Vol. 5 Num 112 Tue. September 14, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Rain paralyses life
The unbroken spell of gusty winds and rains continued to lash Bangladesh for the third straight day yesterday, killing six people, swamping lowlands, shutting schools, offices and businesses and playing
 arrow Tornadoes strike Ctg upazilas
Tornadoes at the tail of a depression that has moved far inland from the Bay tossed at least 650 mud houses in Banshkhali and Sitakunda upazilas Sunday night and early yesterday, leaving some 50 people
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi starts river talks today
Water experts of Bangladesh and India meet here today to hammer out an acceptable modality of sharing the waters of the Teesta and six other common rivers.
 arrow AL walks out of JS for denying debate
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday walked out of parliament protesting what they said was reluctance of the ruling alliance to adjourn the scheduled business of the House to discuss the August
 arrow Torkel laments lack of probe progress
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Torkel L Patterson yesterday said he is 'concerned and disturbed' over the assassination attempt on Leader of Opposition Sheikh Hasina on August 21 and that
 arrow BNPPP blames AL for grenade attack
Ruling BNP lawmakers at a meeting of their parliamentary party yesterday blamed the opposition Awami League (AL) for the August 21 grenade attacks, terming it 'a pre-planned game'.
 arrow Two Interpol experts leave for HQ
Two Interpol experts yesterday left Dhaka for their headquarters in Lyon, France to submit the primary report of the probe into the August 21 carnage.
 arrow 5 electrocuted in capital
Five persons including a couple were electrocuted in yesterday's cloudburst and a man died when a boundary wall fell on him in the capital.
 arrow Wallich comes back
World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich returned Dhaka yesterday by a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok after a six-day stay abroad in the wake of a 'bomb threat', official sources said.
 arrow From oblivion to forefront
Maloti never dreamt of it and neither did others.

What a transformation! Sometimes she wonders.

 arrow Bill for women's reserved seats introduced
A bill was introduced in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday outlining a complex procedure of election to 45 reserved seats for women on the basis of proportional representation of a party or alliance in the
 arrow Rain holiday at edn instts today
All educational institutions in the Dhaka city remain close today due to heavy downpour caused by a depression in the Bay of Bengal, education ministry sources said.
 arrow Australia complete US demolition
Australian pacemen Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie took four wickets each to rip through the United States and set up a nine-wicket win in the ICC Champions Trophy match at the Rose Bowl, Southampton
 arrow US planes pound Iraq militant bases: 16 die
US forces launched air strikes on the rebel-held city of Falluja yesterday, targeting what they said was a meeting of key loyalists of their top foe in Iraq, Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
 arrow Rain Induced Havoc

 arrow EPW special issue rates Dhaka high
Internationally reputed publication Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) in a special issue on Bangladesh has rated the country high for its economic liberalisation drive but detected governance inefficiency
 arrow Federer lifts US Open
World number one Roger Federer put on a punishing display of power tennis here Sunday to defeat Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 in the US Open men's final.
 arrow Mysterious containers brought to Dhaka
Thirty-three cargo containers were brought to Dhaka from Chittagong port on Sunday night under tight security on suspicion that they might contain illegal arms.
 arrow Kamal hints at seeking HC help
Dr Kamal Hossain, chairman of Lawyers Inquiry Committee (LIC) on the August 21 carnage, yesterday hinted they will seek the High Court assistance if the government failed to provide required information
 arrow Mutilated Savar rape victim suffers gangrene
The housewife, reportedly gang-raped and left on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on August 22 with her throat cut, is suffering from gangrene, while police nabbed an accused Saturday.
 arrow Cabinet directs jail uplift
The cabinet yesterday at its regular meeting instructed the authorities concerned to take necessary measures for further improvement of jail administration.
 arrow Decapitated man identified as fax shop employee
A father yesterday identified the beheaded body retrieved in 5 pieces as his son, a phone-fax shop employee in Dhanmondi.
 arrow 4 drown in Padma
Four members of a family, including a child, drowned yesterday when a passenger-carrier trawler capsized in the Padma here.
 arrow Countrywide student strike called for today
Six opposition student organisations today enforce a countrywide strike at educational institutions protesting the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attack on their rally on

Dhaka University campus that

Businessarrow Heavy downpour forces business to a standstill
Business and economic activities virtually came to a standstill in Dhaka yesterday as most of the business centres including Motijheel commercial hub were inundated by incessant rains in the last twodays.
 arrow Supply dearth of woven fabrics poses threat to RMG export
As official statistics show a massive supply shortfall of locally produced woven fabrics, a determinant to qualify for GSP (generalised system of preferences) facilities in the EU market, apparel manufacturers
 arrow Dhaka intíl food fair from Sept 17
Lack of quality packaging and sufficient cargo facilities are the main obstacles to export of dried and processed food from Bangladesh, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) officials said yesterday.
 arrow Stop release of damaged vehicles from port sheds

Bangladesh Reconditioned Vehicles Importers & Dealers Association (Barvida) has urged the authorities to examine the used vehicles kept in the port sheds to stop release of "damaged" cars imported

 arrow Malaysia to miss target for balanced budget by 2006
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Monday that Malaysia will not be able to meet its earlier target of balancing the budget by 2006.

