Vol. 5 Num 91 Wed. August 25, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow End of a fight
Veteran Awami League leader Ivy Rahman died early yesterday after fighting for her life for three days since she was grievously injured in Saturday's grenade attack on the AL rally.
 arrow Country crippled in hartal
At least 100 people were injured in sporadic clashes on the first day of the opposition general strike yesterday that crippled life and disrupted train travels between Dhaka and other districts amid scenes
 arrow Hikmatul Zihad vows to kill Hasina in a week
Hikmatul Zihad, a previously unheard-of organisation, has claimed responsibility for Saturday's grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally and vowed to assassinate Leader of the Opposition and AL President
 arrow Hasina critical of security steps
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed doubts over the adequacy of security measures taken by the government for her Saturday's rally that came under grenade attack and posed the question
 arrow Dhaka may seek int'l help after own probe
Dhaka would consider international assistance in tracking down the perpetrators of Saturday's grenade attack on Awami League rally only after it completes its own probe.
 arrow Opposition agree on broad-based unity
The opposition will float an all-party action committee soon as part of its initiative to launch a fresh street movement against the fundamentalists and the government in the wake of Saturday's grisly
 arrow Condolences pour in
President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Jamiruddin Sircar and Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Awami League's
 arrow Investigators still in the dark
Five days into the deadly grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Saturday, investigators are still trying to find out how the assailants threw the grenades and carried out the subsequent gun attack.
 arrow BNP plans campaign to counter backlash
The ruling coalition leader BNP has decided to revamp the party and launch a massive political campaign from Saturday to counter the backlash against the grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally including
 arrow AL, leftists agree to counter bigots
Main opposition Awami League (AL) and three left-leaning parties yesterday threw their weight behind the civil society its bid to resist a move by religious bigots to capture Ahmadiyya base at Bakhsibazar
 arrow 22 Hindu houses torched, robbed
Armed mobsters with alleged links to ruling BNP in a raid on a remote village under Pirgachha upazila in the district on Monday torched 22 houses of minority Hindus, injured 20 villagers and looted cash,
 arrow Nepal rebels lift blockade today
Nepal's Maoist rebels have temporarily suspended a crippling economic blockade of the capital from today, saying the move was in response to popular appeals.
 arrow BJP, IOJ leaders refuse to refute comments
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia slated the chiefs of her two coalition partners on Monday, as she was angered by their outspoken criticism of the government for what they said was its failure to arrest any
 arrow Govt rules out seeking out army
The government yesterday ruled out any possibility of army intervention to assist the civil administration in tackling the current situation.
 arrow Neela Chy's condition worsens
Of the Awami League (AL) leaders injured in the August 21 blasts, condition of Dhaka city AL leader Neela Chowdhury worsened yesterday while the others were either discharged or improving.
 arrow 4 embassies issue travel warning
US, British, Australian and Canadian embassies in Dhaka advised their citizens to carefully monitor events and avoid non-essential movement in the capital in the wake of Saturday's grenade attacks onAwami
 arrow Annan condemns attack on rally
Appalled by Saturday's grenade attack on an Awami League rally, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has strongly condemned the use of violence against the civilian population and called for the perpetrators
 arrow News flash on The Daily Star online edition
The Daily Star Online Edition (www.thedailystar.net) has started providing news flash from yesterday. The site is also updated with the first and second editions.
 arrow Iraq ministers escape bomb attacks
Two ministers in Iraq's US-backed interim government escaped bomb attacks yesterday, in which at least five people were killed and six wounded in Baghdad, a bodyguard and official aide said.
 arrow Brick kiln owners stop dredging at Basila
Brick kiln owners in Basila yesterday forced a Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) dredger to stop reopening a channel to divert Buriganga river from its current course which had recently
 arrow Hartal hours...

 arrow 2 criminals hacked to death at Pagla
Criminals hacked to death their two associates at Pagla in Narayanganj on Monday following a dispute over shares of extortion money.
 arrow Four shot dead
Four including a businessman, a doctor and two outlaws were shot dead in separate incidents in Kushtia, Chuadanga and Jhenidah Monday night.
 arrow Prof Azad's body due Friday
The body of Prof Humayun Azad is likely to be flown in from Germany at 5:00am on Friday.

