Volume 5 Number 88 Sun. August 22, 2004   Second Edition 
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Front Pagearrow Assassination attempt on Hasina
AL chief escapes unscathed; her personal security staff dies, Razzak, Amu, Suranjit, Ivy and Zafarullah critically wounded
A wave of grenade attacks on opposition chief Sheikh Hasina's rallyon

 arrow Horror descends on trauma wards
Thousands of distraught relatives and party activists thronged the city hospitals to see if their near and dear ones are among the dead and injured.
 arrow Ivy's legs amputated
Ivy Rahman, women affairs secretary of the Awami League (AL), lost her both legs in yesterday's grenade attacks on a party rally.
 arrow City heart goes up in flames
It was a scene of tears, protests, chaos and confusion. Some were crying standing by the injured, some torched vehicles in protest and some tried to pick their way out of the clouds of smoke and dust.
 arrow List of the victims
At least 16 people were killed until filing of this report at 1:30am today.
 arrow Hasina blames govt, asks it to quit
Leader of the Opposition Shiekh Hasina blamed the BNP-led coalition government for yesterday's bomb and gun-attacks that she had narrowly escaped and demanded its immediate resignation.
 arrow Protest hartals on Aug 24, 25
Demanding immediate resignation of the ruling coalition, the mainstream opposition political parties yesterday called dawn-to-dusk hartals on August 24 and 25 to protest the grenade attack on the Awami
 arrow When all hell broke loose
"All hell broke loose there, they made it look like doomsday," recalls Motaher Hossain, general secretary of the Krishak League, who was standing barely a yard from the dais raised on a truck when indiscriminate
 arrow Staring death in the face
There may come a moment when you find yourself not far away from death and The Daily Star photojournalist Anisur Rahman just found himself standing in the middle of a carnage that took place at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Lensmen's request saves Hasina's life
A simple request by photojournalists may have saved Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina from a terrible death when a series of grenade were thrown at her from nearby rooftops yesterday, an eyewitness
 arrow 'Military, rebels use this type of grenades'
The grenades hurled at the Awami League (AL) rally yesterday are usually used by the military, but insurgents also carry those, said an officer of the Rapid Action Battalion-2 (Rab).
 arrow President, PM, speakers shocked
President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, Deputy Speaker Abdul Hamid Siddiqui and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan last night expressed deep shock at the
 arrow Repeated attempts on life stalk Hasina
Attacks on the Awami League (AL) leadership including its President Sheikh Hasina at different public rallies across the country have increased recently as the party stands firm against religious radicals.
 arrow Shock wave runs thru' nation's spine
The bomb blasts killing at least 16 and injuring hundreds in front of the Awami League's Bangabandhu Avenue office yesterday sent shock waves throughout the country generating instant, widespread outpours
 arrow Manmohan calls Hasina, expresses concern
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday expressed grave concern over the attack on the Opposition Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, who narrowly escaped a series of grenade attacks and gunfires
 arrow Ministers wait out the rage in Press Club
Two influential ministers were stuck in Jatiya Press Club for about an hour yesterday evening, as angry mobs went on rampage in the adjacent areas after a series of bomb blasts ripped through an Awami
 arrow Verdict on jail killing Sept 7
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed September 7 for the delivery of judgement in the sensational jail killing case.
 arrow Editors worried at threat to Prothom Alo
Editors of the country's leading dailies and weeklies yesterday expressed grave concern and condemned the destructive activities by religious fanatics against the Prothom Alo.
 arrow US pulls Dhaka one notch up on list
The United States has moved back Bangladesh one notch up in its human trafficking watch list from 'Tier 3' to 'Tier 2' after a reassessment by the US State Department found Dhaka's efforts in combating
 arrow Titas officials work under police guard
Top officials, including the managing director (MD) of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, worked under police protection as the ruling BNP-backed trade union threatened themafter
 arrow Judiciary cannot be separated just on SC order: Moudud
The judiciary cannot be separated from the executive just at the directive of the Supreme Court and both wings need to work in a coordinated way to reach the goal, law, justice and parliamentary affairs
 arrow Fanatics in Ctg demand ban on Prothom Alo publication
The Kowmi Madrasa Hefazat (protection) Committee (KMHC), a newly formed platform of students and teachers of unregistered madrasas, and the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) yesterday demanded a ban on the publication
 arrow Farm loan to be raised to Tk 600cr, if needed: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday rejected the allegation recently made by the opposition leader in parliament of misappropriation of relief funds.
 arrow Opposition to demand talks on deluge
The opposition will demand holding general discussion on the deluge and post-flood rehabilitation programmes when the Jatiya Sangsad goes into its 13th session on September 12 at 5:00pm.
 arrow Rajshahi traders enforce 8-hr hartal today
Rajshahi Traders' Allied Council (RTAC) will enforce an eight-hour strike in the city today demanding withdrawal of Vat on businessmen and an announcement by the government regarding gas supply to the
 arrow Road accident kills seven in Tangail
Seven people, including two women, were killed and 30 injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck near the square point on the eastern side of Jamuna Bridge early yesterday.
Businessarrow Farm loan target up 25pc to recoup flood losses
Nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), specialised banks and state-run non-bank financial institutions have increased agriculture loan disbursement target for current fiscal year by 25 percent to about
 arrow Bangladesh may not renew oil deal with India
State-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corp (BPC) said on Saturday it may not renew its term contract with India to import 30,000 tonne of diesel a month when the deal expires in December.
 arrow SAFE eyes expansion
The leaders of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) have agreed to work to expand the forum by inviting bourses of other countries in the region and even incorporating members from outside South
 arrow Professional auditing in SMEs can bring in transparency
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can bring in transparency in their financial transactions through professional auditing, speakers at a seminar observed yesterday.
 arrow India slashes import duty on steel to contain inflation
Indian government has announced import duty cut on steel to face the challenge of rising inflation rate which surged to a three and a half-year high of nearly eight percent.
 arrow US has no plans to tap strategic oil reserve: White House
The United States has no plans to tap into its strategic oil reserve or to stop filling it in order to ease oil prices, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Friday.
 arrow Team of women entrepreneurs in Delhi to attend SWEC meet
A six-member delegation from Bangladesh is attending the 32nd Saarc Women Entrepreneurs Council (SWEC) meeting in New Delhi.
 arrow WB chief economist predicts oil price to fall to $30
The chief economist of the World Bank predicted in an interview published Saturday that oil prices would return in a matter of months to a stable level around 30 dollars a barrel after hitting recordhighs
 arrow New MD of Bangladesh Commerce Bank
Md Enayet Ullah, executive vice-president of Bangladesh Commerce Bank Limited, took over as managing director (additional charge) of the bank on Tuesday.
 arrow BA strike called off
British Airways workers called off a planned strike early Saturday after unions accepted a pay raise offer, thereby averting travel chaos during Britain's last long summer weekend.
 arrow Oil unlikely to knock Federal Reserve plan to raise rates
The US economy may lose a step to record high oil prices but concerns over inflation are likely to keep the Federal Reserve on a steady course of gradually raising interest rates, analysts say.
 arrow Indian truckers launch strike to protest planned service tax
Union's claim of heavy participation, newspaper India's largest truckers' union began a nationwide strike Saturday, disrupting shipment of goods, to protest a government plan for a service tax on transport
 arrow Incoming EU trade chief wants all sides to win in WTO talks
Incoming EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said Friday he wants all sides, rich and poor, to be winners in world trade negotiations which were put back on track earlier this month.
Sportsarrow Anybody's gold
No Marion Jo-nes, the Sydney Olympics 100 metres champion.

