Volume 5 Number 90 Mon. August 23, 2004    
 
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Front Pagearrow Protests, shock rage
Shock and awe, angst and protest, disbelief and tension swept through the country yesterday as the death toll from Saturday's grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina's rally rose to 18, with the deaths of three
 arrow 'I heard a bang and blood splashed on my body'
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, still reeling from the shock of Saturday's grisly attacks, yesterday blamed the government for the bloody string of grenade attacks and gunshots that killed 19 people
 arrow Gloom at Sudha Sadan as visitors shower sympathy
A surreal blend of gloom, a divine sense of gratitude and protest yesterday defined Sudha Sadan, the residence of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, who survived an assassination attempt.
 arrow Violence swells in city streets
Streets in a tense Dhaka filled with fury last night, as angry Awami League (AL) activists went on the rampage torching a BNP office, damaging the office of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and vandalising
 arrow Ivy still in grave condition
Critically injured Awami League (AL) leader Ivy Rahman clung to her life yesterday despite flying rumours in Dhaka that the women's affairs secretary of the main opposition party was clinically dead.
 arrow Khaleda visits Ivy at CMH
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday visited bomb-injured Awami League (AL) leaders including Ivy Rahman, who is being treated at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
 arrow Thousands turn up for janaza
At least 20,000 sombre-looking people lined up the steps and onto the lawn of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque yesterday for the Gayebana Janaza (funeral prayers) of the dead from Saturday's grenade
 arrow Cops on red alert
Police and paramilitary forces have been put on red alert across the country, particularly in the capital, to net those responsible for Saturday's grenade attack on Awami League's rally apparently ina
 arrow Wounded moved to private hospitals for treatment dearth
The injured victims in Saturday's grenade blasts, who were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), were moved to other hospitals as the DMCH could not accommodate such a huge number of patients.
 arrow Grenade recovery Exposes Dhaka jail's vulnerability
Panic gripped Dhaka Central Jail yesterday as the authorities commissioned a 'combing search operation', following recovery of a grenade from the prison compound.
 arrow Coalition allies also pass the buck to govt
The coalition partners of the BNP came down heavily on the government yesterday for what they said was its failure to nab those responsible for the frequent bomb attacks in different regions.
 arrow 100 injured as AL men clash with cops in dists
Over 100 people were injured as activists of the Awami League (AL) fought pitched battles with police and damaged vehicles during varying hours of hartals in a number of districts yesterday protesting
 arrow Detectives baffled by bomb attacks
Detectives are baffled by Saturday's attempt to assassinate Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and frontline leaders of the main opposition party by raining grenades
 arrow Turkish PM, Sonia, Advani, Rocca express concern
Turkish Prime Minister Nek Metin Erbaken, Congress of India Chair Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Lok Shabha of India L K Advani and US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca yesterday phoned
 arrow Death did them apart
Afroz understands his loss. He knows his grandfather will not come any more with chocolates for him.

"Grandpa has died. I have watched his death on television.

 arrow Police refuse case, AL files GD
Police yesterday did not register a case in connection with Saturday's grenade attack on the Awami League (AL) rally in Dhaka.
 arrow A leaky question
Top security officials yesterday sounded baffled over how more than a dozen attackers dodged the security cordon at an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue and exploded a string of grenades killing
 arrow One-man probe body formed
The government yesterday formed a one-member enquiry commission into the grenade attacks on opposition rally in front of Awami League (AL) central office on Saturday afternoon.
 arrow Intellectuals condemn attack on Prothom Alo
Twenty-six intellectuals yesterday condemned the attack on the daily Prothom Alo by the fanatics for publishing reports on alleged militant activities of extremist groups in Chittagong.
 arrow AL, allies for firm anti-Islamist movement
Opposition political parties yesterday committed to launching a vigorous movement against Islamist militants and the government without delay after a series of grenade attacks on the Awami League rally
 arrow Bomb threat to Azad's family
An anonymous caller late on Saturday night phoned the family of late Prof Humayun Azad and threatened to hurl bombs if any of them goes to the airport to receive his body scheduled to arrive in Dhakanext
 arrow Schools remain closed for clash fear
Fears of a repeat of clashes after the grenade attacks on Awami League (AL) rally on Bangabandhu Avenue sent most educational institutions in the capital suspending classes yesterday.
 arrow A brother's nightmare
Nizamuddin feels certain that the world would not seem so bleak and desolate, so colourless and cruel had a doctor seen his brother Billal at least for once.
 arrow At long last DMC hands over bodies
Dhaka Medical College (DMC) authorities finally started handing bodies of Saturday's grenade attacks over to relatives at 8:45 last night after security men held back claims by relatives and Awami League
 arrow Journalist abducted and killed
Masked assailants abducted and killed Manikchhari Upazila Press Club General Secretary and Ajker Kagoj correspondent Kamal Hossain in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Heavy fighting near Najaf shrine: 40 killed in Kufa
Heavy shooting and mortar fire erupted near the Imam Ali shrine in the holy city of Najaf yesterday afternoon, as Shia Muslim militiamen clashed with US troops, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
 arrow Kuwaiti FM's visit postponed
The daylong visit of Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Md Al-Salim Al-Sabah scheduled for today was cancelled due to health reasons, says a foreign ministry spokesperson.
Businessarrow Big loan defaulters slip thru' loopholes of law