"We are not going to be obsessed with balancing the budget.

 arrow EU threatens to tighten Burma sanctions ahead of summit
The European Union confirmed Monday a threat to tighten sanctions against military-ruled Myanmar unless it meets key EU demands ahead of an EU-Asia summit next month.
 arrow Oil prices gain on hurricane worries
Oil prices bolted higher on Monday on fears of disruption to production and import activity in the Gulf of Mexico because of Hurricane Ivan, traders said.
 arrow Shell appoints Ranks Petroleum for marketing lubricants
Shell, a leading lubricant oil company, yesterday appointed Ranks Petroleum Ltd, a concern of Rangs Group, as its sole distributor for marketing lubricant products in Bangladesh.
 arrow Suzuki to build second car plant in India
Suzuki Motor, Japan's top mini-vehicle maker, said Monday it will build a second factory in India to produce and sell small passenger cars for the local market.
 arrow Russia may join WTO next year
Russia has made headway in its bid to become a member of the World Trade Organization and could join the Geneva-based body next year, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Jukov said here Monday.
 arrow Central Insurance declares 20pc stock dividend
Central Insurance Company Ltd declared a 20 percent stock dividend (bonus share) for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Bank regulators see confirmed world growth despite oil price
The world's top central bankers called for oil prices to be lowered Monday but said the high price of crude was not braking an overall recovery in world economic growth.
 arrow Seoul shares close sharply higher on blue chips
South Korean share prices closed up 1.86 percent Monday as foreign investors continued to snap up shares of Samsung Electronics and other technology blue chips, dealers said.
 arrow Japan-Thailand FTA talks start
Japan and Thailand began three days of working level talks here Monday on a free trade agreement, with the Japanese trade minister calling for sugar and foods containing starch to be excluded from the
Sportsarrow Cricket: Multi-Mushfiq
There was sheer frustration written on the faces among the majority of a 2,400 crowd, most of whom carried the colours of Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy wary of India
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq told his side Monday to beware an India team without star batsman Sachin Tendulkaz when they meet in the ICC Chamxions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting's query
Australia captain Ricky Ponting offered some veiled criticism of the International Cricket Council on Monday after his side's annihilation of the United States in their ICC Champions Trophy clash at Southampton.
 arrow Tennis: The people's champion
Roger Federer never thought in his "wildest lreams" he would win the US Open.
 arrow Cricket: Win appeases Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith promised no one in his side would ever take winning for granted after the Proteas' nine-wicket victory against Bangladesh at Edgbaston ended a 10-game one-day international
 arrow Tennis: What went wrong?
Appearances, they say, can be deceptive. Statistics are often misleading. But facts never lie.
 arrow Football: Time to settle down
David Beckham is renowned for preferring the quiet life in the company of his family, which is more than can be said for his neighbours -- Brazilian stars Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos.
 arrow Football: It's showtime
Real Madrid will rekindle unhappy memories for Bayer Leverkusen, AC Milan head to Ukraine and Chelsea aim to add to Paris St Germain's misery when the Champions League kicks off this week.
 arrow Football: Strong Juve start
Serie A title hopefuls Juventus and AS Roma made winning starts on Sunday, gaining an early advantage on rivals AC Milan and Inter who were held to draws on Saturday.
 arrow Football: FIFA looks into double-headers
FIFA is to re-examine arrangements for playing international double-headers to help ease the strain on players, clubs and their coaches.
 arrow Torres on fire
Atletico Madrid joined Barcelona and Real Madrid as the only teams in the Primera Liga with 100 percent records after striker Fernando Torres helped them to a 2-0 win over Albacete on Sunday.
 arrow Football: That's Di Canio!
Lazio's temperamental forward Paolo Di Canio has made up with Simone Inzaghi after falling out with his strike partner during the Serie A side's 1-0 victory away to Sampdoria.
 arrow Football: Mourinho in trouble
New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could face sanction for his attack on the referee in charge of Saturday's goalless draw against Aston Villa.
 arrow Cricket: Basher told to stay back
Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar has been advised to stay in Australia for another week after he had a checkup on his injured right thumb yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lord's starts to take new look
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has closed the pavilion at Lord's to start an 8.2-million-pound re-fit.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya BCCI's Patron-in-Chief
