Vol. 5 Num 94 Fri. August 27, 2004   Second Edition 
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Front Pagearrow Interpol to help probe rally attack
Interpol will assist Bangladesh in investigating Saturday's deadly grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally that killed 19 people and injured 200 others, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Hasina rejects talks with Khaleda
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday categorically rejected any dialogue with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, holding the government responsible for the grenade attack on her rally that killed
 arrow Dhaka turns into sea of mourners
Dhaka City turned into a sea of mourners yesterday as thousands of grieved people paraded through different streets to mourn the dead from Saturday's grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally in its
 arrow Ensure transparent, quick investigation
The presidency of the European Union has asked the government to ensure that the probe into Saturday's grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally is transparent and without political interference, enjoying
 arrow Suspected email sender held
Intelligence agents have picked up a man suspecting that he sent an email from a cyber cafe to a leading newspaper threatening to kill Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina in a week, sources said.
 arrow AL turns down investigators' plea to hand bullet-hit SUV
A personal officer of Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday turned down an appeal of the investigators to take Hasina's bullet- and splinter-riddled sports utility vehicle (SUV) into theircustody.
 arrow Furious Buriganga devours 14 more Basila houses
The residents of Basila trembled in redoubled panic yesterday as an insatiable channel of Buriganga River devoured 14 more houses and continued to claw at hundreds of other buildings in the area.
 arrow Azad's body arrives at 1pm today
The body of Dhaka University (DU) professor and eminent writer Humayun Azad arrives on a Bangladesh Biman flight at 1:00pm today, his family said.
 arrow 19 diplomats meet Hasina, condemn attack
Nineteen foreign diplomats yesterday called on opposition leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence and said Saturday's attack was against Bangladesh's independence,
 arrow Bomb threats to schools
In Mohammadpur in the capital an anonymous caller threatened to blow up a school and another claimed a bomb was planted in a university building there yesterday.
 arrow Razzak flies to Delhi for better treatment
Awami League (AL) presidium member Abdur Razzak MP who was injured in Saturday's ghastly grenade attacks flew to India for further treatment yesterday.
 arrow 74 killed in Kufa violence
Talks have started between representatives of rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr and Iraq's Shia spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, a spokesman for Sistani said yesterday.
 arrow CID lacks explosion investigation ability
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the only agency in police department to deal with bomb blast incidents, has little capability to deal with post-blast situation and carry out investigation
 arrow MPs plan to impeach Blair over Iraq war
Eleven members of the British parliament plan to invoke a parliamentary procedure last used more than 150 years ago to impeach Prime Minister Tony Blair over the war in Iraq, newspapers say.
 arrow BNP defers Saturday's rallies to avoid clash
The ruling coalition leader BNP has deferred its countrywide programme of rallies protesting bomb attacks from Saturday to Monday to avoid possible confrontation with tomorrow's countrywide dawn-to-dusk
 arrow Move to coax trade bodies to rally round govt fails
A move of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) to rally the business community behind the government in the current volatile political situation appears to have stumbled
 arrow Saifur sees AL rally attack blow to economy
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said Saturday's grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally has dealt a severe blow to the economy, which has been put on a solid footing overthe
 arrow 2 more upazilas to be formed
The government yesterday decided to create two more new upazilas in Moulvibazar and Comilla districts to strengthen local administration.
 arrow Nazrul's death anniversary today
Nation today observes the 28th death anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh.
 arrow Bigots to capture Ahmadiyya mosque today
Dhaka is bracing for a probable confrontation, as religious fanatics march today to capture the Ahmadiyya headquarters in Bakshibazar and the civil society gathers there to resist them.
 arrow Ten N'ganj shops looted
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth about Tk 8 lakh from 10 shops of a Narayanganj co-operative market at Chashara yesterday.

