Volume 5 Number 81 Sun. August 15, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Govt raises spending, covers more farmers
The agriculture ministry yesterday raised the budget from Tk 130 crore to Tk 158 crore for free distribution of seeds and fertilisers among 26.
 arrow Nation mourns Bangabandhu's killing today
The nation today observes the 29th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder father of Bangladesh, amid a long drawn out uncertainty whether and when the trial of his killers
 arrow Doubtful campus for int'l probe
Daughters of the late Humayun Azad yesterday appealed to Dhaka University (DU) students to protest the 'planned killing' of the writer in Germany as the shocked university community demanded an international
 arrow 6 political leaders under secret watch
Police are keeping secret surveillance on three leaders of the ruling coalition and three of the main opposition in connection to the bomb blasts in two movie houses and the grenade attack near an Awami
 arrow AL enforces 6-hour hartal today
Main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a six-hour countrywide hartal today demanding restoration of August 15, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, as national mourning day.
 arrow Hutu rebels kill 180 Tutsis in Burundi
Dozens of attackers raided a UN refugee camp in western Burundi, shooting and hacking to death at least 180 people, witnesses and local officials said yesterday.
 arrow China, Japan in medal haul
China's shooters and the judokas of Japan won the first four gold medals of the Athens Olympics yesterday as American swimming phenomenon Michael Phelps collected the first of at least seven golds heis
 arrow Najaf truce talks take a tumble
Peace talks between the Iraqi government and a Shia Muslim militia broke down Saturday, hours after US troops said 50 insurgents were killed when war planes pounded the Sunni Muslim bastion of Samarra.
 arrow Railway assesses flood loss at Tk 135cr
Bangladesh Railway (BR) has incurred a loss of Tk 135.47 crore for damage to infrastructures in the sector in the devastating flood and massive repairs will require foreign aid.
 arrow Plot to sabotage independence day party thwarted
Pakistan yesterday vowed to wipe out terrorism as a ruling party politician said security agencies had thwarted a plot to sabotage Independence Day celebrations and attack two cabinet ministers.
 arrow Biman identifies 17 areas to work on
The Civil Aviation Authority yesterday identified 17 sectors in Biman domain for taking strict measures to increase incomes and cut down expenses.
 arrow Bomb hoax at Manabzamin causes panic
The Daily Manabzamin office yesterday came under bomb threat that panicked newspersons and other staff leading to a hectic search.
 arrow Bangladeshis from Belgium allege Biman officials' graft
A Bangladeshi expatriate in Belgium yesterday in a press conference in Dhaka brought allegations of corruption against the Bangladesh Biman staff in Brussels and demanded stern action.
 arrow Hasina slates Khaleda for celebrating 'fake' birthday
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday in a renewed call asked the people to unite in opposition to the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition leaving aside confusion and divide.
 arrow Forex reserve crosses $3.2b
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has directed all concerned to properly implement the post-flood rehabilitation programme.
 arrow 4 killed in boat capsize
Four people including three of a family were killed and four more went missing in a motor boat capsize in the Piayeen river in Companyganj upazila Friday.
 arrow Floating on toxic...