Indian cricket board president Jagmohan Dalmiya was named the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) first ever Patron-in-Chief.
 arrow Chess: Uttara take solo lead
Uttara Central Chess Club dropped one point in the second round but a 3-1 win over Mitra Chess Club at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday was enough for them to take solo lead in theMetropolitan
 arrow Tennis: A first for France
Amelie Mauresmo became the first French tennis player to be ranked number one in the world on Monday.
 arrow Football: Pioneer final deferred
The final of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League between Dhaka Junior Sporting Club and Friends Social Welfare Organisation scheduled for today has been cancelled due to inclement weatherand
Metropolitanarrow 'Micro-credit programme to be expanded to cut poverty'
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the micro-credit programme will be further expanded in rural areas to alleviate poverty.
 arrow Change negative attitude towards women: Moyeen
Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday called for effective participation of women in politics to strengthen democratic process in the country.
 arrow Shop owner murdered
A shop owner was stabbed to death by his elder brother following a feud over property at Tejgaon in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tk 3 cr 'rotten' imported wheat seized at Syedpur
Police on Sunday seized 11 truckloads of "rotten and stinky" wheat while a consignment imported from India was being unloaded at the goods yard of Syedpur railway station.
 arrow Attack at DU condemned
Teachers of Rajshahi and Chittagong universities and different student bodies have strongly condemned Saturday's attack on the office of Dhaka University Teacher Association (DUTA) President Prof AAMS
 arrow Males flee homes after outlaw lynched
Most of the males in 14 villages in Bardal and Khajra unions in Assasuni upazila are fleeing homes fearing arrest by police and retaliation by armed accomplices of slain Damodar Mondol, a leader of outlawed
 arrow Minipuri weavers seek time to repay loans
Flood affected weavers of Monipuri community in Kamalgonj upazila in the district need more time to repay loans distributed by the Bangladesh Handloom Board.
 arrow They pour salt water to destroy saplings
Believe it or not, they are watering saplings not to nurse but to destroy those. They are pouring salt water.
 arrow Acid attack on father-in-law for dowry
A son-in-law threw acid on his father-in-law at Shikermari village in Sunderganj upazila on Saturday.
 arrow Teenagers held with bomb-making materials
Betagi thana police in Barguna arrested six teenagers with bomb-making materials in the early hours of Sunday.
 arrow Rangpur poura market traders down shutters
Businessmen at Rangpur municipal market observed a day-long strike on Sunday in protest against filing of a case against some of the traders by Municipal Chairman Abdur Rouf Manik for allegedly ransacking
 arrow Boy killed in attack on Milad
Unidentified armed miscreants swooped on a Milad Mahfil (Muslim religious function) and shot a minor boy dead at Chandipur village on the outskirts of Barisal city Saturday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Foreign Minister calls a spade a spade
There seems to be a debate in some quarters in Bangladesh as to whether Foreign Minister M.
 arrow The Arms Act (1878) needs improvements
A recent newspaper report said that the country's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and the police have been competing against each other as to who can recover more illegal weapons from the hands of terrorists.
Culturearrow Sharer Lorai: The rural bullfighting
Matadors fight bulls in Spain and Portugal. Dressed in colourful traditional costume, a red piece of cloth in his hand and heroic courage in the heart, a matador keep{ on enraging a bull inside the arena.
 arrow Padatik's new production
On September 12, the actors, director as well as the technical crew spent a busy day at the Experimental Theatre Stage. The occasion was the technical show of the new production of Padatik Natya Shongshod--Jolbalika.
 arrow Dia to play Rina Brown in Saptapadi remake
Imagine the effervescently Anglicised Suchitra Sen going on a pleasure ride with Uttam Kumar singing Ei path jodi na sesh hoy in Ajoy Kar's 1961 blockbuster, Saptapadi.
 arrow Pet Shop Boys unveil soundtrack
The Pet Shop Boys unveiled their new soundtrack to the 1925 film Ba|tleship Potemkin at a 'unique' free concer| in London's Trafalgaz Square on September 12.
Generalarrow Strengthen local govt for democracy
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas yesterday underscored the need for strengthening the local government for promoting democratic practices.
 arrow Pourasavas, UPs take bribes for services
Poursavas and Union Parishads in greater Mymensingh took bribes from the people for different services such as approval of house building plan and dispute resolution, a Transparency International Bangladesh
 arrow Policy to monitor pvt TV channels soon
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said that it was not the main objective of the government to run Bangladesh Television (BTV) on commercial basis and a profiting organisation.
