Volume 5 Number 68 Mon. August 02, 2004  Second Edition  
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Front Pagearrow AL sweeps peaceful Gazipur by-polls
Main opposition Awami League (AL) candidate Zahid Ahsan Russell swept Gazipur-2 parliamentary by-elections yesterday, defeating ruling BNP-led four-party alliance candidate MA Mannan by a huge difference
 arrow Floods ease, not hunger
Hunger was writ large on the faces of displaced flood victims now waiting to go back home after monsoon flooding that deluged two-thirds of Bangladesh eased a little more yesterday.
 arrow Tk 271cr subsidy on imported fertilisers okayed
The government in a major policy decision yesterday approved a Tk 271-crore agricultural subsidy to make three types of imported fertiliser available to the flood affected farmers at 25-percent reduced
 arrow PM for permanent anti-flood steps
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the ministries concerned to prepare for executing permanent measures to tackle floods once the current flooding is over.
 arrow No river linking without talks
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday India has agreed on regional co-operation in water sharing management, apparently a major shift in Delhi's policy to common rivers between the two countries.
 arrow Sri Lanka seize Asia Cup
Sri Lanka lifted the Asia Cup here yesterday with a 25-run victory that showed once again how badly Sourav Ganguly's India choke when confronted with the pressure of one-day tournament finals.
 arrow Votes of protest
Every ballot Awami League candidate Jahid Ahsan Russell got in Gazipur-2 by-polls is a protest against the gruesome assassination of his father Ahsanullah Master, the family said.
 arrow Minority intimidated
Amulla Chandra Mandal, 50, and his wife Maya Rani Mandal, 40, refrained from exercising their franchise in the Gazipur-2 by-election yesterday after local BNP activists had raided and ransacked theirhouse
 arrow World trade deal gets thumbs up
Rich and poor nations struck a crucial deal yesterday to relaunch global trade talks and slash billions of dollars in farm subsidies, open industrial markets and boost global growth.
 arrow Observers term polls peaceful
Different observers to the Gazipur-2 by-election yesterday said the election was held peacefully except some stray incidents of irregularities.
 arrow al-Qaeda targets IMF, World Bank, NYSE
The United States raised the security alert level to high for financial institutions in Washington on Sunday after new intelligence suggested a possible threat.
 arrow Coordinated blasts hit Iraqi churches
A series of coordinated bombings targeted churches in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul during evening services yesterday, wounding at least 20 people in the first attacks on Christian places ofworship
 arrow Seven hostages in Iraq freed
Seven hostages, including three Kenyans, have been released after being held in Iraq for 11 days, Kenyan Foreign Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere said yesterday.
 arrow Abducted college students rescued after 5 days
Police on Saturday rescued three college students into five days of their abduction from the town and arrested four people in this connection.
 arrow BoI accuses AmCham, Ficci of tarnishing country's image
The Board of Investment (BoI) yesterday accused two top foreign businessmen's chambers of tarnishing Bangladesh's image by making comments on its investment climate that the board said were 'nothing but
 arrow 20 bus counters burnt to ashes
Supporters of the indefinite transport strike against illegal toll in the district yesterday set fire to 20 establishments and counters of different bus services to protest the death of a Bangladesh Chhatra
 arrow 2 night guards murdered
Unknown assailants yesterday strangled and beat up two night guards of Harbang Bazar to death and wounded three others in Chakaria.
 arrow HC asks why case should not proceed
The High Court yesterday issued rule asking the respondents to explain why trial of special criminal case against Mustafa Kamal, police super of Sylhet and others, pending at Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions
 arrow 30 policemen face punitive action
A police sergeant has been suspended and 29 traffic policemen have been closed to the police lines for their alleged neglect of duty.
 arrow Border meet with India today
A four-day high-level border conference between Bangladesh and India begins at the BDR sector headquarters in Comilla today to settle frontier issues.
 arrow UN team in city to assess flood damage
A six-member high-powered team of experts of the United Nations arrived here Saturday to assess the damage caused by the current floods and prepare an appeal for aid to the world community for post-flood
 arrow Clash between BDR, smugglers leave 2 dead
Two men died and 20 were injured yesterday in a clash between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and alleged smugglers at Narendrapur, a bordering village in sadar upazila.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 1.76 lakh
Robbers on Saturday night looted reportedly Tk 1.76 lakh in cash from the SA Paribahan's Nasirabad office.
 arrow Trapped in a pothole...