The robbers looted Tk 1.

 arrow Please tell me, he's alive

 arrow Qulkhwani of Ivy today
Qulkhwani of Awami League (AL) Women's Affairs Secretary Ivy Rahman will be held at her Gulshan residence today after Asr prayers.
 arrow Air-powered Motor Vehicle a Reality Now
An Australian inventor claims to have made the world's first commercially-viable motor vehicle powered by compressed air.
Businessarrow Ministry opposes BoI nod to 16 sugar refineries
Fearing a market saturation with over production, the Ministry of Industries has opposed the registration of 16 private sugar refineries with the Board of Investment (BoI).
 arrow DSE automated trading engine to be upgraded
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is planning to upgrade its automated trading system, a move officials hope will further streamline stock trading in the secondary market.
 arrow Dhaka hosts int'l plastic fair in October
As plastic industry is grappling with high price of raw materials, mostly petroleum by-products, local manufacturers will try to expand market when they organise a four-day international plastic fairin
 arrow India's outsourcing industry faces challenge
Emerging nations in Southeast Asia and central Europe could eat up 45 percent of India's share of the booming outsourcing market as the sector failed to draft a longterm strategy to stay ahead, a topglobal
 arrow India may dig into forex reserves to curb inflation
India's central bank is likely to dig deeper into its war chest of foreign exchange reserves to bolster the rupee as it tries to contain inflationary pressure and cushion the economy from high crude oil
 arrow China’s booming economy yet to get soft landing: IMF
A soft landing for China's booming economy is not yet assured, the International Monetary Fund said yesterday, despite measures by Beijing to curb credit and slow investment in overheated sectors.
 arrow No surcharge on remittance sent thru’ banks
The government has not imposed any flood surcharge on remittances being sent through banking channels and it has no plan to do so in future.
 arrow Date show from Sept 5
A two-day exhibition of Pakistani dates, organised by Pakistan Export Promotion Bureau, will begin at Sheraton Hotel here on September 5.
 arrow CSE training on tax Management begins
A weeklong professional training course on tax management began yesterday at the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) conference hall.
 arrow Singapore July factory output up 19pc
Singapore's industrial production in July rose 19 percent from a year ago on solid contributions from the electronics sector and transport engineering, the government said Thursday.
 arrow US jobless claims rise
The queue of people filing new claims for jobless benefits grew last week, hurt by damage to businesses caused by Hurricane Charley, a US government report showed Thursday.
 arrow Indian parliament passes budget
India's parliament passed the annual budget Thursday as opposition lawmakers boycotted the vote, accusing the country's premier of insulting them after they refused to debate the spending bill.
 arrow Oil prices climb amid attacks on pipelines
World oil prices rebounded slightly Thursday in the wake of multiple pipeline attacks in major producer Iraq, traders said.
 arrow Japan's exports to Asia hit record high in July
Japanese exports to Asia hit a record high in July boosted by strong regional demand for equipment to make semiconductors and liquid crystal displays (LCDs), the finance ministry said Thursday.
 arrow Mitsubishi Motors to scale back ties with DaimlerChrysler
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has decided to reduce the scope of its business cooperation with DaimlerChrysler AG, a report said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Hercules is Iranian!
There may be no such thing as perfection but it takes a brave man to tell Hoss-ein Rezazadeh, the world's st-rongest man, that he is doing it all wrong.

Shane Hamman was willing to try, though.

 arrow Football: Anxious Abahani
Security concerns are on the back of Abahani players' minds when they face Premier Divi-sion runners-up against Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in today's match of the Nitol-Tata National Football League.
 arrow Hail Halkia
Greek sensation Fani Halkia blitzed to gold in the Olympic women's 400 metres hurdles on Wednesday to confirm her meteoric rise in the world elite.

Halkia, a no-hoper last year, raced home in 52.