 arrow 22,500 tonnes of Australian wheat for the poor
Bangladesh has received a consignment of 22,500 metric tons of wheat from Australia under a bilateral agreement between the two countries for the current fiscal.
 arrow Abdullah Harun passes away
Abdullah-Al-Harun, former MPA, senior Awami League leader and acting Pro- Vice-chancellor of University Science and Technology of Chittagong (USTC), died of a severe stroke at his residence here yesterday
 arrow Standard Chartered sponsors English language learning column
Standard Chartered Bank and the British Council signed an agreement recently to help improve English language skills among the learners, says a press release.
 arrow DU urged to set up Humayun Azad research chair
Dhaka University Teachers Association Sunday urged the Dhaka University (DU) authorities to set up a research foundation or a research chair after the name of eminent linguist and writer Humayun Azad.
Internationalarrow No deadline for Iran's nuclear probe: UN
UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei said yesterday that there was no deadline for ending an investigation into Iran's nuclear programme.
 arrow UN, aid agencies pull staff from Afghan city
The United Nations and several non-governmental aid agencies withdrew staff from the troubled Afghan city of Herat yesterday after their offices were targeted in deadly rioting.
 arrow 'Iraq elections to go ahead on schedule'
Iraq's elections will go ahead as scheduled in January even if some Iraqis are unable to vote due to the security situation in the country, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said in an interview published
 arrow Putin calls for 'radical' shakeup in N Caucasus
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a "radical renewal" of government struct}res and operations in the north Caucasus in order to fight terror.
 arrow 'Arafat assured of election victory'
Yasser Arafat's re-election in polls planned for early next year looks almost certain, despite the veteran Palestinian leader's isolation by both Israel and the Americans, but his mainstream Fatah party
 arrow BJP ruled states to enact separate terror laws if Pota repealed
Six Indian states ruled by Hindu nationalists will pass their own anti-terror laws if the new government goes ahead with plans to scrap a sweeping law enacted after 9/11, a party official said yesterday.
 arrow 'Top officials knew of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo in 2002'
Top officials in US President George W. Bush's administration knew of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay by late 2002, according to extracts from a book by a US journalist published in the Guardian newspaper.
 arrow N Korea says it blew up mountain
North Korea has given its first explanation for a huge blast last week which prompted speculation it had carried out a n}clear test.
 arrow Democrats make few gains in HK polls
Hong Kong pro-democracy candidates, stung by scandal, made limited gains against the Beijing camp in legislative polls as voters wary of alienating their communist rulers chose stability, results showed
 arrow Ivan eyes Cuba, Mexico after slamming Caymans
Hurricane Ivan, one of the fiercest Atlantic storms recorded, headed toward Cuba yesterday after pummeling the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Grenada on a track that eventually will bring it to the US coast.
 arrow Bush whipped in lingerie video?
As if Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 wasn't enough, Republicans now get steamed up by a four-minute video of a ruthless dominatrix whipping US President George W Bush in the Oval Office.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka-Delhi meeting
The two-day long meeting of the Bangladesh-India Joint Commission of Experts of the Joint River Commission, beginning in Dhaka today, is significant for a number of reasons.
 arrow Editorial: Capital deluged
Rain has been falling in Dhaka for the last 48 hours, threatening to flood many parts of the city and render movement impossible.
 arrow Massacre and scare
A reign of panic seems to be prevailing in the country over threats of bomb blasts. The other day, little children of a school were forced to run hastily for cover following a bomb threat.
 arrow The ostrich of Delhi
The chief attraction at the Gupta Shudh Vaishnav Bhojanalaya, one of the honourable pitstops for heavy traffic on the highway between Pathankot and Jammu, was a large kiosk selling Lay's potato chips.
Letters to Editorarrow Politics and social space
Politics and the politicians occupy too much social space in Dhaka, creating unnatural peaks in human interface. The trend has not changed since the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.
 arrow Not interested in politics!
As a veteran citizen (double-retired professionally) I have once again lost interest in politics.
 arrow E-politics?
With about 18 leaders of the main opposition party away abroad on treatment (suffering from the "21/8" aftereffects), how the party managing committee will run and take decisions, vital to national interest?
 arrow Tea industry
"Tea research hampered" is the headline in The Daily Star of Aug 28.