No Kelli White, the world champion in Paris last year.

 arrow Giants disappoint
A last minute goal by Brothers Union's substitute striker Alfaz Ahmed was ruled off-side as the second phase of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League ended amid controversy and violence in Chittagong
 arrow Bekele writes new chapter
Ethiopia's Kene-nisa Bekele sealed his reputation as both the present and future of long-distance running when he won the Olym-pic men's 10,000 metres on Friday, leaving his mentor Haile Gebrsela-ssie
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq, Moin power Pakistan
An unbroken stand of 56 between Abdul Razzaq and Moin Khan took Pakistan to 192 for six in their Videocon Cup triangular series opener against India at the VRA Ground here Saturday.
Thousands of free condoms have been snapped up by athletes and officials staying in the Olympic Village, Greece's best-selling daily Ta Nea reported Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: England near whitewash
England were closing in on victory and a series whitewash at tea on the third day of the fourth and final Test against the West Indies here at The Oval on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka scrape through
Chaminda Vaas produced timely efforts with both bat and ball as Sri Lanka scored a three-wicket win over South Africa in the first one-day international at the Premdasa Stadium here on Friday.
 arrow Greene gets going
Maurice Greene's bid to retain the Olympic 100 metres crown got off to a solid start when he clocked 10.18 seconds to win his first-round heat on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Woodgate presented
Jonathan Woodgate has become the second England player to sign for Real Madrid in the space of a week after he was unveiled by the club at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
 arrow Shamsuddin sprints to personal best
Bangladesh's Athens Olympics adventure ended yesterday with sprinter Mohammed Shamsuddin clocking his best ever timing in the 100-metre first round heats.
 arrow Pittman shines
A mere 13 days after undergoing knee surgery, Australia's Jana Pittman came through the first round of qualifying for the Olympic women's 400 metres hurdles unscathed on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng complete WI whitewash
England completed a 4-0 whitewash over the West Indies with a ten-wicket win in the final Test at the Oval here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Final U-19 Test drawn
The rain interrupted third and the final Under-19 Test between the visiting Bangladesh and England ended in a draw at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Join movement to save country from fanatics'
Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday called on all to join the movement to dislodge the BNP-led four-party alliance government.
 arrow Hoax bomb threat at 2 DU halls
A hoax bomb threat by an anonymous caller panicked students, teachers, officials and employees of two women's halls of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

The caller told a hall staff at 11.

 arrow Seminar today
An open seminar on 'Studies in the UK' for prospective law students will be held at Sheraton Hotel in the city from 1.30pm to 3.00pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
The body of Zaheer Ishaq Ahmed (Bappi), son of late Nazir Ahmed, chief of BBC Bengali service, will arrive here from London today.

