Vol. 5 Num 46 Sun. July 11, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Bought a month ago, Biman now wants to get rid of F-28s
Only a month into the controversial purchase of two ageing and faulty F-28s, Biman Bangladesh Airlines now wants to sell them off along with three other similar aircraft.
 arrow Authentication body members blame ministry for distortion
Members of the authentication committee of the 15-volume 'Bangladesher Swadhinota Juddho -- Dolilpatro' (Documents of Liberation War of Bangladesh) have accused the Liberation War ministry and its minister
 arrow Who's to blame?
Two children were injured as a bomb went off in Shyampur yesterday.

Mehedi Hasan, 6, lost a couple of his fingers.

 arrow Cancer hospital to have 300 beds: PM
The 50-bed National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital (NICRH) in the capital will be upgraded to a 300-bed modern hospital, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia announced yesterday while laying the foundations
 arrow Flooding worsens
Flood situation in the northern, northeastern and southern regions of the country deteriorated yesterday as torrential rains and raging waters from across the border inundated fresh areas, submerginghouses
 arrow Changed history counters constitution
New additions to the 'Muktijuddher Dolilpatro' claiming late president Ziaur Rahman as the proclaimer of Bangladesh's independence contradict the constitution.
 arrow 22 journalists receive death threats from Islamist zealots
Twenty-two journalists -- 16 based in Sylhet, five in Barguna and one in Dhaka --received death threats apparently from Islamist militants yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed in Ctg wall collapse
Two women and a boy were killed and a girl was critically injured as a wall collapsed on their thatched houses in Bagghona of Lalkhan Bazar in the city during a heavy shower yesterday.
 arrow Bush pledges CIA reforms
US President George Bush has promised to reform the CIA after a report which criticises the US intelligence agencies for overstating the threat of Iraqi weapons prior to last year's war.
 arrow Ctg cops to probe three arms-laden trucks' missing
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) will soon launch a probe to unearth the mystery behind release of three out of 10 trucks loaded with arms seized from the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL)
 arrow Rajuk pledges its best to protect Gulshan Lake
Any structure if found to have encroached on Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake will be demolished, Rajuk Chairman M Shahid Alam told Gulshan Society office-bearers when they met him at his office yesterday.
 arrow Nurul mastermind of Ahsanullah killing
Police accused Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Nurul Islam Sarker of masterminding the assassination of prominent Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master with political motive in the chargesheet submitted
 arrow 11 die in road crashes
Eleven people, including a college student, were killed and 32 others injured in road accidents in Gazipur, Cox's Bazar, Faridpur and Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow Publisher seeks ban on 'Muktijuddher Dolilpatro'
A publisher yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) seeking a ban on the sale, distribution and marketing of 'Muktijuddher Dolilpatro' (Documents of the Liberation War) published by the
 arrow OC 'closed' for not handing over Hannan's man to Rab
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Friday 'closed' the officer-in-charge (OC) of Uttara Police Station apparently for not handing over a remanded accused to Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Bangladeshi freed in Japan
Islam Mohammad Himu, a Bangladeshi arrested in Japan in June and speculated in the press to have Al-Qaeda links, was released by a Tokyo court on Thursday.
 arrow Trade unionists enforce hartal today
Industrial Workers-Employees Protection Coordination Committee, a forum of country's trade unionists, enforces today a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal and 24-hour strike in industrial belts to press home
 arrow Bangladeshi among 5 illegal workers dead in Malaysia
Four illegal foreign workers drowned and another died from a heart attack when they tried to flee from a police raid in northern Malaysia, a news report said yesterday.
 arrow Getting rid of danger...

 arrow BCL calls strike at edn instts for July 21
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the Awami League, has called general strike at all educational institutions for July 21 in protest at the government's distortion of the country'shistory.
 arrow Imam's wife gets death threats
The wife of the imam of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital Jame Mosque, whom his associates assaulted and critically injured on Tuesday night, received repeated death threats
 arrow 'Kala' Jahangir get life term in BCL leader murder case
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced top listed criminal 'Kala' Jahangir and two others to life in their absence for killing a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader, Moklesur Rahman, on September 13,1997.
 arrow 2 bodies formed to identify risky buildings in Old Dhaka
A cabinet committee at a meeting yesterday formed two separate bodies to identify the risky and dilapidated buildings in Old Dhaka and suggest necessary actions.
 arrow Independent MP hurt in clash with BNP MP's supporters
Independent lawmaker MM Shaheen and nine others were injured in a clash with the supporters of BNP MP Naser Rahman who allegedly attacked a wayside rally of Shaheen at Kulaura yesterday.
 arrow Sacked judge stripped of Bar licence
Sacked judge Shahidur Rahman has been stripped of his licence to practise law in any court in the country.