Azad went to Germany on a scholarship and died of 'cardiac arrest' at his room on August 11.

 arrow Correction
In the clarification The Daily Star carried on August 24, Anne Marchal's name was mentioned inadvertently as Charge d'affaires of the Royal Dutch Embassy in Dhaka.
Businessarrow Panicky businesses fear loss in export, FDI
Prevailing uncertainty and instability in national politics coming close on the heels of a devastating flood will further degrade Bangladesh's image taking toll on export and foreign direct investment,
 arrow Couriers thrive with growing customer confidence
Private courier service sector has been witnessing a boom for the last few years on increasing customer confidence.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi agree to open up skies
India and Bangladesh yesterday agreed on the need to open up each other's skies to airlines of the two countries as part of efforts to promote tourism.
 arrow EU, Germany warn against unilateral oil tax steps
The European Commission and Germany united Monday to insist EU states {hould not take }nilateral tax measures to offset the impact of high oil prices.
 arrow GP installs 1000 base stations
GrameenPhone (GP) has installated over 1,000 base stations across the country.

At present, the GP currently has 1,025 base stations in 313 upazila of 61 districts, says a press release.

 arrow Qatar Airways voted 8th best for in-flight entertainment
Qatar Airways in-flight entertainment has been voted the 8th best in the world.

Independent aviation q}ality monitor Skytrax organised the poll among 10 airlines in the world, says a press release.

 arrow EU extends import ban to KL after bird flu outbreak
The European Union has banned imports of pet birds and feathers from Malaysia after an outbreak of a lethal form of bird flu there, the European Commission said Monday.
 arrow New president of ICSMB
AKA Muqtadir has been elected president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh (ICSMB) for the term 2004-05.
 arrow Stocks up as oil eases
US stocks gained on Tuesday after crude prices fell for a third session, easing investors' fears that costly oil would squeeze company profits and slow growth.

Dow component Caterpillar Inc.