 arrow Gunmen kill 5 Pak soldiers
Gunmen have attacked a government vehicle near a small town in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, killing at least six people, including five soldiers, and wounding two, police say.
 arrow Women slam Vatican's feminism view
Women have reacted with anger and amusement to a Vatican document on feminism, with some saying the Catholic Church is run by men who live in a time warp and want to keep women in their place.
Businessarrow EXIM Bank rides on new IPO rules
Belying fears of uncertainty due to severe flooding, the initial public offering (IPO) of Export Import (EXIM) Bank has received the highest number of applications in the history of Bangladesh's capital
 arrow Social barriers discourage women entrepreneurs
It is social barrier, not the religious one, which discourages women from getting involved in business activities, speakers observed at the inaugural session of a workshop on women entrepreneurship in
 arrow Business promotion council for herbal medicine sector on cards
In a bid to give a boost to export of herbal medicines and plants, the government is going to set up a business promotion council exclusively for the sector.
 arrow NBR launches service desks
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has introduced service desks in its offices to help businesspeople resolve their problems in paying value-added tax (Vat) under stricter new measures.
 arrow Turnaround time of vessels reduces at Ctg Port
The turnaround time of vessels at Chittagong Port has come down remarkably and implementation of certain measures is expected to reduce the time further.
 arrow Soaring oil to have lasting impact on world economy
The oil price spike, which shot last week to the historic heights of October 1990, is a structural phenomenon set to have a long-lasting impact on the world economy, analysts say.
 arrow China to help develop tourism in Bangladesh
The visiting vice governor of China's Yunan Province, Sao Kui, has promised all-out help to develop Bangladesh's tourism industry.
 arrow Europe lauds WTO deal; China complains
European economic giants Germany, Britain and France warmly welcomed a deal Sunday to salvage world trade talks but China complained developing countries were not satisfied and an environmental grouphit
Sportsarrow Cricket: India contain Lanka
Part-time spinners Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar revelled on a slow wicket to help India restrict hosts Sri Lanka to 228-9 from 50 overs in the Asia Cup final here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts in box seat
Marcus Trescothick became the first man in the 40 Tests played at Edgbaston to score hundreds in both innings as England set West Indies 479 to win the second Test here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle stands tall as Eng press on
West Indies opener Chris Gayle defied England's victory charge with an unbeaten 65 on the fourth day of the second Test at Edgbaston here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: MSC's test by Russel today
The first big match of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League takes place today when Mohammedan Sporting Club and emerging power Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra lock horns in the last game of the second
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Pakistan will host the next Asia Cup in 2006, an executive committee meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Blessing of Asia Cup
Hotels in the Sri Lankan capital dusted their "house full" signs for the first time in decades as thousands of fans arrived here to watch India play in Sunday's Asia Cup cricket final against the hosts,
 arrow Cricket: Historic Trescothick ton
England opener Marcus Trescothick became the first player in history to score hundreds in both innings of an Edgbaston Test when he made 107 in the second innings against West Indies here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Richards wants Lara's head
Former West Indies skipper Viv Richards said on Sunday that Brian Lara should step down as captain of the national side.
 arrow Serena's so serious
Serena Williams says she is now taking her game more seriously after flirting with a career in fashion and the idea of breaking into Hollywood.
 arrow Of those forgettable Games
Planning and staging an Olympics has never been an easy task and the chances are that Athens 2004 will have its share of problems before it all ends for another four years.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Roddick in dream final
Roger Federer and Andy Roddick stormed into a re-run of last month's Wimbledon title match Saturday, each blowing past opponents to set up a grudge-match final at the 2.5-million-dollar Masters Series.
 arrow Chess: Rajib, two others end on top