Zaheer died of a heart attack in London on August 13.

Nationalarrow Fortunate deputy minister's men
Rangpur: Recipients of relief materials distributed by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in Ulipur in Kurigram district on August 12 were men of Deputy Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Asadul Habib
 arrow Govt doing photo sessions on people's miseries
Former president and Jatiya Party chief H M Ershad has said the Four-party Alliance government is doing "photo sessions" in the name of distributing relief to flood affected people.
 arrow Wise mother, worthy daughter
Sufia Akter, who got GPA-5 in SSC examination this years under Dhaka Board, often had to borrow books from classmates as her poor mother could not buy her all the books she needed.
 arrow Govt employees stage sit-in protesting eviction
Government employees under the banner of Barisal unit of Bangladesh Ministerial Karmachary Samity (BAMIKS) yesterday staged a sit-in in front of the Deputy Commi-ssioner's office prosting their eviction
 arrow Clash over football match: 4 cops among 70 hurt in Shailkupa
At least 70 people including two Sub-Inspectors (SI) and two constables were injured, 35 of them bullet-hit, when rival supporters clashed during and after a football match at Hatfazilpur village in Sailkupa
 arrow Students continue class boycott at Patuakhali polytech
Students are continuing their class boycott programme at Patuakhali Polytechnic Instititute since August 12.
 arrow Newsman on the run for corruption report
A journalist is on the run facing 'death threat' from an influential quarter following publication of a report on alleged illegal activities at a local clinic.
 arrow 30 hurt in B'baria clash
At least 30 people were injured, six of them critically, and four houses were damaged when two groups calshed at Sunarampur village in the Sadar upazila on Friday.
 arrow 79 condemned convicts in Jessore jail
There are 79 convicts including a woman in Jessore Central Jail who were condemned to death.
 arrow Five unnatural deaths in a day in Satkhira
Five unnatural deaths took place in the district on Friday.
 arrow Girl missing: Ex-dist judge files abduction case in Rajshahi
A retired district judge here filed an abduction case with Rajpara thana under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act on Friday.
 arrow Satkhira college principal's removal demanded
Teachers, staffs and students of Haji Keyamuddin Mohila College here have been boycotting their classes since Tuesday last.
 arrow Workshop on law on khas land
A workshop on Khas Land, Law and Management was held at the old Bar Association building here on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The press needs uninhibited access to information
The press has reported that a circular dated July 15, 2004, issued from the police headquarters under the signature of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) directed police officers below the rank ofsuperintendent
 arrow Supervision to ensure fairness
How much the US has declined in stature as a beacon for democracy since George Bush, Jr. and his neo conservative advisers took office was painfully evident last August 10.
 arrow Sudan's quest for peace
Conflict seems to have become a way of life for Sudan that has struggled to find peace and stability since its independence in 1956.
Culturearrow Playing with form and space
On display at the Alliance Francaise recently were the Expressionist works of Manir Mrittik. This artist got into fine arts seriously after school, without his parents protesting too much.
 arrow GRIPS: A way of theatre
A simple definition of acting would be to react. Actors in theatre build a world of their own and display realism through their vivid imagination.
 arrow Music dipped in nostalgia
Some thirty Bangla songs from movies both in West Bengal and Banglaesh starting from the 1932 release Chandidas to Debdas of 1982 cast a veil of nostalgia over the audience-pact auditorium
 arrow 'Cursed' Exorcist movie released
The long-awaited prequel to horror film classic The Exorcist has finally been released in the US after being 'cursed' by cast and crew changes and accidents.
Internationalarrow Sadr's men continue to hold shrine
Fighters loyal to rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr were firmly in control of Najaf's Imam Ali mosque yesterday, giving the lie to government claims that police had taken control of the shrine.
 arrow One dead as Nepal rebels vow to step up blockade
Maoist rebels who have cut off Nepal's capital for four days, pledged to expand their campaign to the Tibetan border as fresh violence left a police officer dead.
 arrow BJP subverting poll mandate: Sonia
Sonia Gandhi, the chief of India ruling Congress and the alliance led by the party, yesterday mounted a scathing attack on main opposition BJP accusing it refusing to accept he verdict of recent general
 arrow Militants linked with al-Qaeda killed
Pakistani forces have killed "a few" militants in operations to flush out Al-Qaeda linked rebels in the northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, the military said Saturday.
 arrow Kerry blasts war record critics
Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry's campaign has formally alleged that a group attacking his Vietnam war record had illegal ties to US President George W. Bush's reelection bid.
 arrow Iraq admits arresting missing journalists
Iraq's US-backed caretaker government has now admitted that three reporters for Iran's state IRNA news agency who went missing on August 9 were detained by police, a senior interior ministry officialsaid
 arrow Nepal checking reports of kidnapped citizens in Iraq
The government of Nepal said Saturday it was checking labour records for information on 12 of its citizens reportedly abducted in Iraq, where the Himalayan kingdom has no diplomatic representation.
 arrow Pakistan blocks media website for anti-military stance
Pakistan has blocked the web site of South Asia Tribune, which is run by a well-known journalist of the country, apparently for its anti-military stance.
 arrow 3 convicted drug traffickers hanged in public in Iran
Three Iranian men convicted of drug trafficking have been hanged in a square in the historic city of Kerman in southeast Iran on Thursday, the conservative Jomhuri Eslami daily reported Saturday.
 arrow Accused Hamas leader denies terror charges
A senior official of the Palestinian militant group Hamas indicted in the United States for conspiring to fund terror attacks against Israel denied the accusations and said the charges were driven byelection-year
 arrow Burundi rebels ready to face international court
The Hutu rebel movement which has claimed responsibility for last week's massacre of about 160 Congolese Tutsis at a refugee camp in Burundi said on Saturday it was ready to appear before an international
Editorialarrow Attack on AL rally
Yet another bomb attack! This time the targets were the top leadership of the main opposition, Awami League. Initial accounts speak of very high casualty figures including many deaths.
 arrow Editorial: Regional media cooperation
We could not agree more wholeheartedly with the call for free flow of information and free movement of journalists throughout the South Asian region that was raised on the first day of the three-day regional
 arrow The United Nations in a changing world
IMMANUEL Kant's proposal for the formation of a federation or league of the world's nations, which would allow countries to unite and punish any nation guilty of an act of aggression through what is sometimes
 arrow Justifying the means
Commenting about the democratic process in Pakistan in 1970, BBC Host David Frost made the famous remark, "They are going to hold general elections in Pakistan, they are going to elect all the generals!"
Letters to Editorarrow Clinton's book
Bill Clinton's autobiography My Life has been very carefully edited by a team of expert editors with the proper bandwidth and backgrounds.
 arrow Governance with less paperwork
The government recently amended some procedures for approving certain categories of draft development projects quickly, with some less paperwork and processing.
 arrow Debating style
The debating style adopted by the school and college students, as seen on BTV, needs to be reviewed by the teachers and authorities.
 arrow Death of Humayun Azad
Dr Humayun Azad, litterateur and professor of Dhaka University, died on August 12 in Germany.
Star Healtharrow Prevent six dreadful disease by immunisation
1. Measles
Children suffering from this disease usually have a rash, high fever, cough and red eyes. Sometimes children also have a sore mouth, diarrhoea and vomiting.