 arrow India's strikes spread to banks
Strike action spread across India on Tuesday as bank workers walked out over pay and a truckers' strike entered its fourth day.
 arrow S'pore to help Myanmar export textile product
Singapore will help Myanmar export textile and garment products in order to face with the new international market challenges by next year, Myanmar business sources said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Holmes' golden joy
Britain's Kelly Holmes and Jeremy Wariner of the United States proved in devasta|ing s|yle on Monday that age is no bazrier when it comes to securing places in the Olympic Games pantheon of champions.
 arrow Finally Marion
Marion Jones will emerge from the cocoon of the US tmam on Wed-nesday to finally make her debu| in the Athens Olympics.
 arrow The final script
The United States are just one match away from farewelling their ageing football heroines with an Olympic gold medal after sco-ring a dramatic semi-final win over world champions Germany on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav, Ricky lick lips
India captain Sourav Ganguly and his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting have both said they cannot wait for the resumption of the cricket giants' Test match rivalry in October.
 arrow Football: Owen here to stay
Michael Owen on Monday dismissed the doubts over his move to Madrid and declared this is his time and his place.
 arrow Football: Smith Fergie's key man
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson is looking to in-form striker Alan Smith to lead his depleted side into the lucrative group stage of the European Champions League against Dinamo Bucharest on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: First U-19 ODI washed out
The first U-19 one-day international between Bangladesh and England was abandoned because of rain at Arundel in Sussex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie-Pak final likely
Pakistan are guaranteed a place in Saturday's Videocon Cup one-day triangular tournament final and Australia look set to join them after the world champions' match with India was abandoned on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar to have surgery down under
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to send Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar to Australia to have surgery on his injured right thumb.
 arrow Football: NFL final round on schedule
The final phase of the 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League will start on schedule on August 27.
 arrow How could you Fazekas!
Hungarian discus thrower Robert Fazekas plunged the Olympic Games into another drugs crisis on Tuesday when he became the second gold medallist in three days to facm losing his title for a doping offence.
 arrow Japan tells Fischer to get out
Japan's government rejected Tues-day an appeal against an order to deport former US chess champion Bobby Fischer, wanted in the United States, his supporters said as they launched new bids to stop his
 arrow Cameroon jumps to Etone's tune
Francoise Mbango Etone became the first Cameroon woman ever to win an Olympic Games gold medal when she claimed an African record of 15.30 metres in the triple jump here Monday.
 arrow Greek tragedy
A Greek judoka, who 17 days ago jumped off a balcony after a row with her boyfriend hours before she was due to go into the athletes' Olympic village for the Athens Games, has died in hospital.
 arrow Zee threatens ESPN Star
A fierce bidding war for the lucrative rights to broadcast international cricket matches in India has pitted a deep-pocketed sports network against the country's biggest listed media firm.
 arrow Cricket: Drug cheats take care
Players testing positive for drugs during September's ICC Champions Trophy face bans of up to two years and fines.
 arrow Chess: Kolkata chess
Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar maintained his all-win record in the Telegraph School's Chess Cham-pionship when he beat Debanjan Das in the fourth round game at Kolkata on Monday.
 arrow Football: Celtic get Juninho
Juninho's transfer from Middlesbrough to Celtic has been completed and the Brazilian World Cup playmaker could be available for the Old Firm derby with Rangers on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Badruddoza, Ershad discuss political situation with Hasina
Former presidents AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and HM Ershad yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan house separately and discussed
 arrow China, Canada condemn attack on AL rally
China and Canada yesterday condemned the grenade attack on Saturday's Awami League rally and expressed sympathy to the families of the victims.
 arrow Religious extremists blamed for attack
Different organisations yesterday continued their condemnation over Saturday's grenade attack on Awami League rally in the capital.
 arrow Robbers kill one, mob beats robber to death
Robbers shot one person dead and a mob beat a robber to death in separate incidents in the district early yesterday.
 arrow Turkey, Nepal donate $ 2 lakh for flood victims
Turkey and Nepal yesterday donated 100,000 US dollars each as a gesture of sympathy for the flood-affected people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Tk 158cr post-flood agri rehabilitation programme
The government is implementing the largest ever post-flood agriculture rehabilitation programme targeting around 27 lakh small and marginal farmers out of total 48 lakh flood-affected farmers with anoutlay
 arrow Tk 2.2 crore in foreign currencies seized
Customs officials yesterday seized local and foreign currencies reportedly worth about Tk 2.2 crore from a luggage of departing flight at Zia International Airport (ZIA).
 arrow Four get life for trafficking three boys to Dubai
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced four people including a couple to life imprisonment for trafficking three children to Dubai for using them as camel jockeys in 1996.
 arrow CPJ concerned at threats to Prothom Alo
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based media rights' watchdog, has expressed deep concern at the threats by Islamic groups in Dhaka and Chittagong to shut down the Bangla dailyProthom
 arrow Mohanagar Puja Committee executives
Advocate Subrato Chowdhury and Monindra Kumar Nath have been elected president and general secretary of Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee for next two years, says a press release.
 arrow Indonesian envoy meets president
Outgoing Indonesian Ambassador Maddolangeng Mansjur made a farewell call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Croatian envoy calls on FM
The newly appointed Croatian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dino Debeljuh, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All course and traditional system examinations of Dhaka University, scheduled for up to August 28, have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Pak aid for flood victims
Pakistan government has decided to provide relief assistance worth Rupees 20 million for flood victims of Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Ivy's death irreparable
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of party's Women Affairs Secretary Ivy Rahman and said her death would create a vacuum in country's
 arrow Juta strike tomorrow
Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (Juta) will go on strike on August 26 as mark of protest to Saturday's grenade attack on Awami League rally that left 19 dead and more than 200 wounded.
 arrow Hartal paralyses Ctg academic activities
Hartal paralysed academic activities in all educational institutions of the port city including the Chittagong University (CU) yesterday.
 arrow 1,469 more held
Police arrested some 1,469 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Violence marks hartal in dists
Incidents of violence including ransacking of offices and rail-road barricade were reported from several districts on the first day yesterday of the opposition-called hartal.
 arrow Betel leaf on 2,000 acres ruined by flood in Barisal
Betel leaf growers in Barisal and Patuakhali are having hard days.
 arrow CUTA begins indefinite strike
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) began an indefinite strike yesterday as the CU Syndicate ignored its two demands.