Big defaulters slip through the net even after making amendments to the Money Loan Court Act 2003 which has earned some successes in bad loan recovery mainly from small defaulters, speakers observed

 arrow GMG goes beyond the border on Sept 8
GMG Airlines will start operating flights on Chittagong-Kolkata route on September 8 to become the first private carrier of Bangladesh to run international flights.
 arrow Altaf worried over MFA phaseout
Expressing concern over the survival of Bangladesh's readymade garment (RMG) industry in the quota-free regime from next year, Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday called for improvingcompetitiveness
 arrow Saarc women entrepreneurs want wider market facilities for their products
Women entrepreneurs from Saarc countries yesterday gathered here to share their ideas and experiences for improving trade facilities and developing markets of their products.
 arrow Gulf nations set to strike framework economic deals with India, Pakistan
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will next week sign framework economic cooperation agreements with India and Pakistan, the head of the oil-rich Gulf bloc said Saturday.
 arrow Two Fu-wang Foods outlets open in Dhaka
Fu-wang Foods Limited, a leading Taiwanese fast food firm, yesterday launched its two new outlets in Dhaka.
 arrow Khulna Tank lorry owners go on strike
As the owners of tank lorries went on an indefinite strike yesterday protesting 'toll collection' by police, distribution of petroleum products from all oil refilling stations in Khulna division had been
 arrow CSE 30 Index revised
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has revised composition of CSE 30 Index, a market indicator representing performances of top 30 blue chip companies.
 arrow Indian rupee sliding this year, but to recover
The Indian rupee could weaken further this year as oil imports remain costly and doubts persist about the new government's economic reform agenda. But economists expect the rupee to recover in early 2005.
 arrow Google IPO left small investors out
The initial public offering of Internet search engine Google Inc. was billed as a bonanza for millions of U.S. investors -- but the little guy, with check in hand, was left out of the party.
 arrow Asia's fuel subsidies under fire as oil prices skyrocket
As Asia grapples with global oil prices racing towards 50 dollars a barrel, several governments in the region are facing unmanageable costs of fuel subsidies that analysts say could put economies at further
 arrow New investments brighten S'pore’s job outlook
Singapore's jobless rate is expected to fall below four percent later this year as new manufacturing investments trickle in and multinationals such as Dutch electronics giant Philips Electronics start
Sportsarrow Nesterenko breaks US supremacy
Carolina Kluft and Yulia Nest-erenko were crowned Olym-pic champions in the heptathlon and 100 metres here on Saturday but their moments of glory received very different receptions.
 arrow Dancing Queen
She is blonde, she is Swedish and she likes to party. And at the Olympic Games on Saturday, Carolina Kluft confirmed her status as the best all-round woman athlete in the world.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers reel under shock
It was not just another day for the national cricketers when they joined yesterday morning's training at the Army Stadium.
 arrow The Phelps story
In the end, the elusive seventh gold medal didn't seem to matter.
 arrow Cricket: Zoysa sinks Proteas
Fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa ripped through South Africa's top-order to guide Sri Lanka to a comfortable 37-run win in the second one-dayer at the Premdasa Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara mulls future after whitewash
Brian Lara said he will take stock before deciding on his future as West Indies captain following his side's 10-wicket defeat to England in the fourth and final Test here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting relishes Dutch experience
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said he was looking forward to playing cricket in the Netherlands after facing the country's cricketers at last year's World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Indians spun out
Pakistan spinners Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik took seven wickets between them to bowl their side to a 66-run win over arch-rivals India in the opening match of the triangular event here Saturday.
 arrow India out, Pak set to follow
