Vol. 5 Num 15 Thu. June 10, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow 11 die as six-storey building collapses
At least 11 people were killed in sleep in a predawn collapse of a six-storey building built on 200-year-old three-storey foundations at Shankhari Bazar in Old Dhaka yesterday, triggering a daylong search
 arrow Pull of the strings
When M Saifur Rahman walks into parliament for the 10th time in his career as finance minister to place a budget, he will certainly feel a diverse pressure.
 arrow Saifur's record
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman will achieve a remarkable feat likely to remain unrivalled in the immediate future as he presents a budget for the 10th time in a country that has had 34budgets
 arrow Explorers strike gas at block 9
Explorers at block 9 have finally struck gas in the Lalmai area, ending nearly three-year's quest for natural resources in the highly prospective zone.
 arrow WB okays $250m for reforms
The World Bank (WB) yesterday approved an interest-free credit of $250 million for Bangladesh to go ahead with its strong programme of enterprise and banking reforms.
 arrow 32 Shankhari Bazar buildings vulnerable
At least 32 more buildings out of 142 in Shankhari Bazar are highly vulnerable and may collapse anytime.
 arrow 75-yr-old dug out alive after 4hrs
Rescuers yesterday pulled a 75-year-old woman alive from the rubble four hours into the collapse of a six-storey building that had already killed her son and two others of her family among the 11 dead
 arrow Spurious alcohol kills 4
Four people have died and at least 50 others fallen sick in Kushtia town after taking local alcoholic beverage since Monday.
 arrow Blast in surgery injures five
A vicious explosion at a dental surgery in Dhanmondi yesterday afternoon injured five and triggered a raging fire.
 arrow Wide agri subsidy on cards
Responding to the agriculture ministry's vision of stepping up attention to farmers, the finance has finally decided to provide subsidy to agriculture sector covering a wide range of sub-sectors including
 arrow 20 housing firms grab 561 acres of public land
A Jatiya Sangsad (JS) body yesterday disclosed the names of 20 real estate companies that reportedly have grabbed over 561 acres of public land.
 arrow Hathazari militant camp operating for 2 months
Police hunt a cousin of a state minister, as he is believed to have set up a secret arms training camp busted deep into a Hathazari jungle in Chittagong on June 1.
 arrow Guerillas kill 12 Iraqi security men
Rebels killed 12 members of an Iraqi security force in a mortar attack in the flashpoint town of Falluja Wednesday, the force said.
 arrow PM for talks to resolve bilateral issues with neighbours
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said Bangladesh wants to resolve all bilateral issues with its neighbours, including India, through dialogue.
 arrow CPD live netcast of budget briefing on Daily Star website
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) will netcast live a press briefing to be held tomorrow giving its analytical view on the national budget for FY 2004-2005.
 arrow Budget session to run until July 14
The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad that began yesterday amid the absence of the main opposition Awami League (AL) will run until July 14, according to a decision of the Business Advisory Committee
 arrow BB declares Dhaka Bank board illegal
The central bank yesterday declared the board of directors of Dhaka Bank illegal and asked the bank to form a new board in line with the Bank Company Act and a Bangladesh Bank circular.
 arrow House of CMP DC attacked
Unidentified assailants yesterday injured an on-duty guard of the house of outgoing deputy commissioner (DC) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (DMP) and took away his rifle.
 arrow Two gunned down in city
Assailants gunned down a Jatiya Shechchhasebok Party (JSP) leader and a security guard while the body of an unidentified woman was found in the capital yesterday.
 arrow PSC detects faults in ACR writing
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has detected irregularities in the annual confidential report (ACR) of the public servants under different ministries and departments, which is used for their promotion.
 arrow Nurul Islam victim of rivals' campaign,say BNP leaders
AHM Nurul Islam, who was forced into retirement as the acting secretary to the prime minister on charge of leaking secret state information, was not involved in the 'Janatar Mancha' to dislodge the previous
 arrow 2 cops, 4 robbers bullet-hit in shootout
Two policemen and four robbers were bullet-hit in a shootout in Tejgaon yesterday morning as the robbers opened fire on the cops to escape arrest.
 arrow Shibir men harass madrasa students
The ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami's student wing has implicated in a false case general students of Tumchar Islamia Fazil Madrasa as activists of banned Islamist militant outfit Harkatul Jihad
 arrow Dhaka hails UN resolution on Iraq
Dhaka yesterday hailed the new United Nations (UN) resolution on restructuring of war-ravaged Iraq.
 arrow Legal notice overbeginning of budget session
A legal notice was served upon the government and the president's office yesterday for beginning the budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad, which it claims is unconstitutional in the wake of the 14th amendment
 arrow Minister declines to accept new commerce secy
Newly appointed secretary to the Ministry of Commerce failed to take charges as the minister concerned declined to accept the bureaucrat.