 arrow Jones in long jump final
Triple champion Marion Jones made a low-key return to Olympic competition on Wednesday by successfully qualifying for Friday's women's long jump final.
 arrow Cricket: Saleh looking forward
The Bangladesh cricket team left for London yesterday morning to take part in next month's ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s lose 2nd ODI
The Bangladesh U-19 cricketers lost the second one-day international against England U-19s by 8 wickets at Hove in Sussex yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Ibrahim in town
New Bangladesh hockey coach Qamar Ibrahim arrived in the capital yesterday.
 arrow No rescheduling
Australia have rejected a proposal to reschedule the rain-affected Videocon Cup triangular one-day tournament in the Netherlands that also features Pakistan and India, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
 arrow A giant symbol
A giant man placing his blue boots in the centre of a yellow mat would be a strange sight to the uninitiated. But to American Rulon Gardner, the symbolism was huge.
 arrow History awaits Dutch, Aussies
The Nether-lands will ba-ttle for a hatt-rick of Olym-pic men's field hockey gold medals on Friday against Australia, the best team never to have won the title.
 arrow Captain's act
Marvan Atapattu slammed a solid 97 not out on a difficult pitch as Sri Lanka wrapped up the one-day series with a four-wicket victory over South Africa in the third match here.
 arrow Cricket: Warne, Bowler reprimanded
Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne has been reprimanded by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following an incident during a County Championship game in Somerset last week.
 arrow Cricket: Virus strikes Tendulkar, Akhtar
Sachin Tendulkar will not have fond memories of this tour of Holland.
 arrow Chess: Sagar still on top
Bangladesh's Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar won his sixth straight match in the Telegraph Schools Chess in Kolkata on Wednesday.

The youngster shared the lead with two other players with maximum six points.

 arrow Chess: Rating Chess
The Destiny 2000 Open FIDE Rating chess tournament will begin today at 3 pm at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium.
 arrow Ukrainian rower latest drug cheat
Ukraine have lost the rowing bronze medals they won in the women's quadruple sculls on Sunday after crew member Olena Olefirenko tested positive for a prohibited stimulant.
 arrow Football: In a league of their own
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed his side's record-breaking unbeaten run as "amazing" and then demanded his team never let their guard drop.
 arrow Football: Top bras up where they belong
Euro giants Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United qualified for the European champions League groups stages on Wednesday night as the established order in European football was respected.
 arrow Football: Decision time on Rooney
Everton were set Thursday to respond to Manchester United's offer for Wayne Rooney after the Old Trafford club joined Newcastle in the race to snap up the England striker.
 arrow Feet of greatness?
Argentina has not won an Olympic gold medal in any event since 1952.
 arrow Judge has mercy on Diego
An Argentine judge overseeing Diego Maradona's drug rehabilitation Wed-nesday said the football great can travel abroad for addiction treatment as long as it was to a site with a serious program.
 arrow Football: Real deny Figo talks
Premiership club Tottenham have not made an offer to sign Portuguese midfield maestro Luis Figo, Spanish giants Real Madrid said in a statement.
Metropolitanarrow Three Pak women get life
A Dhaka court yesterday handed down life term to three Pakistani women for trafficking 14 kilograms of heroin into Bangladesh on May 21 last year.

The convicts are Noor Jahan, Nazma and Kohinoor.

 arrow Tk 26 lakh donated for flood victims
More organisations and institutions yesterday donated about Tk 26 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-affected people.
 arrow One shot, another hurt in bomb blast
Unidentified miscreants shot and injured a contractor in Mohammadpur area and a teenage boy was injured in a bomb explosion at Tejgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Maj Gen Fazle Elahi Akbar made UN Commander in Sudan
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed Major General Fazle Elahi Akbar of Bangladesh Army as UN Force Commander in the United Nations Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) for one year, said an ISPR release
Point-Counterpointarrow Carnage at Bangabandhu Avenue: What next?
The commando style operation on the life of Sheikh Hasina and slaughter of Awami League leaders and supporters has shocked the nation.
 arrow As I saw Ivy Rahman
I first saw Ivy Rahman in 1966/1967 at Eden College as a student.
Culturearrow Kazi Nazrul Islam
Sudhin Das, the renowned exponent of Nazrul songs for over half a century, has almost single handedly worked painstakingly to authenticate the original notation of Nazrul Sangeet, the 'swaralipi'.
 arrow The chemistry of Nazrul-Abbasuddin duo
Eid-ul-Fitr is never complete for the Bangali Muslims without Kazi Nazrul Islam's wonderful song O mon Ramjaner oi rojar sheshey elo khushir Eid.
 arrow Prevent distortions of Nazrul Sangeet--Khalid Husain
Khalid Husain, an eminent Nazrul singer, recently talked about different aspects of Nazrul Sangeet.
 arrow Kazi Nazrul Islam at different stages of his life