The Bangladesh Bar Council informed the Supreme Court registrar about its decision yesterday.

 arrow Jalil, Kader get anticipatory bail in graft cases
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP and Joint Secretary Obaidul Kader in graft cases.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers begin indefinite strike
Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association (BNPTA) began indefinite strike across the country yesterday, demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Carjacker lynched
Mob yesterday beat a carjacker to death at Green Road in Dhanmondi yesterday.
Businessarrow Price hike in int'l market sees more revenue from leather
Increase in price of leather in international market has helped Bangladesh to post 8.66 percent revenue growth despite 58.84 percent drop in export volume from the sector in the 11 months of last fiscal.
 arrow New transaction tax irks short-term Indian traders
Scores of brokers protested outside the Bombay Stock Exchange Friday saying a proposed tax on the purchase of securities on exchanges will cut into the margins of short-term traders.
 arrow Week-long Thai Food Festival begins
With a view to promoting Thai food in Bangladesh, a seven-day long Thai Food Festival kick started at Sonargoan hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow All G7 economies' prospects weaker except Canada: OECD
Economic prospects have deteriorated in all Group of Seven major economies apart from Canada, according to the OECD's May "early warning" indicator released Friday.
 arrow Britain urges IMF to revalue gold for debt relief
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) Gordon Brown Friday called on the International Monetary Fund to revalue its gold reserves as a way of releasing more money for debt relief for the world's
 arrow Indian lubricant launched in Ctg
Balneral Lubricants, an engine oil products of India, has been launched here for marketing in Bangladesh.
 arrow Italian firm to make decoration materials in Comilla EPZ
An Italian company is going to manufacture decoration materials in Comilla Export Processing Zone.
 arrow Finlay tea holds regional sales confce
Finlay tea salesmen conference for Dhaka region was held at Finlay House at Gulshan in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Emirates to start new flight to Tehran
Emirates will start a new flight to Tehran, Iran from September 16, 2004.

The new flight will be operated every Thursday, departing Dubai at 1815 and arriving in Tehran at 2045, says a press release.

 arrow Finlay tea holds regional sales confce
Finlay tea salesmen conference for Dhaka region was held at Finlay House at Gulshan in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow WTO postpones key farm talks amid trade round gloom
Trade negotiators have postponed talks due late next week on reforming agriculture markets, officials said yesterday, amid gathering gloom over an end-July deadline for a draft deal to liberalise world
 arrow China to manage soft landing for economy
China will probably manage a soft landing for its economy over the next few years as it takes measures to cool overheating sectors, the head of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday.
Sportsarrow Football: Giants kept apart
Abahani Krira Chakra and Mohammedan Sporting Club avoided an early head-on collision in the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League after the number draw kept the two popular giants in separate groups
 arrow Cricket: Fleming lifts Kiwis
Stephen Fleming lashed a superb half-century to take New Zealand to 266 all out against West Indies in the triangular one-day NatWest Series final at Lord's on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: SL show resilience
Fighting innings from skipper Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara wrested the initiative from Australia on an encouraging second day's cricket for Sri Lanka in the second Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bachchu song!
Not long ago Sirajul Islam Bachchu was regarded as the father figure of the Nitol-Tata National Football League.
 arrow Cricket: Lee eyes comeback
Paceman Brett Lee is looking to spend some time in English county cricket in a bid to prove his fitness ahead of Australia's tour to India in October.
 arrow Cricket: ZCU agree to talks
The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) have agreed to take part in an arbitration process to resolve the three-month impasse caused by the sacking of captain Heath Streak.
 arrow Tennis: Federer thru'
Roger Federer earned his 50th win of the season as he survived a last rain interruption, defeating Italy's Potito Starace 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to move into a second consecutive final at the 544,750-euro
 arrow Football: A testing ground
The Copa America is about much more than just who wins the title.