 arrow Environment ministry restarts projects
The Ministry of Environment and Forest has decided to start immediate implementation of various projects under it to create job opportunity for the flood-hit people as part of post-flood rehabilitation
 arrow Khulna editor sent to jail
A court yesterday sent the editor of the Dainik Prabartan, a newspaper published from Khulna city, to jail.
 arrow UP chairman bullet-hit in attack
A union parishad (UP) chairman, who had recently been expelled from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was critically injured in an attack believed to be a sequel to party feud, in Satkania upazila
 arrow One hurt in Khulna bomb blast
One person was critically injured in a powerful bomb explosion here yesterday evening behind the residence of slain city Awami League president Manjurul Imam.
 arrow 6 names proposed for anti-corruption commission
The search body for the anti-corruption commission has short-listed six persons to select the commissioners from.
 arrow 20 killed in Afghan factional clash
More than 20 people were killed in fighting between rival warlords in western Afghanistan yesterday, highlighting the fragile security situation weeks ahead of landmark presidential elections.
Businessarrow Flood-hit factories to get interest-free loans
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) will provide interest-free loans to its flood-hit industrial units as part of a post-flood rehabilitation programme.
 arrow Dhaka to host Asia Pharma Expo 2005
Bangladesh will host 'Asia Pharma Expo' next year in a bid to increase foreign exchange earning from the growing pharmaceuticals sector.
 arrow Shrimp export earnings may quadruple by 2008
Frozen foods exporters have taken an initiative targeting to earn Tk 10,000 crore annually by the year 2008 through increasing shrimp production, optimum utilisation of the processing capacity and exploring
 arrow Lack of sound settlement system to hinder govt bond trading in secondary market
Lack of an appropriate settlement system to comply with a tax provision has been a major roadblock to putting government bonds on the secondary market.
 arrow Car prices down 9pc in 5 yrs
The cost of buying a new car has fallen 9 percent during the past five years, according to a new survey.
 arrow Fareast Islami Life Ins okays 30pc dividend
Fareast Islami Life Insurance Company Limited has declared 30 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Int'l seminar on Islamic financial management in Dec in Dhaka
A three-day international seminar on financial management from an Islamic perspective will begin in Dhaka on December 21 this year.
 arrow Pubali Bank to launch ATM service
Pubali Banl Limited is going to introduce ATM (automated teller machine) service and credit cards soon.
 arrow Investors see new hope for Yukos
Yukos closing share Investors breathed a sigh of relief Friday after a Western bank was asked to mediate the Yukos oil saga in a sign many here saw as a Kremlin decision not to renationalize Russia'soil.
 arrow HP shares tumble on profit news
Shares in Hewlett-Packard have fallen sharply after the computer manufacturer revealed third-quarter profits well short of market expectations.
 arrow Bush threatens possible WTO case against Airbus
US President George W. Bush warned Friday that the United States may bring WTO action in September against Airbus Industrie, citing "unfair" government subsidies to the European aircraft maker.
 arrow Google IPO auction off to rocky start
The auction for Google Inc.'s highly anticipated initial public offering got off to a rocky start on Friday after the Web search company sidestepped a bullet from U.S. securities regulators.
 arrow World oil prices cross $46
Crude oil prices soared to record highs Friday as hot world demand strained producers, sharpening an array of threats from a possible strike in Venezuela to Iraqi pipeline sabotage.
 arrow India, Japan agree to infuse new life into flagging trade ties
India and Japan agreed Friday to set up a joint study group to suggest ways to lift bilateral trade beyond the current four billion dollars a year, an official said.
Sportsarrow Du shoots first gold
China's Du Li won the first gold medal of the Athens Olympics on Saturday with a final-shot victory in the wo-men's 10-metre air rifle.
 arrow Winning not everything
Baron Pierre de Coubertin's dictum that 'it is not the winning but the taking part' may seem idealistic for the modern Olym-pics but for several athletics medal contenders here at the Athens Games life
 arrow Football: Spurs spoil Cisse's day
Flamboyant Frenchman Djibril Cisse scored on his English Pre-miership debut for Liverpool, but Jermain Defoe rescued a point for Tottenham in a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Best WI day so far
West Indies enjoyed their best day of the series so far as they reduced England to 86 for three at tea on the third day of the third Test at Old Trafford here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain gives SA hope
Rain gave South Africa a glimmer of hope as they looked to escape with a draw in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here on Saturday.
Lone British boxer, lightweight Amir Khan, could be the surprise medal contender at the Games, says coach Terry Edwards.
 arrow Phelps, Thorpedo roll
Michael Phelps made a great start to his bid for a record eight Olympic gold medals when he qualified fastest for Saturday's 400 metres individual medley final.
 arrow LATEST
Japanese defending champion Tadahiro Nomura won the Olympic judo gold medal in the 60kg category here Saturday, defeating Georgia's Nestor Khergiani in the final.
 arrow Football: Dial 11 for Owen
England striker Michael Owen was handed the number 11 shirt for his new club by none other than Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano after being officially unveiled to the press at the Santiago Bernabeu
 arrow Football: Battle at the Bridge
It is an indication of the depth of the injury crisis at Manchester United that Alex Ferguson admits Sunday's Premiership trip to Chelsea is an encounter he would rather have put off until later in the
 arrow Cricket: Razzak off to England
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who has been ignored for the ICC Champions Trophy because of a suspect bowling action, left for England yesterday to work with an English biomechanic expert.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul injured
Bangladesh Under-19 cricket captain Enamul Haq injured himself during the last day's play of the second Test against England Under-19s at Taunton, Somerset on Friday.
 arrow Fine better than facing Israel!
Iran's Olympic team chief said world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili should receive a 115,000 dollar (61,000 pounds) reward for refusing to compete against Israel in his first-round match at the Athens
 arrow Mum's the word for Raema
Mummy's girl Raema Lisa Rum-bewas of Indonesia, who ran away from training camp because she was homesick, will have maternal support when she goes for Olympic weightlifting gold on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow More bodies condole Azad's death
More organisations and individuals yesterday condoled the death of eminent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow Stagnant floodwaters posing health hazards: B Chy
Stagnant floodwaters in the city are posing a threat to public health but the government is yet to take proper measures to drain the mucky and stinking water out, said Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh(BDB)president
 arrow Int'l probe into death of Azad demanded
Students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday demanded an international probe into the death of writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow Art exhibition in aid of flood victims begins
A weeklong art exhibition began in the city yesterday in aid of the flood victims.
 arrow 4 held on charge of raping woman
Police yesterday arrested four people on charge of raping a woman at Sarang Bari slum in Mirpur.