Generalarrow Students urged to unite to oust govt
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday urged the student community to unite to oust the BNP-Jamaat coalition government through observing indefinite strike at educational institutions across the country.
 arrow CID presses charges against 10
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against listed criminal 'Dakat' Shahid and nine others for the murder of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Commissioner Binoy Krishna
 arrow 65 bodies to beautify, maintain city road medians and islands
A total of 65 private and government organisations have been given the responsibility for the beautification and maintenance of road medians and islands in the city for four years.
 arrow 14 get life for killing one in Jhenidah
A Jhenidah Court yesterday sentenced 14 people to life imprisonment for killing one Ismail Mondal about four years ago.
 arrow Judgement on Aug 30
Additional and District Sessions Judge Court Kushtia-1 has fixed August 30 for the delivery of the judgement in the sensational JSD leader Kazi Aref Ahmed Murder Case.
 arrow Arrest of killers of journalist demanded
Journalists of Manikchhari Press Club submitted a memorandum to the state minister for home through the deputy commissioner on Wednesday demanding immediate arrest of and punishment to the killers oftheir
 arrow One hanged at Comilla jail
One person was hanged at Comilla jail on Wednesday night for killing his wife.
 arrow Antique statue worth Tk 1 cr recovered
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized an antique statue of black stone worth about Tk 1.05 crore from Shanta Digor Village in Panchbibi Upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Financial help for the injured in grenade attack
Awami League (AL) leader Haji Mohammad Selim yesterday gave Tk 10,000 to each injured persons who are undergoing treatment in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) following the grenade attack on AL rally
 arrow Protect national interest
Information Minister Shamsul Islam yesterday called on the private television channels to give importance to protecting the national interest while presenting news.
 arrow Over 1,200 held
Police arrested 1,294 more people on various charges during their ongoing countrywide drive yesterday.