It is also a chance for the likes of Brazil and Argentina to build a side for the next World Cup.

 arrow Football: Colombia ease into qtrs
Defending champions Colombia beat Bolivia 1-0 by a late goal from substitute Edixon Perea to secure qualification through to the quarterfinals of the Copa America.
 arrow Football: COPA SALSA
The Copa America should be held on a four-yearly basis rather than the current two to regain its prestige and fulfil its potential, Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Elland Road for sale
Leeds United chairman Gerald Krasner pleaded with the relegated club's fans to understand the reasons why the board will hold talks to sell their Elland Road stadium.
 arrow Football: U-17s to play Against MSC, Abahani
Bangladesh Under-17 football team coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo will get a chance to prove a point when his boys take on two local giants in practice matches at the Kamlapur Stadium this week.
 arrow Football: Khulna third
Khulna Division finished third in the BKSP Cup Under-16 football tournament when they beat BKSP Red 5-4 in the tiebreaker in .a play-off at the sports institute football ground in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Abdul Hadi Lane Jubo Sangha outplayed Nazirabazar Krira Chakra 6-0 in the east zone match of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League at the Dhopkhula ground yesterday.
 arrow Premier squash
The senior group semifinals of the Premier Division AP-AccessTel squash tournament will be held today at the Dhaka Club Squash Court.
Metropolitanarrow Family members allege ill-treatment by Rab
Family members of Shahjahan Ali, who died on Friday morning three days after Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested him, levelled allegation of ill-treatment at the Rab.
 arrow Tributes paid to Humayun Rasheed Chy
Participants at a discussion yesterday recalled the contribution of late Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Humayun Rasheed Chowdhury during and after the country's liberation war.
 arrow 3-yr plan to improve FP services
The government has planned to intensify the family planning programmes with a three-year plan to increase Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) to 62 percent from the current 54 percent and cut Total Fertility
 arrow AL protests distortion of history
Different front organisations of main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday staged separate demonstrations at Bangabandhu Avenue protesting the insertion of Ziaur Rahman's name as the first proclaimer
 arrow Khoka gets bail in 2 graft cases
A Dhaka Court yesterday granted bail to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeq Hossain Khoka in two graft cases.
 arrow Bid to abduct businessman in Ctg: 2 held
Local people caught two abductors red handed when they made an attempt to kidnap a businessman at Agaramile area under Hathazari police station on Friday.
 arrow President assents to 4 bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to four bills passed in the current budget session of parliament.
 arrow Buet term final exams July 24
The term final examination of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will begin on July 24 instead of July 17.

Dates of other exams, however, will remain unchanged.

Nationalarrow Sad demise of a pathfinder
The Mojaher Co-operative Industry, founded by legendary Dr Akter Hamid Khan in 1951, which was instrumental in spreading co-operative movement and bringing about initial changes in country's agriculture,
 arrow Pisciculture brings good days for landless Harun
Only two years back, poor Harun Mazi had to work dawn to dusk as an agricultural labouder for survival. He had no cultivable land, no education.

The hard days are gone.

 arrow Arsenic: Water purifiers supplied by NGO in Gopalganj
Arsenic has created panic in three upazilas of Gopalganj district.
 arrow Death threat to journo for publishing news
Armed miscreants allegedly engaged by a clinic owner in the town threatened a local journalist with death for publishing a news and demanded Tk 10 lakh toll.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader held for extortion
Wahid Al Mamun alias Lablu, 31, joint convenor of Gournadi upazila Jubo Dal, youth front of ruling BNP, was arrested from his house at Batajore under Gouranadi thana Thursday night on charge of extortion.
 arrow Nothing revealed by Bulbul during Interrogation
The detective branch (DB) of police could not bring out any important information from accused Iqbal Ahmed Bulbul about the triple murder case of Minesota state in USA after three days of his remand here.
 arrow Trial of Balu killing demanded
Journalists at a meeting at Manikganj Press Club demanded arrest and punishment to the killers of Knulna journalists Humayun Kabir Balu.
Point-Counterpointarrow The way forward
Looking Outward: Bangladesh in the World Economy
by Nurul Islam
University Press Limited, 2004

 arrow Edwards a welcome choice
With the announcement of Senator John Edwards as the vice-presidential running mate for the Democratic party presidential candidate Senator John Kerry, the wind of this year's presidential election has
Culturearrow Children's Theatre
Children are the hope of the world
--Jose Marti (Cuban national hero)

No longer are academics and bookish knowledge the only raison d'etre of schools.