 arrow The environment: where is the risk and where are children safe?
Around the world, polluted air and water and other environment-related hazards kill more than three milion children under the age of five every year.
 arrow Breast-feeding cuts genetic breast cancer risk
The well-known risk of breast cancer for women who harbor mutations in the BRCA1 gene is significantly reduced among those who have breast-fed for a cumulative total of more than 12 months, new research
 arrow Condoms cut risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Consistent condom use can help prevent recurrence of pelvic inflammatory disease in women at high risk of the infection, a study showed.
Star Cityarrow River erosion threatens to wipe away more Basila houses
Renu Begum could do nothing but to watch it happen. Now, only strong currents roil where her home was two days ago.
 arrow Basila snapped from circular waterway
The erosion of Buriganga at Basila threatens a gangway of a landing station by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) built as part of the Circular Waterway Project.
 arrow Schools put off exams for floods
Public schools in Old Dhaka had to indefinitely postpone the second term examinations and new dates are yet to be announced, as most schools were used as shelters for flood victims.
 arrow DUS builds illegal kitchen at TSC
The food shop Dhaka University Snacks (DUS) is 'illegally' constructing a permanent kitchen inside the Teacher and Student Centre (TSC) premises posing a threat to its architectural heritage and environment.
 arrow Titas blames low revenue take on floods
Revenue collection of Titas Gas has seen a slump which officials believe is a consequence of the flood in Dhaka and its adjacent areas.
 arrow First int'l food fair begins in Dhaka Sept 17
Dhaka International Food Fair-2004, organised by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), will be held from September 17-19 at the Sheraton Hotel.