The law enforcers also recovered 10 firearms, eight other weapons and 17 rounds of bullet.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Protect the Ahmadiyya Complex
We view with deep concern the threat of capture of the Ahmadiyya prayer house in Dhaka. A fanatical religious group couched under the name of 'Amra Dhakabashi' had given out the threat to do so on 28August.
 arrow Editorial: Security lapses inside jail
We are alarmed by the grave security lapses at the Dhaka Central Jail in recent times.
 arrow Time to call a spade a spade
I don't know why I am surprised that, in the wake of the attack on the AL rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on Saturday that killed 20 and left over 200 injured, some people would choose to focus on the misdeeds
 arrow Time for healing
Last Saturday bombs rained down on a public rally, killing many people and injuring even many more, instantly turning a congregation of protesting people into a muddle of murder and mayhem.
 arrow Perry's Fiction Coming True?
Alot of hue and cry was raised in Bangladesh in the last week of 2002 over the issue of "Deadly Cargo" -- an article written by Alex Perry in Time magazine.
Letters to Editorarrow Adieu, Ivy
I am extremely shocked to read about Saturday's attack on Sheikh Hasina's meeting. I offer my condolences for those who lost their lives. I have no words to console Mr.
 arrow Are we failing as a nation?
I would like to believe that we haven't come to a point yet where we are made to wonder whether we are really failing as a nation.
 arrow Grenade inside jail
After the brutal grenade attack on the main oppositions meeting, at least 2 unexploded grenades were found on the spot. One of which had its safety ring on.
 arrow Poor handling of the crisis
Last Saturday's grenade attack on the Awami League rally was the most heinous attack on democracy not seen since the Bangabandhu family massacre in 1975.
 arrow Give peace a chance
I am writing to express my appreciation of the editor's article that I read just now in the Internet edition of The Daily Star.
 arrow CMH
I was reading an article in The Daily Star of the 22 August, 2004, titled "Horror Descends On Trauma Wards" listing out situations in different hospitals after the bombing.
 arrow We condemn...
I vehemently condemn the attack on the leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina. I was utterly shocked when I first heard of it. It left me speechless, I felt angry and helpless at the same time.
 arrow Terrorists dominate
The attempt on the life of Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina clearly shows that Bangladesh today has been overtaken by terrorists.
 arrow An expatriate's thoughts
I sent a letter to my son who lives in Sydney informing him of the deteriorating law and order situation in the country following the recent grenade attack on the Awami League leaders on the 21st of
Urbanarrow A breath of fresh air
Celebrated Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959) is often credited with pioneering the integration of the inside of a house with the outside, initiated in his prairie houses, the crucial swing from
 arrow Landscape architecture through the ages
As early as the 3rd millennium BC, the Egyptians planted gardens within the walled enclosures surrounding their homes.
Worldarrow Tigers testing tolerance threshold, warns Lanka
Sri Lanka yesterday warned Tamil Tiger rebels that they were testing the limits of the government's tolerance with their stepped-up attacks against political rivals.
 arrow Rebels bomb buses in Assam: 5 killed
Five people were killed and 42 wounded yesterday when militants blew up a passenger bus and another bus carrying soldiers and their families in northeastern India, officials said.
 arrow Manmohan loses patience with opposition
India's mild-mannered prime minister finally lost his patience with the Hindu nationalist-led opposition which brought parliament to a halt during his first 90 days in office, reports said yesterday.
 arrow Flash floods wash away 29 in Uttaranchal
Twenty-nine labourers were washed away early yesterday in flash floods in Kailashu river at Akrouli village in Udhampur Nagar district.
 arrow Taliban threaten Rumsfeld, vow 'flood of jihad'
Afghanistan's Taliban fighters threatened yesterday to kill US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and vowed "a flood of jihad" against the Americans, in a statement posted on their website.
 arrow Gujarat govt faces fire as riot probe drags on
Police and officials in Gujarat are slowly starting to reveal how Hindu nationalists ruling the western Indian state either turned a blind eye or deliberately inflamed deadly Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002.
 arrow Pakistan denies aiding Taliban, other militants
Pakistan's UN ambassador fired back Wednesday at allegations his country was aiding Taliban and other elements trying to undermine neighbouring Afghanistan and its presidential election.
 arrow Pak opposition fields candidate for PM's post
Pakistan's opposition parties yesterday put forward their jailed leader as candidate in a rubber-stamp parliamentary vote for prime minister against the ruling party candidate, ex-finance minister Shaukat
 arrow Blast kills 1 in S Thailand on eve of PM's trip
A bomb ripped through a food market in Thailand's troubled Muslim south yesterday killing one person and injuring at least 24 others, including police and soldiers, on the eve of a visit by the primeminister,
 arrow Prisoners 'to get Afghan trials'
The American military in Afgh-anistan has said prisoners it is holding there will eventually be handed over for trial in Afghan courts.
 arrow 2 Maoists shot dead during strike in S Nepal
Nepalese troops yesterday shot dead two Maoist rebels when the guerrillas fighting to overthrow the monarchy blocked vehicles in the south of the country, an official said.
 arrow Israel closes highway, Rafah crossing
Israel yesterday closed down the checkpoints along the trans-Gaza highway and the Rafah border crossing with Egypt after specific warnings about militant attacks, an army spokesman said.
 arrow Terrorism main focus of plane crash probe
An official close to Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that the probe into the near-simultaneous crash of two planes regarded a terrorist attack as the leading hypothesis, ITAR-TASS news
 arrow Taiwanese village buried by mudslide
Rescuers yesterday recovered the bodies of 15 people buried by a mudslide which flattened a village in northern Taiwan, as East Asia cleaned up and counted the cost of Typhoon Aere.
 arrow A thirsty world awaits better access to potable water
2.6 billion human beings -- over 40 percent of the planet's inhabitants -- lack basic sanitation, and more than one billion people still drink unsafe water, two UN organisations warned yesterday.
 arrow Sudan dismisses UN ultimatum on Darfur
Sudan will ignore a UN Security Council deadline to end militia attacks in Darfur by the end of the month and instead resolve the crisis through African Union peace talks, Khartoum's chief negotiatorsaid
 arrow Albright blasts Bush's Iraq policy
Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright harshly criticised President George W. Bush and especially his Iraq policy during a visit to Stockholm on a book tour, Swedish media reported yesterday.