The Netherlands and Australia stormed into the semifinals of the Olympic men's field hockey here on Saturday even as former champions India bowed out in a huff.
 arrow From gold to shame
Russian woman shot-putter Irina Korzhanenko, who won Olympic gold here has failed a drugs test, the president of the International Olympic Committee's medical commission Arne Ljungqvist said here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Advantage AKC, Mukti and BU
Holders Muktijoddha Sangsad and challengers Abahani and Brothers Union will begin on equal footing when the final leg of the Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League comes to Dhaka.
 arrow LATEST
Jia Zhanbo of China won the men's 50m rifle three positions shooting gold medal at the Olympics on Sunday.
 arrow Oh! Jenny
It was a bittersweet Olympic finale for US swimming great Jenny Thompson Saturday as she became the most decorated swimmer in the history of the Games but once again failed to win an individual gold.
 arrow Zhang claims China's 100th gold medal
World number one Zhang Yining won China's 100th-ever Olympic gold medal on Sunday, thrashing unseeded North Korean Kim Hyang-Mi in the women's singles table tennis final.
 arrow Football: Chelsea do the minimum
Chelsea went top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Birmingham City, while Manchester United got back to winning ways by beating promoted Norwich City 2-1 on Saturday.
 arrow Miracle team marches on
War-weary Iraq opened up a new chapter in their Olympic football fairy-tale on Saturday as they reached the semi-finals where they were joined by Italy, Paraguay and competiton favourites Argentina.
 arrow Golden Henin
Justine Henin-Hardenne, who for most of the year wondered whether she would ever play again as she battled a debilitating virus, completed a remarkable comeback when she won the Olympic women's tennis
 arrow Football: Rooney admits romp!
England's teenage football sensation Wayne Rooney Sunday admitted having had sex with prostitutes after a London newspaper photographed him visiting a brothel.
 arrow Football: Super Shevchenko
Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko hit a hat-trick as Serie A champions AC Milan beat Lazio 3-0 to claim the Italian Super Cup at the San Siro stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: That was Savage!
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants controversial Birmingham mid-fielder Robbie Savage hauled up before the football authorities after his apparent elbow on Mateja Kezman.
 arrow Football: Rehhagel's formula
Greece national coach Otto Rehhagel claims German youngsters need to switch off their gameboy consoles and focus on football if Germany are to triumph in the 2006 World Cup.
Metropolitanarrow Workshop for district judges begins
Judges cannot deviate from their responsibility as they are bound by the oath to ensure justice, said Justice Naimuddin Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Fanatics vow to lay siege to Ahmadiyya base
Religious fanatics yesterday vowed to go ahead with their planned siege to Ahmadiyya Complex at Bakshibazar on August 27 unless the government declares the sect non-Muslims before the deadline.
 arrow BTV's top news Producer withdrawn
The Executive Producer (News) of Bangladesh Television (BTV), Kazi Mostaq Zahir has been withdrawn from the news room for negligence to his duty during the news telecast at 8 pm on Saturday.
 arrow One hanged at Rajshahi jail
One convict was hanged at Rajshahi Central Jail yesterday for killing his wife.

Alal Uddin of Murshidpur of Bagha upazila was hanged at 12.

 arrow Maroof new envoy to Qatar
M Maroof Zaman, director general (West Asia, Central Asia and Africa) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been appointed as ambassador to Qatar.
 arrow Musical evening cancelled
The High Commission of India has cancelled a musical evening by Johar Ali Khan and his troupe, which was scheduled to be held at the National Museum auditorium today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Protests, shock wave across country
Amid shock waves across the country, opposition activists joined by people yesterday mounted protersts in distrcits against Saturday's dastardly grenade attack on Awami League public meeting in Dhaka.
 arrow JMJB active in Bagmara
The cadres of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) have become active again in Bagmara.
 arrow Banoripara Poura Chairman barred from office for 3 months
The High Court has barred Banoripara Paurasava Chairman Manju Molla from discharging his official duties for three months.