Police produced the four before the court under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.

 arrow Salam Mamun sworn in as addl HC judge
Abdus Salam Mamun, whose services as additional judge of the High Court were extended by six months, was sworn in yesterday.
Nationalarrow Aman likely to face setback in flood-hit dists
Attainment of Aman cultivation target in flood affected districts in the current season is uncertain due to scarcity and high price of seeds and seedlings.
 arrow Manikganj youths rise against drug abuse
Amid rising drug use, some groups of youngsters in Manikganj have raised a hope against the social scourge.
 arrow Train service to N dists resumes early Sept
The Railway will resume goods wagon movement from Trimohoni to Balashi ferry ghat in the Brahmaputra river from today after 35 days.
 arrow CU BCL split over Aug 15 programmes
The two factions of Chittagong University (CU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) led by its president and general secretary are holding separate programmes in observance of the death anniversary
 arrow Five of a bridal party bullet-hit by dacoits
At least five persons were bullet-hit when dacoits attacked a bridal party on board a boat in Bhitormala Beel (lake) in Haraspur union in the Sadar upazila Friday night.
 arrow Tk 50,000 fish looted by pirates
Fish worth Tk 50,000 was looted by pirates of notorious Shiraj Bahini from nine fishing boats in the Tatulia river on Friday.

They also looted fuel from the boats, local fishermen said.

 arrow Bomb found at school
A powerful bomb was recovered from a primary school at Bheramara hereon Thursday.

After the incident, panic-stricken guardians stopped sending their children to school.