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib finished joint atop with two other players in the Dortmund Open international Chess Tournament in Germany.
 arrow Chess: Basu stays in lead
Sumon Basu of Kolkata Madiyagram high school maintained solo lead with 6.5 points after the 7th round games in the Class VI to X group of the Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament.
 arrow Cricket: SA's tour game ends in a draw
South Africa captain Graeme Smith warmed up for the first Test against Sri Lanka next week with 85 not out against a Board President's XI on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Zidane injury casts a shadow
France's Zinedine Zidane was injured as glamour Spanish club Real Madrid whipped J-league side Tokyo Verdy 4-0 to wind up their tour to Japan on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson was betrayed?
England's Football Association (FA) refused to comment on allegations in a Sunday newspaper that it betrayed national coach Sven Goran Eriksson.
 arrow Football: The decisive stroke of luck!
Japan goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi believes the champions' great escape against Jordan will serve as a launchpad for Asian Cup glory.
 arrow Football: Iran think positive
Iran coach Branko Ivankovic has revealed the secret of his team's astonishing Asian Cup turnaround -- the power of positive thinking.
 arrow Dreaming a golden finish
American Mia Hamm, the most prolific scorer in history for men or women, makes her football farewell at the Athens Olym-pics. She is hoping to conclude her legendary 17-year career with a golden goodbye.
 arrow Football: Glazer going for takever?
Billionaire American sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer and his family are plotting to take control of Manchester United, the world's wealthiest football club, the Sunday Times reported.
Metropolitanarrow 'Kunming Initiative' a milestone in Bangla-China ties
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said that the `Kunming Initiative' was a milestone in Bangladesh-China relation.
 arrow Execution of verdict demanded
The Awami Jubo League yesterday demanded immediate execution of the verdict in Bangabandhu Murder Case.
 arrow Female garment worker strangled
A female garment worker was allegedly strangled inside her shanty at Uttar Basabo in Sabujbagh in the city.
 arrow UN agencies get 10m pound from UK for flood victims
United Nations agencies that received a generous grant of 10 million pound from the United Kingdom are set to distribute relief supplies for flood victims soon.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers' strike postponed
Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers' Association yesterday postponed its on-going non-stop strike in view of the devastating floods.
 arrow Standard Chartered donates Tk10 lakh
Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh donated Tk10 lakh to Care Bangladesh for distribution of food and medicine amongst the flood victims, says a press release.
 arrow Burglary at six shops
A gang of burglars broke into and vandalised six shops at Panthapath in the city and took away Tk 60,000 in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Euro Standard School distributes Tk 2.20 lakh
European Standard School distributed Tk 2.20 lakh among the flood affected people of Badda in the city on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow Death anniversary of Justice Abu Sayeed today
Today is the 16th anniversary of death of former president Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Patuakhali town, 40 shoals flooded: Demonstration for protection of dam
Most areas of Patuakhali town and at least 40 shoals in Galachip and Dashmina coastal upazilas have been inundated due to pressure of floodwater from the upstream areas and high tide under the influence
 arrow Bewildered fish farmers in Barisal
Aziz Mia cultivated fish in 15 ponds in Ahailjhara this year, five owned by him and 10 leased from others at Tk 12 lakh.
 arrow Out of school to earn for families
Russel, Ruhul, Sumon, Kuddus, and Anwar, all aged between 11 and 15 of Khaserhat village in Patuakhali Sadar upazila, left school due to poverty.
 arrow NGOs realising loans in flood affected Barisal
Non-government organisations (NGOs) including some leading ones are realising micro credit loans in flood affected areas, at times with pressure, many recipients alleged.
 arrow Charge-sheeted accused evades arrest
A charge-sheeted accused of sensational Journalist Shamsur Rahman Murder Case escaped arrest on Friday.
 arrow Lucky ruling party men!
They are not flood affected but got relief, allegedly because they are ruling party supporters.
 arrow Boy rescued from Benapole
A minor boy was rescued from Benapole Land Port area in Jessore on Saturday.

