Volume 4 Number 346 Thu. May 20, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Manmohan Singh to be Indian prime minister
India's president yesterday asked the Congress party's Manmohan Singh to form a government, ending days of crisis that paralysed the nation and spooked financial markets.
 arrow Deal signed with Washington to trace groups hostile to US
Bangladesh yesterday signed a memorandum of intent (MoI) with the United States to protect American interests in the country and extend full cooperation to the US in identifying individuals or groupssuspected
 arrow Dhaka's tradition as moderate Muslim state going off-track
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca yesterday said she conveyed the US concern to the government that Bangladesh's tradition as a moderate Muslim society is going off trackbecause
 arrow Unapproved projects, relentless spending
The roads and highways (R&H) department has spent as much as Tk 3,329 crore until 2003 under two unapproved projects.
 arrow Bangla Bhai men slaughter 2 today
Operatives of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) last night announced their latest vigilante action by loudspeaker to slaughter in public two villagers with apparent ties to an underground gang in
 arrow 500 fishermen missing
The cyclonic storm brewing over the Bay of Bengal crossed over to Akiyab coast of Myanmar yesterday afternoon, whipping up a tidal surge that flooded parts of the coastal districts and left some 500 fishermen
 arrow 10 kids die as missile fired on Gaza crowd
Israeli forces fired a missile and a tank shell yesterday into a large crowd of Palestinians demonstrating against the invasion of a neighboring refugee camp, witnesses said.
 arrow Caribbeans chase 119
Bangladesh put up 118 for 7 on board after electing to bat first in a rain-reduced 25-overs-a-side contest against West Indies yesterday.
 arrow US kills 40 Iraqis at wedding party
A US helicopter fired on a wedding party early yesterday in western Iraq, killing more than 40 people, Iraqi officials said. The US military said it could not confirm the report and was investigating.


 arrow Govt seeks $75m WB medical aid
The government has formally asked its development partners for an aid of $74 million for essential drugs, vaccines, contraceptives and other medicines for union level health centres.
 arrow Air patrol on cards to curb crime at Ctg port
The government has decided to introduce regular air patrol on the outer anchorage of Chittagong port and villages along the port channel of Karnaphuli river and the Bay of Bengal coast in a bid to curb
 arrow Internet telephony caught in red tape
Bureaucratic tangles keep holding back the internet telephony licensing process, denying people access to modern, cheaper technology and the public exchequer counting huge loss.
 arrow EC asks officials to act against code violators
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday asked returning officers responsible for next month's parliamentary by-polls to take stern action against people violating election code of conduct.
 arrow PM briefs Rocca on dev steps
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday apprised the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca of her government's efforts to consolidate democracy and improve the lot of the
 arrow ADP cut by 6pc
The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday approved a Tk 19,000 crore revised annual development programme (ADP), 6 percent less than the original one.
 arrow Left parties blast MoI with US
The left-leaning political parties yesterday strongly protested the memorandum of intent (MoI) that Dhaka signed with Washington, terming it a US intervention in Bangladesh's internal affairs.
 arrow 'BNP men' attack Proshika office in Pallabi
Alleged adherents of ruling BNP yesterday beat up staff of the Pallabi area development centre (ADC) of non-governmental organisation Proshika, looted cash and valuables said to be worth over Tk 2.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
Giasuddin-Al-Mamun protested a report headlined "Posh Gazipur house mystery to locals" published in The Daily Star on May 15.
 arrow US soldier jailed over Iraq abuse
An American soldier was convicted yesterday of abusing Iraqi prisoners in the first court-martial to come out of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The judge, Col. James Pohl, gave Spc. Jeremy C.