However, scheduled examination will be held.

 arrow Ctg Mayor threatens another hartal
Mayor and General Secretary of the city unit of Awami League (AL) ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on Monday threatened of another hartal in Chittagong unless Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Ward Commissioner
 arrow 16 N dists facing drought
Aman cultivation has been facing setback due to drought in 16 districts in Rajshahi division. The situation may lead to shortage in paddy production target in the entire division.
 arrow A hospital with a difference
Netrakona Aug 23: Joyramkura Hospital in Haluaghat in Mymensingh district is different from others.
 arrow Move to conserve biodiversity with local community help
A series of orientation courses aiming at conservation of biodiversity concluded at five protected pilot sites in four districts on Monday.
 arrow 'Red alert' in Jessore border
A 'red alert' has been declared along Jessore border to stop fleeing of criminals to India amid tight security measures all over the country including Dhaka city.
 arrow Tk 5 lakh timber seized by BDR
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized Tk five lakh timber yesterday from near Choddarashi on the Kabodak river while those were being smuggled from the Sundarbans on board nine mechanised boats and arrested17
 arrow Ctg arms haul: Tribesman held in Bandarban
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday arrested a member of a Rakhain community on charge of his involvement in an arms haul incident in Chittagong.
Point-Counterpointarrow Attack on Sheikh Hasina is unacceptable
This is serious, folks! When the leader of the opposition and the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, is targeted for assassination five times this year alone, it is clear that the terrorists
 arrow Bomb squad: A national requirement
Bomb explosion, as terrorist activity and bomb culture have suddenly taken a very tragic turn in Bangladesh with frequent recurrences. Of all terrorist offences, it is the most heinous against humanity.
 arrow Why does the price of oil go up?
During this year, the price of oil (Nymex light crude) has jumped from $33 dollars to a record high of a little over $49 dollars per barrel in New York on August 20.
Culturearrow Tangtha--children of the hills
Tangtha--this is what the people of hill-tracts call themselves. It means 'children of the hills'. In general, however, these people are known as an indigenous hunting tribe called Bomang or Bom.
 arrow Combining dreams with desire
Nasreen Begum, who has been drawing and painting since childhood, feels that she is still learning, even though she is now an Assistant Professor at the Fine Arts Department DU.
 arrow An insight into the life of Nazrul
Taher Shipon is one of those TV-play directors who are doing some noteworthy works under the package programme for the TV channels.
 arrow Page gets spot on London's Walk of Fame
Jimmy Page hasn't yet made it up the stairway to heaven, but he's the first to reach the new British Walk of Fame.
Generalarrow Bangladeshi shot dead by BSF
Indian border guards gunned down a Bangladeshi youth at Raghunatpur border point Monday night, escalating tension in the border area.
 arrow Insurgent killed in Khagrachhari shootout
A tribal insurgent was killed and an army troop injured in a shootout during a predawn raid on a hideout of insurgents in the deep forest under Sadar upazila yesterday.
Internationalarrow Maldives emergency to be lifted 'soon'
The Maldives will lift emergency rule "very soon" but there will be no compromise with pro-democracy activists whose protests prompted the measure, an envoy of the tiny Indian Ocean state said Tuesday.
 arrow Judge rejects bid to question Rumsfeld
A US military judge Tuesday refused to let lawyers question Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a key deputy in the case against an Army reservist charged with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison.
 arrow Israelis round up Palestinians in raid
Hundreds of Palestinians were rounded up by Israeli forces Tuesday during a large-scale operation at a refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian security sources said.
 arrow Blair refuses to accept US war honour
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is refusing to fly to the United States to receive a medal bestowed on him by the nation for his support over last year's Iraq war, a London newspaper has reported.
 arrow US denies damaging shrine
Plumes of black smoke rose above the embattled city of Najaf yesterday after American warplanes bombed insurgent positions overnight and supporters of a radical cleric charged that shrapnel from a USattack
 arrow Bush lauds Kerry's war record
US President George W.
 arrow Straw demands efforts to stem Darfur crisis
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw urged the Sudanese government to "make a real effort" to ease the suffering caused by its bloody clampdown in Darfur, as he visited some of million-plus people who have been
 arrow Karzai, Musharraf unite on terror
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf have met in Islamabad to discuss terrorism and economic issues.
 arrow Probe after journalist smuggles fake bomb on plane
Transport officials launched an urgent investigation after an undercover reporter smuggled fake bomb-making equipment on board a holiday jet at a central England airport.
 arrow 4 linked with al-Qaeda killed in Pakistan
Four Al-Qaeda-linked foreign fighters were killed and two captured by Pakistani forces Monday as the army launched another attempt to dislodge militants from the country's remote tribal region, the military
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ivy Rahman's death
The news of her death did not come as a bolt from the blue, as it was evident since last Saturday night that the veteran Awami League leader was fighting a losing battle against death.
 arrow Editorial: Attack on opposition processions
We strongly condemn the highhanded approach by the police while tackling the strike called to protest a series of bomb attacks last Saturday on the main opposition Awami League's rally.
 arrow Pay Commission: New wine in old bottle
Since the birth of Bangladesh to 1997, five pay commissions were constituted by the governments of different periods. The recommendations of the first pay commission were made effective from July 1, 1973.
 arrow Geo-strategic efforts toward trade
India's Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Manishankar Aiyer has urged his own PM Manmohan Singh and the government to virtually hurry up and finalise the deal about the oil and gas pipeline
 arrow Let us put our act together, here and now
Sanity, decency, and moderation seem to have been stricken from the political culture of our present day politicians.
 arrow Clueless in Dhaka?
Television news on Monday as well as The Daily Star of Tuesday reported that so far detectives have found no "clues" about the grenade attack on the Awami League meeting. I found this strange.
Letters to Editorarrow Saturday evening massacre
Hell broke loose at the Awami League's rally in front of the party's central office on the afternoon of August 21,2004.
 arrow Dark side of Israel
The Hebrew kingdom of Palestine which was established in 1000 BC broke into two states i.e, Israel and Judah in 950 BC due to internal feud among the Jews and law and order situation.
 arrow Is the PM in control?
Over the last three years, the nation has seen that immediately after a political assassination or bomb blast, the PM met her kitchen cabinet and made eye-catching statements as if she was in control.
 arrow What an anarchy...
After such a barbarous and heinous bomb attack on the innocent people and the government's failure to protect the civilians and apprehend the culprits, does the government have any credibility or legitimacy
 arrow Kudos to the alliance!
Surely they deserve praise(!). They have ensured (!) so much safety(!) for our public life that there will be hardly any city left without bomb attacks.

