Vol. 5 Num 53 Sun. July 18, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Power sector slumps on political prank
Load shedding may hit as high as 1,000 megawatt next year, the Power Development Board (PDB) fears, blaming lobbying by vested interest groups and politically motivated decisions for stagnation of the
 arrow Cry for food in Dhunat
Mismanagement in inadequate relief distribution added to the woes of thousands of flood victims camping in the open on the Jamuna river in Dhunat without food and water after a dam-cut wiped their villages
 arrow HC stays BDB petition to EC for 3 months
The High Court yesterday stayed for three months proceedings of the petition to the Election Commission (EC) Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh candidate Abdul Mannan filed for cancellation of the controversial
 arrow Dhaka non-committal about Berlin's UNSC berth
Bangladesh was non-committal about Germany's bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), but backed UN reforms after German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer soughtDhaka's
 arrow Fischer lauds Dhaka's role in regional coopeation
Germany has appreciated Bangladesh's role in fostering regional cooperation in South Asia and also in the United Nations (UN) through participation in peacekeeping missions in different troubled pockets
 arrow Bar sends memo to chief justice
The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday submitted a memorandum containing a six-point demand to the chief justice, which includes reconstitution of criminal motion benches of the High Court.
 arrow Witness, family tell of framing
Apparent inconsistencies between the Rapid Action Battalion's (Rab) claim of catching Sumon and two others red-handed while exacting tolls from a shop assistant in Tongi Thursday and the version of aman
 arrow Hameed stars Pak win
Memories of Bangladesh's fifth overall one-day victory were laid to rest in 24 hours when the Tigers crashed to a 76-run defeat against defending champions Pakistan in the Eighth Asia Cup here yesterday.
 arrow SL spin to victory
Muttiah Muralitharan and Upul Chandana shared seven wickets to bowl Sri Lanka to an emphatic 116-run victory over the United Arab Emirates in the Asia Cup Group-B league match here yesterday.
 arrow Bodies of seven aborted babies, newborn recovered
Police yesterday recovered the bodies of six premature infants from a footpath in Bakshibazar and that of a newborn girl from a garbage bin near Shankar bus stand in Mohammadpur in the city.
 arrow AL calls hartal for July 24
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday called a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country for July 24 to protest the killing of Tongi Jubo League leader, who was also a key witness to the party lawmaker
 arrow Diesel-run vehicles to be phased out
A high-powered meeting on easing the city's traffic jam yesterday decided to take a number of steps, including phasing out diesel-engine vehicles, prohibiting rickshaws on eight specific thoroughfares
 arrow Workers to get punished for crimes, strikes abroad
For the first time, the government is framing a comprehensive manpower export policy with provisions for punitive actions against expatriate Bangladeshi workers for committing crimes and other offences,
 arrow 119 illegal Structures on Buriganga demolished
The district administration and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday demolished 119 illegally set up structures on the Buriganga River on the first day of a five-day joint drive.
 arrow Old man killed in city bomb attack
An elderly man was incinerated and four others of his family suffered severe burns when unknown assailants threw a bomb into their second floor apartment after pouring flammable liquid at Shyamoli inDhaka
 arrow Iraq justice minister escapes attack
A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle as a convoy carrying Iraq's justice minister drove past in Baghdad yesterday, killing four people but not wounding the minister, police and US troops at the scene
 arrow Listed criminal and ICS cadre arrested
A joint team of Panchlaish police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a listed criminal and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadre from Munshi Pukur Par in Sholak Bohar Friday night.
 arrow One buys Freedom in Kushtia
Mahidul Islam, who was abducted on Thursday, bought his freedom reportedly for Tk 5 lakh in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Mirza Azam, Nanok get bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to Jubo League leaders Jahangir Kabir Nanok and Mirza Azam MP and city Awami League (AL) leader Syed Khokan in the BRTC bus burning
 arrow Palestine in turmoil
The Palestinian government called a state of emergency yesterday and summoned the cabinet for an urgent meeting as the Gaza Strip slid into chaos, after gunmen kidnapped two security officials and four
 arrow 'Criminal' shot dead on DU Campus
An alleged criminal was gunned down by his accomplices on the Dhaka University (DU) campus last night, police said.