 arrow 15 AL men hurt in cops clubbing
Police yesterday clubbed Awami Shechhashebak League leaders and workers wounding at least 15 of them on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital, where the opposition party's volunteers' front gathered to protest
 arrow Over 20 killed in Pak clashes
Pakistani forces clashed with heavily armed foreign militants yesterday, killing more than 20 people, in a mountainous tribal region near the Afghan border where hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters are believed
Businessarrow Circuit breaker on blue chip shares widened
Having brought shares of B, G and Z boards under a broadened circuit breaker limit, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday widened the price movement restrictions on blue chip shares which
 arrow Automation of customs vital to speed up movement of goods
South Asian customs officials at a high profile seminar in Dhaka yesterday called for complete automation in customs administration to expedite cargo clearance and enhance export-import activities.
 arrow LDCs need tools to cope with liberalisation: MCCI
Market access, though important, is not enough to enable the least developed countries (LDCs) to reach a level of development and equally compete with others, said Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and
 arrow Japan Trade Show records Tk 3cr business contracts on debut day
The first-ever Japan Trade Show in Dhaka is witnessing tremendous response roping in some Tk 3.13 crore worth of business contracts on the very first day on Tuesday.
 arrow Lack of automation ups shipment time by 20pc
Lack of automation in the customs administration costs businesses 20 percent extra time in overall shipment reducing efficiency of the department at the same time, said an official of World Trade Organisation
 arrow Summer festival at PQS
PQS Super Centre, a chain store in Dhaka, has launched a month-long summer festival at all its three outlets in Uttara, Shantinagar and Dhanmondi.
 arrow PRAN launches pasteurised milk
PRAN Dairy has launched a new product, pasteurised milk, in the local market.
 arrow IPSSL Group opens service booth in DEPZ
Aiming to offer a wide range of services to investors at the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ), International Project Support Services System Ltd (IPSSL) Group yesterday launched a service booth inthe
 arrow WB mission sought to explore areas of agriculture dev
The government has requested the World Bank to send a mission to Bangladesh to identify the areas of cooperation for the development of the country's agriculture to help achieve the millennium development
 arrow $3.50 lakh ADB grant to monitor poverty reduction programme
ADB is helping Bangladesh monitor and evaluate its poverty reduction programmes through a technical assistance (TA) project supported by a grant of US$3.50 lakh.
 arrow GlaxoSmithKline, CDBL sign deal
GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert its paper shares into electronic scrips for trade settlement under the central depository
 arrow Asian reserves level off in April, May
The surge in Asian foreign exchange reserves stalled in April and May, latest central bank figures show, as a rebounding US dollar lessened the need for intervention to stop regional currencies from strengthening.
Sportsarrow BKSP becoming bigger
Country's lone sports institute Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) is all set to spread its wings from the tranquil settings of Savar.
 arrow Football: Spain relying on Raul
Spain's hopes of making an impact at the European championship, starting with a smooth run through their Group A games, once again rest heavily on Raul who has come to epitomise the fortunes of the national
 arrow Cricket: Cairns' Test swansong
Chris Cairns said Tuesday he had no complaints about ending his Test career.
 arrow Cricket: Arthritis stops Slater
Former Australian Test opener Michael Slater said Wednesday arthritis had forced him to retire from first-class cricket.
 arrow Cricket: 'Change rules ICC!'
Sri Lanka Wednesday asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change laws in a bid to end controversy over the 'doosra' delivery of the world's highest Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan.
 arrow Football: Japan crush India
Japan crushed India while South Korea and China both re-corded easy vic-tories as Asian football's big guns all moved a step closer to the 2006 World Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: The Arsenal factor
English Premiership champions Arsenal will make the case for the defence when England take on European champions France in their Euro 2004 opener on Sunday in Lisbon with centre half Sol Campbell andleft
 arrow Football: The young guards
With few chances of promotion in the ranks of champions France and Italy -- the defensive doyens of Europe -- the brightest young defenders at Euro 2004 are likely to emerge from the continent's lessfashionable
 arrow Cricket: Tigers return on Saturday
After an absorbing month of cricket in the West Indies, the Bangladesh team returns home on Saturday morning.
 arrow Just coincidence or ill motive?