The rescued boy is Nuruzza-man, 12, son of Samsuzzaman of Khagradana village in Shyamnagar upazila.

 arrow Panic of snakes at a Satkhira village
Panic of snake has gripped the people of Murarikati village in Kalaroa upazila and its adjoining areas.
 arrow Ex-army officer held on charge of 'harbouring criminals'
A former army officer was arrested on charge of his alleged involvement in crimes including murder on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Two Gods and one candidate
I'm John Kerry. And I'm reporting," he said with a smart salute and perhaps a click of the heels, "for duty." As opening lines go, this one had class even in the full stops.

The stage was set, literally.

 arrow The trial of radical lawyer Lynne Stewart
The trial of Lynne Stewart, a defence attorney that the Bush administration has charged with providing aid and material support to a terrorist group, began June 22 in New York City.
Culturearrow I miss the cultural environs of Dhaka--Mita Chowdhury
Homecoming is always memorable for actress Mita Chowdhury. This time it's even more of a landmark because this is the first reunion together with her two brothers in 26 years.
 arrow New album on songs of yesteryears
People are forgetting the musical artistes of our golden era. Along with their names, their melodious songs are also fading away.
 arrow Virudh: Highlighting the concern of the common person
Bollywood being the biggest churner of feature films after Hollywood, there is a muhurat for a new film every week. So goes the saying.
 arrow Capturing the monsoon magic
Nandan organises musical evenings every three months. The aim is to promote the low profile talented artistes from both the new and old generation.
 arrow Concert by ALO against drug abuse
ALO, an organisation for creating awareness against drug abuse, organised a concert recently to commemorate the 'International day for Drug Awareness and Illicit Trafficking', says a press release.
Generalarrow Saifur asks VCs not to appoint teachers on political considerations
Appointment of teachers on political considerations rather than on merit is dealing a heavy blow to higher education, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman told the university vice-chancellors
 arrow 'Construct dams to prevent artificial floods'
Bangladesh can prevent the artificial floods by constructing dams in greater Sylhet, Comilla and Feni districts, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Janamat editor receives threats
Nawab Uddin, visiting editor of Britain's first and popular Bangla weekly Janamat, has been receiving threats, reportedly from the cadres loyal to a ruling party MP, to leave the country.
 arrow Absconding accused arrested
Police arrested an absconding accused in a murder case and his accomplice following an encounter in the city yesterday.
 arrow Reception to Qazi Faruque
Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed has said coordination is needed between the government and non-government organisations to tackle the current devastating floods.
 arrow Gulshan Club distributes relief
Gulshan Club led by its President Chowdhury Monwar Ahmed Siddiqui and Chief Co-Ordinator Engr.
 arrow 18,000 bottles of foreign liquor seized
The members of the coast guard working in east and west zones have seized different smuggled goods including 18,000 bottles of foreign liquor worth Tk one crore during the last 15 days.
 arrow Justice Mahmud Husainís death anniversary today
Today is the 22 nd death anniversary of former Chief Justice Syed AB Mah-mud Husain, says a press release.
 arrow Puja committee
BSS adds, Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee and Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad yesterday jointly distributed relief among 3,000 flood-hit people at Abhoy Binodini High School shelter at Sabujbaghand
Internationalarrow West Bank on verge of unprecedented chaos
Palestinian leaders warned the West Bank was on the verge of unprecedented chaos, as thousands of demonstrators showed their support yesterday for militants who attacked the offices here of the security
 arrow Muslim troops would replace US-led forces in Iraq
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said yesterday that any Muslim troops dispatched to Iraq would be sent to replace US-led multinational forces and not to supplement them as proposed by Washington.
 arrow 'al-Qaeda threat can't deter Pak terror fight'
Pakistan vowed yesterday it would not be deterred by al-Qaeda threats of further attacks after the terror group claimed responsibility for an assassination attempt on prime minister-designate ShaukatAziz.
 arrow Tigers blame Lanka for war preparation
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have accused the government of gearing up for a fresh war following the failure of Norway's latest shuttle diplomacy to revive the island's moribund peace bid.
 arrow EU 'Big-3' fail to make progress in nuclear talks with Iran
Talks which Britain, France and Germany held with Iran last week on its nuclear programme produced "no substantial progress" in efforts to restrict the Islamic republic's activities, European diplomats
 arrow 'China to smash independence bid of Taiwan'
China's defence minister has warned that the country's army has the will and the strength to "smash" any attempt by Taiwan to become independent, state media reported yesterday.
 arrow British spy chief asked experts to harden Iraqi WMD report
The new head of Britain's foreign intelligence service MI6 tried to persuade weapons inspectors in Iraq to harden up a report on their search for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), a British newspaper
 arrow France ferries aid for Darfur refugees
France on Saturday flew a planeload of United Nations aid into eastern Chad where French soldiers prepared to deploy from their base in Abeche toward the border with Sudan's Darfur region.
 arrow 17 injured in Prague explosion
Seventeen people were injured by an explosion just off Prague's central Wenceslas Square yesterday, the city's emergency services said.
 arrow Poland marks start of Warsaw uprising
Leaders from the United States, Britain and their wartime foe Germany converged on Warsaw yesterday to mark the start sixty years ago of a doomed Polish uprising against the Nazis in which the city was
 arrow Indian troops kill 10 rebels in Kashmir
Indian troops shot dead 10 Kashmiri rebels, including a commander, in separate clashes across Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Khaleda-Manmohan talks
The meeting between Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the recently concluded BIMSTEC summit in Bangkok should set the tone for the future
 arrow Editorial: Action needed to avert catastrophe
We are extremely concerned at the alarming rate of people having been afflicted by diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases in the flooded districts.
 arrow Is Pakistan being sucked into Iraq's quicksand?
The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has recently appointed a Pakistani diplomat, Mr.
 arrow The human factor
The ongoing flood has wrought havoc across the country and nearly half of the country is now virtually under water.
 arrow Kerry steps up
With the acceptance of the nomination for President by John Kerry of the Democrat Party, the first stage of the Presidential elections, to be held in November 2004, has been completed.
 arrow Post-MFA: Lessons from China
It is now a growing concern of businessmen, policy makers, and researchers as to whether the success story of Bangladeshi ready made garments (RMG) industry will continue in the post-MFA regime.
Letters to Editorarrow Test status: A dead Albatross around our neck?
Our cricketers have just completed another tournament and we cannot blame them of one thing, consistency.
 arrow Poor flood management
Vast areas of our country are now submerged in flood water. The deluge of this year is similar to that of 1988 or '98 .
 arrow Darfur tragedy
Thank you for covering the Darfur tradegy in Sudan.
 arrow Not for adolescents
My father strongly forbade me in my teens from reading the books of "Masud Rana" or hearing songs of Michael Jackson, arguing that Masud Rana or Michael Jackson was not the thing for us.
 arrow And the dynasty is alive...
Everybody loves his own children. Nobody wants his child to fail.