 arrow Bad governance thwarts uplift
World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich yesterday met Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and identified non-economic factors including lack of governance, law and order downslide and corruption
 arrow 2 traders abducted in Chuadanga
Armed criminals abducted two small traders from separate villages under Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga on Monday.
 arrow Break ties with two forums
The governing body of Proshika, a non-government organisation, has asked its president Qazi Faruque Ahmed to disassociate himself from two civil society forums in the greater interest of the organisation.
 arrow 3 cops to die for killing Yasmin of Dinajpur
Three policemen are to walk to the gallows for murder after rape of 19-year-old Yasmin of Dinajpur in 1995.
 arrow Cellphones worth Tk 50 lakh seized
Customs officials on Tuesday seized mobile phone sets said to be worth about Tk 50 lakh at Zia International Airport (ZIA).
 arrow Water transport workers threaten strike tomorrow
Water transport workers threatened to go on indefinite strike tomorrow as their deadline to the government to meet their demands, including publication of a government gazette on a new pay scale and its
 arrow Babul arrested soon after out on bail
Police arrested business magnate Nurul Islam Babul from the gate of Dhaka Central Jail soon after he was released on bail.
 arrow Four suspects sent to jail
Four suspects in Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master assassination case were sent to jail yesterday on expiry of their six-day police remand.
 arrow Ittefaq not coming out today
The Daily Ittefaq, one of country's oldest dailies, will not hit newsstands today.

Sources blamed a dispute over ownership of the vernacular paper for the suspension of its publication.

 arrow Traffic resumes after 6 hours on Dhaka-Mawa road
Road communications on Dhaka-Mawa highway remained suspended for six hours yesterday as toll-collectors of Dhaleshwari Bridge vandalised a bus and injured nine people.
 arrow Three to die for Trisha murder
The High Court yesterday rejected appeal and confirmed the death sentence to three young men awarded by the lower court for harrying to death a 10-year-old schoolgirl of Gaibandha in 2002.
 arrow Time to stitch