The first meeting of the Olympic Day Run organising committee will be held on June 12, the same day a commemorative meeting on late Zafar Imam takes place.
 arrow Football: NFL from June 25
The qualifying rounds of the Nitol-Tata 4th National Football League (NFL) will start from June 25 at six different venues across the country.
 arrow Table Tennis: CJKS school TT
Municipal Model High School retained the team title in the CJKS-Aniruddha Barua Ani Memorial School Table Tennis competition beating Government Muslim High School by 3-0 at the CJKS gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB picks 11
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has picked up eleven pace bowlers to join the Under-17 fast bowling camp.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib won his third board against Dinayet in the Open FIDE Rating Chess competition to maintain his lead along with 14 other players at the federation hall-room yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Raising awareness a must to check noise pollution
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for raising awareness to check noise pollution to a great extent.
 arrow Tk12 cr Norwegian aid for education of indigenous children
Norway and Brac signed a contract titled "Education for Indigenous Children (EIC)" yesterday, says a press release.

Norwegian Ambassador Aud Lise Northeim and Brac Deputy Executive Director Md.

Nationalarrow An effort needs govt backup
Sixty-five year-old Jamaluddin of Ranachandi village in Kishoregang upazila was almost disabled because of Filaria in his right led.
 arrow Police camp closed in Bhola
The Ilisha police camp in Bhola Sadar upazila was closed abruptly on Tuesday and all policemen withdrawn, ignoring local people's demand for an outpost there.
 arrow More farm subsidy demanded
Speakers at an advocacy meeting held at Satkhira Sadar upazila auditorium on Monday stressed on sanction of more farm subsidies in agriculture sector to face the challenge of rich nations.
 arrow Rift in Satkhira BNP widens
Internal conflict in Satkhira district BNP has taken a new turn after announcement of its new committee by the central leadership.
 arrow Labour unions mull tougher programme for wage hike
About 600 workers at Burimari land port are continuing agitation to realise their demands including enhancement of wages.
 arrow No party can ignore Islamic forces, says Amini
Islami Okya Jote Chairman Fazlul Haque Amini MP has said any party willing to come to the power or stay in power will have to take the help of Islamic forces.
 arrow PBCP splits again?
The M-L faction and the Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) are facing split.
 arrow Barisal AL leader arrested on murder charge
An Awami League (AL) leader of Barisal district was arrested by CID police on Sunday on charge of killing an accounts officer of the municipality.
 arrow Shrine blast victim's family members quizzed
Family members of a victim of Sylhet shrine blast was quizzed for five hours on Monday.
 arrow New body of handloom board officers' assoc
S M Ehsanul Huq and AKM Abdur Rashid have been elected president and general secretary respectively of Bangladesh Handloom Board Officers Association for a two-year term (2004-2006).
 arrow 7 get life in Babuganj triple murder
Seven alleged dacoits were given life term yesterday for murdering three of their gang members in Babuganj in the district in 2002.
 arrow 3 'outlaws' killed in factional clashes in Barisal
Three persons including a Union Parishad (UP) chairman were killed in factional clashes among outlaws within a span of 10 days in the district.
 arrow Rally of landless in Pabna today
A mass rally of landless people will be held today at Ghughudaha in Khetupara union of Santhia upazila, Pabna.
Point-Counterpointarrow OPEC's barrel of oil and the world wars
The history of oil illustrates how modern civilization has become a fossil fuel society and we, in the language of anthropologists, known as Hydrocarbon Man.
Culturearrow Bangladesh Film Archive celebrates silver jubilee
Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) has arranged a three-day long silver jubilee celebration programme at the National Museum Auditorium.
 arrow Chitrangada: a classictale of love
Although Rabindranath Tagore wrote Chitrangada in 1882, the complete version of the dance drama was brought before audience for the first time in 1936 with the same theme.
 arrow North South University Cine and Drama Club
North South University Cine and Drama Club (NSUCDC) was officially launched on September 22, 1996.
 arrow Going online with stars
The coveted talent hunt contest in the music arena, One & Only Star Search 2004 sponsored by Benson & Hedges is back into action with a new dimension to add glory to the event.
Generalarrow Relocate sunset industries to Bangladesh
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Japan to help develop technological skills of Bangladesh's manpower and strengthen its economy.
 arrow Number of landless on the rise
The number of landless people has increased alarmingly in absence of a proper land policy, the speaker said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Registration (Amend) Bill placed in JS
A bill was placed in the House yesterday seeking to make registration of all kinds of instruments of transfer of property mandatory with the authorities.
 arrow Hearing on charge-framing June 24
A Dhaka Court yesterday fixed June 24 for hearing on charge-framing in a graft case against Health Minister Dr.Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and former Petrobangla chairman SKM Abdullah .
 arrow Police on alert in Nilphamari for Bangla Bhai
Police in all six thanas of Nilphamari district have been put on alert amid speculation and newspaper report that Bangla Bhai, dreaded operation commander of the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB),
 arrow CU selection boards formed
The syndicate of Chittagong University yesterday formed four-member selection boards for each department and institute of the university to appoint teachers.
