four mega stars TV personalities, Shahiduzzaman Selim, Zahid Hasan, Tauqir Ahmed and Azizul Hakim.
 arrow Pioneering art on the Internet
In this era of computer enhanced virtual reality, artists are also utilising the World Wide Web to reach the greater audience.
 arrow Upholding the folk dance tradition
Back from a programme in Japan, danseuse Farhana Chowdhury Baby is very happy to have received an enthusiastic audience response.
 arrow Troy poised to hit a Homer at Box Office
The forces of ancient Greece move to the forefront of the box office battles this weekend as Warner Bros. launches its epic Troy in a lot more than 1,000 theatres.
Internationalarrow 'Communists to call the shots in new govt'
Communists will provide crucial support to prop up India's new government and could press a leftist agenda that includes a reversal of the 13-year push towards a market economy, analysts said yesterday.
 arrow N Korea won't accept complete dismantling of nuke programme
North Korea vowed yesterday to never accept US demands for a complete dismantling of its nuclear programmes, calling it a humiliating measure that can only be imposed on a country defeated in a war.
 arrow 'Political upset may slow peace with Pakistan'
The dramatic election defeat of India's Hindu nationalists will slow the fledgling peace process between India and Pakistan, analysts said yesterday, predicting more caution from a Congress-led government.
 arrow Hurriyat upbeat on Kashmir peace
A senior Kashmiri separatist said yesterday he was hopeful the next Indian government will pursue peace talks in the divided Himalayan territory after the defeat of the Hindu nationalists.
 arrow Suu Kyi's NLD to boycott Myanmar convention
Myanmar's main opposition party yesterday said it would boycott next week's constitutional convention after the ruling military failed to release democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and ignored key demands.
 arrow Berg died for sins of Bush, Rumsfeld
The father of Nick Berg, the American beheaded in Iraq, directly blamed President Bush and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday for his son's death.
 arrow Italian press trumpets Sonia's triumph
The Italian press yesterday saluted the victory of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi and her Congress party in the Indian elections.
 arrow Iraq prison abuse a 'failure of leadership': Powell
The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US forces was caused by "a failure of leadership", US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday, while insisting this did not mean Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
 arrow Senate committee grills Pentagon officials
The Pentagon's No. 2 general and the deputy defence secretary said they were unaware of interrogation rules approved for use in Iraq allowing the use of dogs or days of sleep deprivation.


 arrow US soldier details Iraq abuse, to plead guilty
US guards at the Abu Ghraib prison stripped Iraqi prisoners naked, mocked, struck and kicked them and then "in the crudest of humiliations, forced them to hit each other," the Los Angeles Times reported
Editorialarrow Editorial: ADP implementations
With only 45 percent ADP implementation posted in the first nine months of the current fiscal, the government has had to slash the outlay to Tk 19,000 crore, down by Tk 1,300 crore from the original estimate.
 arrow Editorial: An abominable act
The gruesome killing of Nicolas Berg in Iraq by Islamic militants is a despicable and abhorrent act.
 arrow Human rights implode in Iraq
The last few weeks have seen resistance mounting in Iraq. US forces have been locked in tense stand-offs in the cities of Najaf and Fallujah.
 arrow Unending eddies
Rumour mills are working full time. Mir Zafrullah Khan Jamali's Prime Ministership is supposed to seem rickety. Some talk of a new polls.
Letters to Editorarrow Trendy Fotua
Fotua is considered to be the most popular apparel both among young men and women these days. To put it on with jeans has been set as the latest trend in the fashion market.
 arrow May Day and our garment workers
It is not long that we have observed the May Day with numerous seminars stressing the right of the workers.
 arrow A different Jatiya Sangsad
It was altogether a different Jatiya Sansad (May 12) -- for those in the gallery as well as those watching it on TV.
Literaturearrow The First Party
After the dimness of the verandah, the bewildering brightness of the room made her stumble against the unseen doorstep.
 arrow On Bob and Bandar
Imagine Khaleda Zia or Pervez Musharraf--or indeed any other holder of the top post in Bangladesh, Pakistan, or India, for that matter--cozying up to a journalist! Make believe for a moment the primeminister
 arrow The Drunkenness of things being various
Gods, Mongrels and Demons: 101 Brief But Essential Lives, by Angus Calder. London: Bloomsbury. 16.99 pounds.