 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Shikhandi Katha
The sufferings of the pariahs on stage
Hermaphrodites are often regarded as burdens on society or as a curse of God. We do not try to understand their problems.

 arrow Geared up with hi-tech amusement!
Nothing is more enjoyable than engaging oneself in indoor activities this rainy season.
 arrow Ataur Rahman: the man behind Raktokarabi
Raktokarabi is one of Rabindranath Tagore's plays staged most both in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Internationalarrow Arabs want destruction of Israeli barrier
Following their victory in the UN's highest court, the Palestinians will ask the General Assembly next week to demand that Israel destroy the barrier it is building to seal off the West Bank.
 arrow US, UK intelligence services both made mistakes: Cook
Intelligence services "on both sides of the Atlantic" failed in their assessment of the threat presented by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, former foreign secretary Robin Cook said Saturday on BBC radio.
 arrow Goh asks Delhi to 'look east' more seriously
The visiting Singapore Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong, Friday asked New Delhi to "look East" more and emphasised that his country sought to have increased investments in India.
 arrow IAF helicopters start rescuing marooned children in Assam
Indian Air Force helicopters rescued 350 children from the roof of their school in Guwahati, which was submerged in swirling flood waters, as monsoon rains affected people throughout the state.
 arrow Politicians must not escape blame
The US intelligence community should not be made to shoulder full responsibility for misjudging Saddam Hussein's weapons capability ahead of last year's Iraq war, British newspapers said yesterday after
 arrow 'Ranks of Zarqawi's terror network swell in Iraq'
Jordanian Islamist Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi's terror network groups 500 to 1,000 men and his ranks have swelled in recent months as Iraqi fundamentalists have joined the movement, a high-ranking US military
 arrow China issues AIDS alert
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has acknowledged that AIDS has reached every level of society in China.
 arrow S Korea warns of terror attacks on ships
South Korea has put its shipping companies on alert after an Islamic militant group threatened to destroy vessels carrying US military goods in the Middle East, news reports and intelligence officials
 arrow Blair considered resigning: BBC
British Prime Minister Tony Blair came close to resigning last month and four senior ministers from his cabinet intervened to persuade him not to do so, the British Broadcasting Corporation said yesterday.
 arrow Attempt to storm army camp foiled in Kashmir
Five militants, including an area commander of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), and a security jawan were killed and four injured in an encounter in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir where troops
Editorialarrow Editorial: Government to seek 19th extension!
Here we go again.
 arrow Editorial: Floods worsen
At least 15 districts have been affected by the monsoon flash flooding.
 arrow Contours of possible Indo-Bangladesh relations
Invariably the foreign policy of a country is formulated to serve its national interests.
 arrow Aping needs no copyright
THE BJP cannot win in parliament what it lost at the polls. That is what the party must have realised after disturbing parliament from day one, session after session.
Letters to Editorarrow SSC results
I would like to congratulate the successful candidates who have achieved good results in the SSC examinations this year.
 arrow Snap of reality
For educational purpose, I am out of the country for the last two years.
 arrow Perspective
The politicians are also pointing that the society has become undisciplined, but they point to the other politicians and do not include themselves. That is why history has recorded these cycles.
Star Healtharrow Obstacles to treat HIV/Aids
The World Health Organisation plans to have three million people taking anti-retroviral therapy by the end of 2005.
Star Cityarrow Circular waterway gets a way out
The second phase of a circular waterway has got under way after a financial hitch, as Titas Gas Company Limited agreed to bear the cost of reinstalling gas pipelines at Aminbazar and Tongi points.
 arrow College admission terms baffle students
Students who passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination this year and their guardians are facing uncertainty, as most colleges are yet to come up with a decision about admission procedures.
 arrow ‘Paradise’ on the Rooftop

 arrow Over 11,000 pack like sardines in five DU women’s dormitories
One of the after effects of Dhaka University (DU) admissions is that female students face tough competition for accommodation in any one of the five women's dormitories.
 arrow Bus terminal facelift to take six more months
The development work of three bus terminals -- Sayedabad, Mohakhali and Gabtoli -- will take six more months to complete because of inclusion of a terminal building in the plan.
 arrow Rundown roads plague DU campus
The roads on the Dhaka University (DU) campus are in a state of dilapidation -- a condition that has been prevailing for over two decades.