A High Court Bench comprising Justice Md. Jainul Abedin and Justice Md.

 arrow BDR man shot dead by smugglers in Kushtia
A BDR man was killed when a gang of smugglers opened fire on a patrol team at Bilgathua border point in Daulatpur upazila in the early hours of S aturday.
 arrow Urs at Garpara begins today
The annual Urs of Garib-e-Newaz Hajrat Khaja Mainuddin Chisty Ajmeri (RA) will be held in Manikganj today (Rajab 6), says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow RMG industry in Bangladesh: An imminent earthquake?
The Agreement on Textile and Clothing, negotiated in the Uruguay World trade round, came into force in 1995.
 arrow How (not) to catch terrorists
Imagine that there are indeed "sleeper cells" burrowed deep inside America. Through e-mail, cell phone and fax, they have selected key targets.
 arrow Cheaper availability of agricultural inputs
There has been a recent report in the media (The Daily Star 3-7-2004) regarding availability of fertiliser, farm machinery and other inputs to the farmers at a cheaper rate with the doubling of farm subsidy
Culturearrow When nature nurtures
Soft pastel shades, representing flowers and leaves, cover the walls of Chitrak gallery. It is the ongoing water colour exhibition 'Near and far' by Saeeda Kamal.
 arrow Mustafa Monwar at Galpoghar
Galpoghar, the children's forum of Bengal Foundation, recently held a two- day story telling programme.
 arrow Focus on powerful social issues
Among the foremost of women film directors from India are Deepa Mehta and Sai Paranjpye.
 arrow Pinkett Smith, Juliette Lewis jam
Jada Pinkett Smith, Juliette Lewis' and their respective bands--Pinkett's Wicked Wisdom and Lewis' Juliette and the Licks--literally brought hard rock to the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe inside Foxwoods
Generalarrow 'Take stern action against culprits'
Different political, socio-cultural, human rights and business organisations yesterday strongly condemned and protested the deadly grenade attack on Saturday's rally of the main opposition Awami League
 arrow 'Cancel tender for selling AJM machines'
Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP) leaders at a meeting at Muktangon in the city yesterday demanded the government to cancel the tender for selling machines and destroying buildings of Adamjee Jute
Internationalarrow Maoists attack Nepal district HQ
More than 1,000 Maoists launched a violent assault on a district headquarters in Nepal's northwestern mountains, officials said Sunday, as angry traders rallied on the streets of Kathmandu to protesta
 arrow North Korea steps up anti-US tirade
North Korea stepped up its anti-US tirade Sunday, accusing Washington of planning to deploy an aircraft carrier off the Korean peninsula.
 arrow 24 state ministers resign in Madhya Pradesh
Twenty four ministers in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday quit to show solidarity with Chief Minister Uma Bharati who sent her resignation to the BJP president on Saturday in the wake of a non-bailable warrant
 arrow Kerry urges Bush to stop personal attack
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Saturday night urged President Bush to "stand up and stop" what he called personal attacks on him over his combat record in Vietnam.
 arrow 'Expanding Jewish settlements will destroy peace process'
A tacit agreement by the United States to allow Israel to expand its West Bank settlements will destroy the Middle East peace process, senior Palestinian officials said Sunday.
 arrow Three children hospitalised for suspected bird flu in Malaysia
Three children from a village hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain have been admitted to hospital for medical checks after coming down with flu-like symptoms, a senior medical official said Sunday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bleeding politics
The assassination attempt on main opposition Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina on Saturday that caused widespread death and destruction is not only deplorable but a warning signal to the political parties
 arrow Editorial: Iran's response
President Bush's idea of ensuring world peace through preemptive strikes against the possible sources of danger has clearly backfired.
 arrow Kerry's world-view and what if he is elected!
In public perception the world over John Kerry, the Democrat Presidential candidate in the US is cast in the image of a redeemer who would rid the planet of the scourge of diabolic pre-emptive wars initiated
 arrow Everybody loves a good deluge