 arrow Ace launches environmental website
Ace Workshop & Service Centre launched an environmental website and inaugurated CNG conversion service, says a press release.
 arrow Stipends for underprivileged schoolchildren
JOY, an NGO, has distributed stipends and kits among underprivileged schoolchildren at a function at Sohagpur High School auditorium here on Sunday.
 arrow HSBC World Environment Day photo exhibition begins
The Second World Environment Day Photography Exhibition of HSBC began on June 7 on its Gulshan Branch premises to mark World Environment Day, says a press release.
 arrow Career building programme begins June 14
A three-day Career Building Programme begins at the British School of Law in the city on June 14, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Division between Shias and Kurds to widen
The adoption of a UN resolution endorsing Iraq's future sovereignty fuelled a row Wednesday between Shias and Kurds who are divided over the fate of the country's interim constitution, politicians said.
 arrow Coalition partner chief quits cabinet
Ariel Sharon's government was plunged into new turmoil when the leader of one of his coalition partners quit the Israeli cabinet in protest at the prime minister's Gaza pullout plan.
 arrow Ashcroft grilled about US rules on torture
US Attorney General John Ashcroft on Tuesday refused to release memos detailing US torture policy as lawmakers accused him of trying to hide how the Bush administration has justified the abuse of prisoners.
 arrow Tainted ministers issue rocks Indian parilament
For the second consecutive day, both Houses of Parliament were on Wednesday adjourned for the day as an unrelenting Opposition paralysed proceedings protesting induction of "tainted" persons as ministers
 arrow Japanese hostage sues govt for role in Iraq
A Japanese activist who was taken hostage in Iraq has filed a lawsuit against his government claiming that Tokyo's dispatch of troops to the country is to blame for his ordeal, a court official said Wednesday.
 arrow Tens of thousands bid farewell to Reagan
Tens of thousands of Americans, including Hollywood stars and politicians, paid solemn personal tributes to Ronald Reagan, queuing for hours to file past his coffin.
 arrow G8 summit leaders hail Iraq vote
US President George W Bush has opened the annual Group of Eight (G8) summit, hailing the unanimous passing of a new UN resolution on Iraq hours earlier.
 arrow Allawi helped CIA in plans to attack Iraq: NYT
New Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi worked with the CIA as head of an exile group that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990s to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities, The New York Times
 arrow BBC to hire armed guards for staff in hostile areas
The British Broadcasting Corp has decided to hire armed guards from Western countries in "exceptional circumstances" to protect its journalists working in hostile areas, the broadcaster said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: UN resolution on Iraq
The UN Security Council has in a unanimous vote endorsed the US-UK sponsored resolution outlining the terms of the end of the formal occupation of Iraq and the transfer of sovereignty to an interim government
 arrow Editorial: Combating crime
The crime situation in the city, which is going from bad to worse, certainly calls for some drastic action on the part of the law enforcers.
 arrow US war on terror and Rumsfeld's visit to Bangladesh
Mr. Rumsfeld has been and back, to and from Bangladesh. The media was rife with speculation about the possible motive of the visit.
 arrow Events, dear boy, events
The first feel-gooder of modern times was Harold Macmillan, Britain's Prime Minister between the suicidal Anthony Eden and the whimsical Alec Douglas-Home. The phrase has vintage.
Letters to Editorarrow Behind marriage
Mr. Omar's letter drew my attention where he wants to establish the same-sex sexual bond as marriage. I beg to disagree with him.

He brings the reference of "birth control" under the light of religion.

 arrow Confusion! Who needs it?
The letter of Mr. Omar Sharif on June 5 Saturday, had discussed several points to legalise the 'Same Sex Marriage' which is still spreading confusion among the people in the western societies.
 arrow Give us a green patch
I propose to the Cantonment Authority, The City Corporation, The Railway and all other relevant authorities involved in town planning to convert the unused land-- starting from the turning of the Kamal
 arrow TI = Transparency Internal
Policies, regulations, guidelines, codes, instructions, projects and publicity are of no use in the government if the paper work is shady and non-transparent, and any document can be purchased for a price
 arrow Shocking indeed
An unclothed child lay on the footpath in a busy road in Dhaka city during the day and in the midst of all the traffic noise of the capital.
 arrow David Biswas
Zafar Sobhan's article on the plight of Proshika's David Biswas (Straight Talk, The Daily Star, June 6 2004) has raised a few questions in every reader's mind.
Pre-budget roundtablearrow A budget for the marginalized
Shamunnay, a centre for development and cultural learning at Unnayan Shamannay, in association with Manusher Jonno and Sangbad, organised a pre-budget national roundtable titled "Budget for the Marginalized"