The dead was identified as Shamsul Alam alias Shamsu.

 arrow Tiger kills Fisherman in Sundarbans
A fisherman was killed by a Royal Bengal Tiger in Kachhikata in the Sundarbans Friday night.
 arrow Floodwaters for household use !

 arrow German FM meets Hasina
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer yesterday called on Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina at her Sangsad Bhaban office.
 arrow 100 injured as Tornado hits Sunamganj
At least 100 people were injured and 200 houses damaged as tornado lashed six villages of the district in the early hours of Friday.
 arrow Bangabandhu Parishad protests distortion of history
Bangabandhu Parishad yesterday protested the insertion of the name of former president Ziaur Rahman as the first proclaimer of independence into the reprint of 'Bangladesher Swadhinata Juddho: Dalilpatra'.
 arrow UNFPA director arrives today
UNFPA Director for Asia and the Pacific Division Sultan A Aziz arrives in Dhaka today on a six-day official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Car hijacked, driver shot
Carjackers made away with a private car after shooting its driver at Lalmatia in Mohammadpur yesterday.
Businessarrow Rupali Bank all set to launch jt venture bank in Pakistan
State-owned Rupali Bank is going to set up a joint venture bank in Pakistan in collaboration with a Pakistan-based financial institution.
 arrow Cable operators seek end to Star TV distributorship row
Cable TV operators yesterday sought government intervention to resolve a dispute between two companies over pay channel distribution and renewal.
 arrow Indian PM talks FDI hike with communist allies
Against the backdrop of strain in ties between India's ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and its crucial outside supporter Left parties on the issue of hike in foreign direct investment (FDI) limit
 arrow Labour leaders demand full payment to Adamjee workers
A section of labour leaders from jute and textile sector yesterday blamed the government for non-payment or partial payment to many of the retrenched workers of Adamjee Jute Mills which was shut downtwo
 arrow China comes to grips with new labour standard
While most of China was enjoying the Labour Day holiday in May, factory managers in the country's southern and coastal manufacturing hubs were sweating over a labour standard that many of them had never
 arrow Seminar on Internet share trading for women
In a bid to familiarise women entrepreneurs with internet share trading a seminar was held in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Jago Corp to market Zodiac products in Bangladesh
Jago Corporation Limited, a Bangladesh-Taiwan joint venture company, will market Zodiac Group Australia Pty Limited products such as Zodiac inflatable boats in Bangladesh.
 arrow Limo Electronics becomes GP dealer
Limo Electronics Limited has signed an agreement with GrameenPhone Limited (GP) to become GP dealer.
 arrow WTO proposes elimination of farm export subsidies
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Friday proposed that its 147 member countries eliminate subsidies as it launched a new attempt to broker a compromise in deadlocked global trade talks by the endof
 arrow Martha Stewart gets 5 months in jail
Celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart was sentenced on Friday to five months in prison and five months of house arrest, the lightest term allowed by law, for lying about a stock sale -- and vowed to make
Sportsarrow Cricket: Positive in defeat
Dav Whatmore must have been hopeful that after restricting Pakis-tan to 257-7 the Tigers would give the defending champions a run for their money in their Asia Cup group match at the SSC ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Stop conspiracy: Amalesh
Has Abahani forgotten how to win a title? Looking back at their last two years performance one can easily be tempted to think in that line.
 arrow Cricket: Murali woos Woolmer
New Pakistan coa-ch Bob Woolmer believes that Sri Lankan ace spinner Muttiah Mura-litharan does not chuck or has never thrown the ball.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
For once, India and Bangladesh were equal on ranking. Both started not only as favourites to win their respective opening matches of a tournament but also were supposed to crush their oppositions.
 arrow Football: Saudi quest starts today
Injury-hit Saudi Arabia kick off their quest for a fourth Asian Cup crown here Sunday against Turkmenistan while the battling footballers from war-torn Iraq open their campaign.