Any natural disaster like this year's deluge is definitely a curse for common people. But such a disaster is also a boon for many people in our country. It is unfortunate but true.
 arrow Unequal bargain at WTO
As environment minister in the 1990s, Mr Kamal Nath inspired no confidence.
 arrow 'Have we got no decency left?'
I have read the article of Mohammad Badrul Ahsan published under the above caption in the Daily Star on August 13, 2004.
Letters to Editorarrow A gory political scene
To the naked eye, Saturday's grenade attack on the AL rally looks a lot like an attempt to keep the Awami League out of Bangladesh politics.
 arrow Bliss of solitude
Solitude is one of the greatest blessings. What is solitude? A person who is spending time alone is not necessarily lonely, anti-social or isolated.
 arrow Senator Kerry
I read with interest your editorial on the swift boat veterans and Senator Kerry. However, you failed to mention a point that strikes me as important.
 arrow History rewritten
A couple of years back someone published an interview that s/he had with Professor Sirajul Islam Choudhury of DU where the latter reportedly claimed that when he came first to the city, as a young boy
 arrow Lucky Mr. Bush
After the lucky election victory over Al Gore in the 2000 elections, the only lucky thing that happened to Mr. Bush Jr is the attack on the WTC and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
 arrow Democracy in Burma
The Secretary General of the United Nations is moving to put pressure on the Burmese military ruler through a call for immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, by an engagement in `substantive dialogue'
 arrow Bangladesh is cheap!
I was surprised reading Dr. Fakhruddin's article "Bangladesh is Cheap" in the August 13 issue of The Daily Star. It was not just a surprise but also disappointment and sadness. Dr.
 arrow Attack on Ahmadiyya community
The indifference of government towards the religious bigots is becoming a cause of grave concern.
 arrow Rein them in
This refers to the worrying news that the mullahs of Khatme Nubuwwat and Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) have announced that they will forcibly occupy the Ahmadiyya mosque situated at Bakshi Bazaar and remove
 arrow Maldives on the brink?
In God's kingdom, paradise is thought to be a place of peace and tranquillity, where eternal bliss prevails. Man on earth has often attempted to fashion something in its likeness.
 arrow Dr Azad's death
We are reading the Internet news with interest prior to and after the death of Dr Azad in Munich.
 arrow Jinnah's speech
My attention is drawn to Mr AZM Abdul Ali's letter (DS Aug 18, 2004) where he seeks further information on what Mr. M.A. Jinnah may have said in the broadcast alluded to by Kuldip Nayar.
 arrow Maldives story
As a citizen of Maldives, I think it's my responsibility to give my opinion on the article that was published in The Daily Star, especially about the incidents happening in my country.
 arrow Let history speak
It was a pleasure reading Dr. Anwar Hossain's "Let history resolve an un-necessary debate"(DS August 17th).
 arrow Separation of Judiciary
Please refer to the lead news published in your daily of 18 August under the caption "Separation of Judiciary: Supreme Court chides Govt" etc.
Star Cityarrow Fallout of grenade attacks cripples city life
The capital is reeling under the shock of Saturday's grenade attacks that killed at least 18 people in a gory scene that played out at an Awami League (AL) rally on Bangabandhu Avenue.
 arrow Deluge victims in new woes
Flood-hit people returned home to different woes: joblessness, lack of money and inhabitable condition.
 arrow Traffic goes runaway, gridlock snowballs
Commuters confront heavy gridlock every day, as buses, especially minibuses, are pouring onto roads at will.
 arrow For and against embankments
Minister for Water Resources Hafizuddin Ahmed in a seminar on August 10 declared the government's decision to build an integrated flood protection embankment under the Eastern Bypass Project and installation
 arrow No guidelines for community centres
The rates of community centres in Dhaka differ according to the wish of the owners as there is formulated policy for opening and running such establishments.
 arrow 'River-link to spell ecological doom for subcontinent'
The proposed mega river linking project by India if implemented would spell disaster for the ecology of the entire subcontinent, speakers said at a regional seminar on river linking on Saturday.
 
   
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