That's why we see our parents getting worried during the exams as if they are also candidates.

 arrow Dengue spreads...
An English daily has headlined "Dengue spreads fast. . ." Similar reports are regularly published in The Daily Star, and many other newspapers.
 arrow History rewritten
This is in response to the letter of Mr. Abir Rahman CSE, DU (DS 30 July, 2004). All history cannot be written! I have many proofs in my hand.
 arrow Holding tax
You are well aware of the fact that the present Dhaka City Corpoartion administration has decided to increase the holding tax of the

houses with effect from this year.

 arrow Baffling
Isn't it baffling that the country is in a state of emergency, and the prime minister is off to a summit? It makes little sense to me that at a time like this she has chosen to take a delegation of
 arrow One seat wise...
I am not an ardent supporter of any of the political parties of Bangladesh. The cause need not be elaborated.
Star Cityarrow Troubled environment strikes back
The flood-prone capital runs the risk of edging towards an ecological disaster as most flood-flow zones and water bodies have been filled up over the years in a disturbing sign of reckless urban growth.
 arrow Oral saline, water purifying tablets pricey
Unscrupulous businessmen are cashing in on the woes of the flood victims by increasing prices of oral saline.

Oral saline that had been sold at Tk three is now being priced at Tk four to five.

 arrow Arts And Crafts Show

 arrow Eastern bypass project returns to limelight
Floodwaters deluged the eastern fringe of Dhaka, as no flood control dam was built on the eastern side, experts said.
 arrow Dilemma delays plan for fresh ban on rickshaws
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) is in a dilemma over its decision to free rickshaws from two major city roads due to diametrical pressure from the government and the World Bank (WB).