 arrow Football: Troussier sets his target
Qatar coach Philippe Troussier believes his side's hopes of progressing in the Asian Cup hinge on them getting a flying start against Indonesia here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Valencia face Villarreal
Valencia will begin the defence of their Primera Liga title with a home game against regional rivals Villarreal on the weekend of August 28-29.
 arrow Football: Finals of NFL begins today
The first phase of the final round of Nitol-Tata National Football League kicks off today in Mymensingh with holders Muktijoddha Krira Chakra taking on Chittagong Mohamme-dan in the inaugural match at
 arrow Cricket: Khuram puts brakes on SL
Left-arm spinner Khuram Khan grabbed four vital wickets as the United Arab Emirates restricted Sri Lanka to 239 in the Asia Cup Group B league match here on Saturday.
 arrow Basketball: Int'l basketball making debut
Bangladesh Basketball Federation (BBF) is all set to stage an international competition for the first time in the country when the fourth FIBA-ASIA Championship for Young Men commences at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Football: Bahrain hold hosts
Bahrain stunned China with a last-gasp equaliser here Saturday to snatch a well-deserved 2-2 draw as the Asian Cup kicked off with a disappointing result for the hosts.
 arrow Gavaskar tries to clear name
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar is taking appropriate steps to clear his name from the unsavoury controversy which has broken out back home about his alleged involvement in a case of financial irregularity.
 arrow Cricket: No problem for India
Rahul Dravid smashed an impressive 104 and Irfan Pathan grabbed three quick wickets as India thrashed the inexperienced United Arab Emirates by 116 runs in an Asia Cup Group B league match here on Friday.
 arrow Swimming: National U-20 Swimming July 20
The 21st National Under-20 Swimming Championships begin at the swimming pool of Borgra District Sports Association on July 20.
 arrow Chess: Nepal Open chess
Mehdi Hasan Parag and Debaraj Chatterjee secured 6.5 points each after the end of the ninth round games of the first Mechi Open International Rating chess tournament in Nepal.
Metropolitanarrow Colleges start distribution of admission forms
Different colleges in the city started distribution of admission forms yesterday to enrol students in class XI.
 arrow Zia declared independence, says Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said late president Ziaur Rahman was the person who proclaimed the independence of Bangladesh.
 arrow BUET vacation begins today
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will go on a 15-day summer vacation today.
Nationalarrow Pirates rule Meghna estuary
After the surrender of notorious ring leader Joynal Speaker last year, another gang of pirates has emerged which has kept several thousand fishermen virtually hostage in the Meghna estuary now.
 arrow 'Beef can be a forex earner'
Many in Badhpara village have started cow fattening, seeing Azad's surprising success. This was beyond their imagination just two years back.
 arrow Relief in Sylhet, Sunamganj inadequate, says Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman and former president HM Ershad has urged the government to give adequate relied including house building loan to flood victims in Sylhet and Sunamganj.
 arrow Disaster looms on aquaculture industry
Cultured fishes are facing growth retardation, rise in mortality, poor reproductive performance and loss of immunity due to inbreeding in fish seeds.
 arrow Police yet to nab killers
Police could not arrest the killers of the sensational twin murder (mother and daughter) case even after over 36 hours of the incident at Sreeula village in Aassassuni upazila on Tuesday night.
 arrow 8-yr old girl strangled
A student of class three was strangled to death by her mother's lover in the village of Jugirkanda under Uzirpur upazila yesterday.
 arrow Youths abducted by Bangla Bhai men remain missing
No trace of the two youths of Belgharia village in Raninagar upazila of Naogaon was found till yesterday since Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) cadres abducted them on Monday.
 arrow OC accused of harbouring outlaws
Fifty year-old Zarina Begum has sought security of her life following alleged death threat by Fakirhat Sadar Union Parishad Chairman Zahid Hasan.
 arrow Unknown disease claims 2 in Comilla
Two children of a family died within 24 hours after they were attacked with an unknown disease in Barura upazila.