Businessarrow Import ban on Malaysian poultry parent stock goes
The government yesterday lifted import ban on poultry parent stocks from Malaysia.
 arrow Bangladesh investors' confce in S'pore today
An investors' conference, organised by the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI), will be held today in Singapore to project the investment opportunities in Bangladesh.
 arrow Banglabandha land port gets operational Saturday
Export-import activities through Banglabandha border point in the country's northern tip begin Saturday making it a fully operational land port.
 arrow $40m HRD programme for export-oriented sectors
The government has estimated $40 million to take up human resource development (HRD) programmes in export-oriented sectors, Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury told a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Finland offers help in tourism, power, paper industry
Finland yesterday offered Bangladesh its technologies and investment in four potential sectors -- water management, paper industry, tourism and power.
 arrow Asia's bond market dev seen gaining momentum
Asian policymakers are more aware than ever before of the need to develop regional bond markets and this bodes well for future financial stability, experts said at a conference here Wednesday.
 arrow Move on to limit insider stocks trading
A move is underway to restrict sponsor directors, advisors, officials, auditors and other insiders of a company to trade shares of that company during a period between the last day of financial year and
 arrow South Asian shippers meet in Dhaka today
The 15th annual general meeting of the Association of Shippers' Councils of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (ASCOBIPS) begins today in Dhaka.
 arrow Special tour packages for Malaysia
In order to promote Malaysian tourism sector in Bangladesh, Malaysian Airlines and Tourism Malaysia offer special tour packages for Bangladeshi travellers.
 arrow Samsung South West Asia CEO due today
Kwang-Soo Kim, president and CEO of Samsung South West Asia Regional Headquarters, will arrive in Bangladesh today to inaugurate the Samsung Digital Celebrations 2004.
 arrow Sadat Jute okays bonus share, 20pc dividend
Sadat Jute Industries Limited has declared a 20 percent dividend and 100 percent bonus share for the year 2002-03.
 arrow Agora launches daily raffle draw programme
Agora, a superstore, has launched a three-phase daily raffle draw programme for its customers offering attractive prizes.
 arrow Beximco Pharma, CDBL sign deal
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert its share certificates into electronic ones for trading under the central depository
 arrow StanChart holds China Night
Standard Chartered Bank's Financial Institutions Team recently organised "China Night" to celebrate the international partnership between Bangladesh and China in Dhaka.
 arrow Yemen Airways reschedules flight opening
Yemen Airways has partially readjusted its pre-announced flight schedule. Accordingly the inaugural flight is now due on the June 20.
 arrow Triune now PR consultants of SíporeMedicine
Triune (Pte) Ltd, a concern of Triune Group, has been appointed public relations (PR) consultants for SingaporeMedicine (SM).
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashundhara in final
Bashundhara Group set up a final clash with ARAF Apparels on Friday when they inflicted an 89-run defeat on Beximco in the second semifinal of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Average but better
He has been the prolific wicket-taker among Bangladeshi new-ball bowlers in one-day internationals and right up there in Tests too, but you don't see too many headlines written about him.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
The South Winds Cottages and Apartments were shining in all its glory when we returned from the Queen's Park Stadium on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: It's now upto ICC
Australia's cricketers will immediately return home from Zimbabwe if their proposed series is stripped of Test status.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka PM seeks Asian aid
Sri Lanka's prime minister Wednesday vowed to drum up South Asian support and sue the International Cricket Council (ICC) over a decision to outlaw Muttiah Muralitharan's controversial 'doosra' delivery.
 arrow Cricket: Eng in tricky situation
Michael Vaughan's knee injury has left England with a potentially tricky problem to solve ahead of Thursday's first Test against New Zealand at Lord's, just when it looked like it was the tourists who
 arrow Cricket: Busy Aussie year-end
New Zealand, Pakistan and the West Indies will tour Australia next southern summer in a compressed three-month programme of one-day and Test cricket matches, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Marcus feels honoured
Marcus Trescothick spoke Wednesday of his pride in being named England captain after regular skipper Michael Vaughan was ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand with a knee injury.
 arrow Cricket: CCL Plate final today
Gazi Tank yesterday flown in Pakistan internationals Taufeeq Umar and Yasir Hameed for today's GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League (CCL) Plate final against MM Ispahani.
 arrow Chess: Leonine chess
Bangladeshi Grand Masters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman failed to make a winning start when the Leonine Second GM chess tournament began at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Finals from tomorrow
The final round of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship kicks off tomorrow at the Adhunik Stadium in Natore with holders Noakhali taking on Chuadanga in the opening match.
 arrow Cricket: Naimur warned
Former national captain Naimur Rahman was cautioned for his misconduct with the umpire during the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League semifinal between Bashundhara and Beximco at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Handball: Maple Leaf mini h'ball champs
Maple Leaf clinched the first Maple Leaf mini girls handball tournament title with a 5-0 victory against Dhanmondi Tutorial in the final at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Scolari surprises
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Tuesday named his provisional squad for the Euro 2004 finals which the country will host next month, including a first cap for Benfica goalkeeper Moreira.
 arrow Football: Santini's English connection
France coach Jacques Santini named Tuesday nine players with English Premiership clubs, including four from champions Arsenal, in his Euro 2004 squad.
 arrow Football: Houllier on tightrope
Gerard Houllier might yet be sacked despite leading Liverpool into the Champions' League qualifying by finishing fourth in the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Nedved leads Czech charge
European Player of the Year Pavel Nedved leads a strong Czech Republic side to the Euro 2004 finals next month.
 arrow Football: Inzaghi misses out
Italy coach Giovanni Trapatonni on Tuesday named a provisional 23-man squad for the Euro 2004 football finals starting next month but without Filippo Inzaghi and Alberto Gilardino.
 arrow Football: Goodbye Hitzfeld
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will part company with the German giants at the end of the season, the club's sporting director Uli Hoeness confirmed on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Moudud blames journos for abusing freedom of press
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday came down on journalists for sometimes abusing what he said was 'the absolute freedom of press' in Bangladesh and asked them to be more objective and unbiased to information
 arrow Probe takes dramatic turn
Police will launch a fresh investigation to identify the woman whose body in nine pieces was found at Shyamoli in the city on May 13 as she was wrongly identified as Shamima Sultana Ria.
 arrow Killing has become order of the day
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited the residence of Prof Humayun Azad on Dhaka University campus and enquired about his health.
 arrow 'Launch movement to root out crimes, corruption'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for a movement to bring about changes in the society to rid the country of criminalisation of politics and widespread corruption.
 arrow College student killed in road accident
A student of Jagannath University College was killed in a road accident at Malibagh Chowdhurypara in the city yesterday.
 arrow Progress of work discussed
A meeting of the book writing committee on history of Bangabhaban was held yesterday at Bangabhaban with its chief advisor President Iajuddin Ahmed in the chair.
 arrow Anti-tobacoo campaign begins
A signature campaign against tobacco, intended to create public awareness about the dangers of smoking, was launched here yesterday.

Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar inaugurated the campaign at his office.

 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered body of an unidentified young woman from a mess at Dhakkhin Badda in the city yesterday.
 arrow 1602 more held
Police arrested 1,602 people from different parts of the country on various charges in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Police press charges against six
Police have pressed charges against six people in connection with the killing of a UP chairman at Tootpara under Sadar thana on January 29 this year.
Nationalarrow Pearl being smuggled out
NETRAKONA: Natural pearl collected from waterbodies in greater Mymensingh are smuggled to India and exported from there.
 arrow A potential unutilised in Patuakhali
A little attention can exploit the great unutilised agriculture potentialities in Patuakhali.
 arrow A noble effort by a freedom fighter
He is not a reputed artist but doing a great job.

Freedom fighter Abdul Aziz has opened an art school at a remote village where teachers teach children art and painting voluntarily.

 arrow Several hundred teachers not getting salary in Barisal
Several hundred schoolteachers in Barisal district are not getting salaries for about a year.
 arrow Indian leopard injures 5 in Nilphamari
After intrusion of two wild Indian elephants through Meherpur and their fanfare take-back, a leopard strayed into bordering Jhar Sinhessar village in Dimla upazila, albeit to a unwelcome situation.
 arrow Anti-drug body formed
A new 31-member committee of 'Dhumpan-O-Madok Birodhi Sangathan, an anti-drug and non-smoking organisation, was formed at a meeting held at Madyapara in the town on Monday.
 arrow Tk 2 lakh valuables looted: 20 hurt by dacoits
At least 20 persons including a woman were injured and valuables worth about two lakh taka were looted by armed dacoits at a house at Mukandapur-Madoerbag village in Sadar upazila on May 18, villagers
 arrow Killer gets life in Kushtia
A killer was awarded life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court here recently.
 arrow Slain IU ICS activist's body not recovered
Police could not find out the severed body of slain Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activist Monwar Hossain Shohel of Islamic University here even after five days of his murder.
Point-Counterpointarrow A second breakthrough in North Korea unlikely for Koizumi
The announcement didn't come as a total surprise as factual details coupled with rumours were abound in recent days that the inner circle of the Japanese government was getting ready for another summit
 arrow Economic globalisation and third world poverty
Poverty in the third world (TW) countries has permeated to an unacceptable level.
 arrow Rethinking development approach
Our country is one of the most vulnerable economies, characterised by extremely high population density, low resource base, high incidence of natural disasters, and criminalised socio-political structure.
Culturearrow Celebrating International Museum Day
It was long back in 1977, when the International Council of Museums (ICOM), during its 12th General Assembly in Leningrad and Moscow, adopted a resolution designating May 18 as International Museum Day.
 arrow Prachy: Elegance personified
Shilpi Mahalanabish of The Daily Star (TDS) spoke to talented film actress Rokeya Prachy (RP) recently. The conversation turned to a bit of exciting news--which her fans will love to hear.
 arrow 'Lalon's songs have a universal appeal'
Filmgoers who have enjoyed the feature film Lalon by Tanvir Mokammel are full of praise for the captivating voice of Hafizur Rahman Khan Bablu, known as Pagla Bablu, the Lalon singer.
Generalarrow Concerted efforts a must for effective implementation
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for concerted efforts by the government and non-government organisations to make the health and nutrition programme for schoolchildren a success.
 arrow BNP activists beat restaurant owner
Ruling BNP activists allegedly beat a restaurant manager-cum-owner at Karwan Bazar when he refused to give them Tk 500 which they claimed to have paid a bearer to buy cigarette.
 arrow Police killed 2 during Nandail poura polls: Probe report
A probe report yesterday accused police of killing two people during violence related to Nandail Municipal Corporation (NMC) polls on May 9.
 arrow Three outlaws lynched in Bagerhat
Three outlaws of Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party were lynched by angry crowds in Bagerhat district in the last three days.
 arrow Half-day hartal observed in Badarganj
People of Badarganj observed a half-day hartal yesterday demanding arrest of those who illegally occupied a house at Kutubpur after attacking the family members residing in the house.
 arrow Commemorative book launched
A commemorative book on writer and columnist late Khondokar Mazharul Karim was launched at a ceremony marking his birth anniversary.
 arrow Akhter Un Nabi passes away
Akhter Un Nabi, former president of Chittagong Press Club and Chittagong Union of Journalists (CUJ), passed away at Tata Memorial Hospital of Mumbai in India in the early hours of yesterday at the age
Internationalarrow Systemic problems at Abu Ghraib
Systemic problems existed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where US troops abused Iraqi prisoners, the head of the US Central Command said yesterday.