The country is now a playground of theradicals.

 arrow Image of the country
This refers to your post editorial "Image of the country" published on 21 August. To begin with, let me say that your commentary is reasonable and sensible.
 arrow Kundan Lal Saigal
Your cultural correspondent's write-up on Kundan Lal Saigal was eminently readable as it narrated some interesting insights into the great singer's life.
 arrow August 15
Bangabandhu's contribution to Bangladesh and Bangalee nation is unquestionable, though, now-a-days, he is drawn to the controversy that he earnestly opposed the war of independence in 1971.
StarTecharrow A tech-savvy shopping mall
BASHUNDHARA City, a shopping mall of an international standard, certainly has followed in the recent trend of shopping malls in the developing world, or so it appears, as it has dedicated almost two floors
 arrow Maxtor ships next-gen Diamondmax hard drives
MAXTOR Corporation, a worldwide leader in hard disk drives and consumer storage products, announced that it is shipping its new Maxtor DiamondMax 10 hard drives to OEMs and channel partners around the
 arrow BCS shares Bangkok ICT EXPO 2004 experience
BCS organised a post participation session at its conference hall on August 18 to share the experience of the 17-member team from Bangladesh at the Bangkok ICT EXPO 2004, says a press release.
 arrow Australian scientists turn to swarms for new-generation weapons
AUSTRALIAN scientists are using the collective intelligence found in insect swarms to develop the next generation of hi-tech military hardware.
Star Chittagongarrow Plan to reorganise ‘underworld’,committees
Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) are likely to reorganise their Chittagong committees with an aim to do 'better' in the next general elections, sources here said.
 arrow CDA to build road-cum-embankment, new township along Karnaphuli
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has initiated a new project to construct a road-cum-embankment and develop a new township along the river Karnaphuli.
 arrow Emu arrived at Chittagong Zoo...

Star Cityarrow Forensic experts ignored in bomb blast probes
Forensic expertise has always been ignored in investigations into bomb blasts leading to unresolved mysteries, experts allege.
 arrow Hartal-gripped city broods in pain
The city spent a tensed yesterday with most people remaining indoors.
 arrow End of private car requisitions
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is going to repeal the provision 103 Ka (1) of the DMP Ordinance used for requisition of private vehicles and will introduce a new act in this regard.
 arrow Mayhem at mosque
The Gulistan Shishu Park Jame Mosque beside the Sergeant Ahad police box recently came under attack allegedly from the hired goons of a ward commissioner.
 arrow City to get 70 modern public toilets by Oct
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will construct 70 public toilets with modern facilities by October.
 arrow Dhaka Zoo to relocate animals
Dhaka Zoo is about to transfer 40 of its animals to different zoos across the country.

The tentative date to transport these animals to the designated zoos is fixed for August 29.