Culturearrow Setting new standards
The reason why Mohammed Hossain Jaimy holds a distinct position despite being a 'main-stream' filmmaker is not just because he is the only director having an education on the medium from Hollywood.
 arrow When fancy is laced with realism
The French video art that one had viewed of late at the Alliance Francaise, was mind boggling. In comparison, the German video art, seen more recently at the Goethe Institut, was even more mind blowing.
 arrow Liaquat Ali Lucky: New laurels for the theatre activist
Liaquat Ali Lucky, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation has won plaudits.
 arrow Fusion: Promising singers come together to raise funds
Fusion, a new organisation of enthusiastic youths committed to promote good music, organised a concert at the Kachikachar Mela auditorium on Friday last. The aim was to raise funds for the flood victims.
Internationalarrow Hurricane leaves trail of devastation in Florida
"Right now, it's mass damage," said Kimberly Casale, a city administrator in the town of Arcadia, one of the hardest-hit areas.
 arrow US to pull 70,000 troops out of Europe, Asia
The United States plans to withdraw about 70,000 US troops from Europe and Asia in a major restructuring of military forces prompted by the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the war on terrorism,
 arrow 'India won't sign NPT in its current form'
India has conveyed to Japan that it would not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in its current unfair and discriminatory form.
 arrow Male calm under curfew
Maldives' capital was calm yesterday, a day after the government declared a state of emergency, arresting about 100 pro-democracy activists and using tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who rallied
 arrow UN staff back in Baghdad
The United Nations has returned international staff to Iraq, nearly a year after a bomb attack on their Baghdad headquarters killed 22 people.
 arrow India on red alert for Independence Day
India sounded its highest security alert yesterday and deployed tens of thousands of police and troops, especially in flashpoint areas such as Kashmir, on the eve of Independence day celebrations, officials
 arrow 4 detainees confirmed 'enemy combatants'
A military review of the cases against four terror suspects held at the US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has concluded they are classified properly as enemy combatants and will not be freed, theofficial
 arrow Kidnapped UK journalist released
The British journalist kidnapped from a hotel in Basra has been handed over to UK officials in southern Iraq, following his release.
 arrow 4 more al-Qaeda suspects caught in Pakistan
Authorities in Pakistan have arrested another four suspects in their ongoing hunt against al-Qaeda linked militants, officials said yesterday.
 arrow India carries out first execution in a decade
A man convicted of raping and killing a schoolgirl was executed here early yesterday, becoming the first person hanged for their crimes in India in nearly a decade.
 arrow Police find 83 corpses at black magic shrine in Nigeria
Nigerian police have so far recovered a total of 83 corpses from an "evil forest" following raids on black magic shrines in the south of the country, the force said Friday as it released an interim report.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Remembering Bangabandhu
Another August 15th is upon us, and still those who murdered Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have not been brought to justice.
 arrow Editorial: Humayun Azad no more
The news of Prof.
 arrow The leader and the man
The fifteenth day of August is a sad day.
 arrow Delayed, for how long?
To establish the rule of law and progressive and impartial society and to ensure constitutional responsibility, the Bangabandhu murder case, which is in final stage, should have been disposed of within
 arrow People spontaneously accepted him
The Daily Star (DS): Putting the controversy over declaration of independence in context, why Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujiburs Rahman's name has always been at the centre of controversy in our politics?


Bangabandhu's death anniversary special arrow As I look back
In 1968, I completed my usual probationary period and was posted to Gopalganj as Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) in August.
 arrow Status of Bangabandhu Murder Case
The Daily Star (DS): Let's start with your own connection to the case:

Anisul Huq (AH): My father, the late Serajul Huq and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were childhood friends.

 arrow Why this controversy?
By now we have known from eminent columnist Sardar Sirajul Islam in his mini serial in a vernacular daily that after being informed of Yahya Khan's departure from 'Dhaka on March 25, 1971, Bangabandhu
 arrow Bangabandhu in the eyes of an enemy
There is no dearth of people, including politicians and so-called literateurs, to impugn the character of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and deny his contribution in the liberation struggle of Bangladesh.
Star Healtharrow Labaid Cardiac Hospital - The first state-of-the art cardiac hospital
The first state-of-the art cardiac care Tk 100 crore hospital awaits its formal launching soon but already in operation the Ladaid Cardiac Hospital located in the heart of the city in Dhanmandi has already
 arrow Facts on dengue
Dengue Fever is an illness caused by infection with one of four serotypes of a virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus.
 arrow Ultrasound test helps predict menopause
Looking at a woman's ovaries with ultrasound may help doctors determine when their reproductive years will come to an end, new research suggests.
 arrow Eating fish protects against stroke
More evidence that fish consumption reduces the chances of having a stroke comes from an analysis of results from several large studies.
Star Cityarrow Most banks still say no to foil notes
Following the countrywide flood, the number of people coming to banks to change foil notes for new ones has increased. But not all of them are having pleasant experiences.
 arrow Spare a thought for spare parts
Arif-ur Rahman inherited nothing but a small tin shed workshop when his father died 22 years ago.
 arrow Life logged in filthy floodwaters
As floodwaters recede rather slowly because of poor drainage system, Kamrangirchar people are continuing to live in untold misery.
 arrow Buzzing Bees

 arrow Extortionists menace Mirpur businessmen
Businesses, institutions and hawkers operating on the Mirpur Road are constantly tormented by extortionists.
 arrow Modernisation stalls as ministry rejects plan
The modernisation project of Mahanagar General Hospital (MGH) has stalled as the local government and rural development (LGRD) ministry refused to accept the proposal for funding the project.
 arrow Traffic signals may not blip before December
The operation of traffic signal lights at 59 locations in the city is likely to miss another deadline agreed earlier by Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and the World