 arrow British parliament closed after Blair hit in question time
The House of Commons has been suspended during Prime Minister's question time after what appeared to be purple powder was thrown at Tony Blair.
 arrow Indian media hails Sonia's decision
The Indian media today hailed the decision of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi not to accept the post of Prime Minister as a "stunning political sacrifice" that will enhance her stature.
 arrow Did Sonia make the right choice?
The shock decision of Sonia Gandhi to turn down the post of prime minister caps one of the most remarkable days in recent Indian politics.
 arrow Nepal king agrees to meet opposition leaders
Nepal's king agreed yesterday to opposition demands to negotiate with their full leadership in a bid to defuse a crisis over royal control of the Himalayan kingdom, a party leader said.
 arrow UNSC mulls resolution on Israeli action in Gaza
The UN Security Council has discussed a proposed resolution condemning the Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Gaza Strip's Rafah refugee camp and calling for it to stop immediately.
 arrow Reuters staff accuses US troops of abuse
US forces beat three Iraqis working for Reuters and subjected them to sexual and religious taunts and humiliation during their detention last January in a military camp near Falluja, the three said on
 arrow 5 Iraqis killed in clashes near shrine
Five Iraqis have been killed and nine wounded in nearly 24 hours of heavy clashes in the holy city of Karbala, medics said yesterday.
 arrow Giuliani to testify before 9/11 panel
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, whose steady, reassuring presence after the Sept.
 arrow US removes Sudan from rogue list
The United States has removed Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism for its cooperation in tackling the menace.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A good step, but just
Together with prominent members of civil society, this paper had raised a question about the government's retaining power, under an existing law, to withdraw graft cases, even at the trial stages, which
 arrow Editorial: 'Bangla Bhai' still at large
Two activists of the self-styled vigilante group, Jagrata Muslim Janata, led by the so-called Bangla Bhai are reported to have been murdered by the members of the Purbo Banglar Communist Party, the rival
 arrow Rob Peter to pay Paul?
Recently, some very eminent persons, leading -- economists, ex-secretaries and finance ministers, and chairmen of private banks -- called on the finance minister with suggestions regarding the forthcoming
 arrow It was Sonia's show
IN the Mahabharata, an Indian epic, Bishma Pitamaha, a revered elderly warrior, remained quiet when Droupathi, a lady of virtues, was sought to be disrobed in public.
Letters to Editorarrow Violation of human rights
We are the people of the democratic state of Bangladesh. But in every sphere, human rights are being downtrodden by the government.
 arrow Can you hear us?
The communications minister promised to dissolve the unbearable traffic jam, the black soot and unserviceable motor vehicles and so forth.
 arrow IELTS coaching
To pursue higher education or for immigration to another country, 'IELTS' is required as it assesses one's ability of adopting in an English speaking country.
 arrow Situation in Iraq
Iraq has become a land of the dead. Everyday, coalition forces and Iraqi freedom fighters are being killed in clashes with each other.
 arrow Orientation courses on QC
Our leather is cheap (for export), but the QC is short (poor quality of shoes, DS report May 10).