Symptoms of the disease are high fever, black vomiting and congestion in the lungs.

Point-Counterpointarrow War on Terror at crossroad
Donald Rumsfeld was justifiably exasperated. His now famous memo issued to his top aides last October underlined the lack of metrics to know whether the US was winning or losing the war on terror.
Culturearrow Kamol Das Gupta
On our way back from a memorable performance of Nazrul songs with the legendary singer Feroza Begum in Pittsburgh, USA, 1990, I felt a lull in the conversation.
 arrow Ingmar Bergman retrospective
Zahir Raihan Film Society, in association with the Alliance Francaise of Dhaka, will screen 20 famous films made by the world renowned Swedish exponent of cinematic art Ingmar Bergman, in celebrationof
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
A glimpse of the colourful Dhakaiya Culture
On July 16, at the Experi-mental Theatre Stage, Theatre Art Unit staged Golapjan, the most colourful playof

 arrow Mancha Prabesh of Prithula Prosun at Canada
Prithula Prosun is a renowned face in the Bangladeshi-Canadian cultural arena and she is one of the promising performers in the Odissi tradition in Toronto.
Internationalarrow Grief, anger grip Kumbakonam
Indian police said yesterday they had charged five people with negligence over the deaths of 88 children in a fire that engulfed a primary school in southern Tamil Nadu state.
 arrow 8 states to get $50m to fight trafficking: Bush
US President George W. Bush announced Friday that 50 million dollars would be given to eight countries to help them fight human trafficking.
 arrow Disease fear looms in S Asian flood zones
Authorities warned yesterday of an outbreak of diseases as surging floodwaters continued to ravage vast swathes of South Asia, killing hundreds and leaving millions stranded and hungry.
 arrow Palestinians ask UNGA to press Israel on barrier
The Palestinians Friday asked the United Nations to press Israel to accept a world court ruling and tear down part of its West Bank security barrier, vowing to seek sanctions if it does not comply.
 arrow 'Filipino hostage's safety more important than foreign policy'
The Filipino hostage in Iraq has come to represent all Filipinos working overseas, and his safety justifies Manila's decision to pull its troops from Iraq despite commitments to foreign allies, the presidential
 arrow Bush, Blair face different political fallout
US President George W.
 arrow al-Qaeda recruiting non-Arabs, says FBI
The FBI is cautioning local authorities the al-Qaeda terror network may be recruiting non-Arabs less likely to attract notice as they carry out attacks in the United States.
 arrow 'al-Qaeda threatens bloodbath if Italy keeps Berlusconi as PM'
A statement posted yesterday on an Islamist website purported to be from the al-Qaeda terror network demanded that Italy withdraw its troops from Iraq, threatening otherwise a series of car bomb attacks.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Murder witness dies in custody
When a healthy 30-year-old man is taken into custody and dies shortly thereafter, with bruises found on his body and bandages on his legs, what conclusion can one draw other than that his death was aresult
 arrow Editorial: Dhunat tragedy
The Dhunat embankment breach, believed to be a monstrous act of sabotage, has left 5.5 lakh people marooned in two districts. The death toll could rise as at least 60 people are reported missing.
 arrow Bad politics is the bane of this country
Our woes as a nation lie not in being over-populated as many would suggest, nor in being a small country shorn of resources and hemmed in by a big neighbour like India, as many anti-Indian lobbyists would
 arrow Poor don't eat guns!
WHEN Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, he wrote to then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi to propose a cut in the defence expenditure.
Letters to Editorarrow Tune the feedback
Feedback systems work quietly in the background in natural phenomenon.
 arrow Political migration patterns
Political patterns change every decade to a marked extent, and during these new millennium years, it appears to be changing at a faster rate.
Star Healtharrow When will you need a knee replacement surgery?
If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs.
Star Cityarrow Marvel at the majestic mall
The granite exterior with mirror-polished floors may make you oblivious of the fact that you are in Dhaka.
 arrow Staying dangerously with dengue patients
Hundreds of patients at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) fear dengue infection as they are staying in the same wards with dengue patients who are not using mosquito nets.
 arrow Broken Minaret, Breached Pillars

 arrow Where monsoon rains bring miseries
Waterlogging triggered by monsoon rains in much of Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment area has caused much difficulty to five lakh people for the last 20 years because of the inability to pump rainwater
 arrow Karwan Bazar underpass waterlogged, stinky
Waterlogging in the Karwan Bazar underpass has become an apparent breeding ground for aedes mosquitoes responsible for dengue, while the Dhaka mayor appears on television almost 'everyday' calling citizens
 arrow Floods blamed for another round of price like
Floods and inclement weather have pushed up prices of essentials in the city.