Vol. 5 Num 113 Wed. September 15, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Rain-induced flood wrecks havoc
Four days of record downpour petered out into a drizzle yesterday evening, but Bangladesh reeled from floods that killed at least 19 people, adjourned parliament, forced the closure of schools, offices
 arrow Democracy faces derailment
Bangladesh risks derailing from the democratic path unless both the government and the opposition parties work together to solve the present crisis, said US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Torkel
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi hopeful of Teesta formula
As a two-day Bangladesh-India Joint Committee of Experts (JCE) meeting began in Dhaka yesterday, both sides expressed hope to reach a consensus on the water sharing of the Teesta and six other commonrivers.
 arrow JS set for stand-off
An ongoing wrangle between the treasury bench and the main opposition over the mode of discussion on the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally is likely to culminate in yet another parliamentary
 arrow Move to put WB above the law
Amidst stiff opposition from the civil society, left politicians and human rights groups, a bill proposing unprecedented blanket immunity to the World Bank in its operations in Bangladesh is likely to
 arrow 73 die in Iraq violence
At least 73 people were killed yesterday in a Baghdad car bombing and in an ambush on police in Baquba, claimed by al-Qaeda-linked militants, as fighting flared between US troops and insurgents in Ramadi.
 arrow Safety concerns may shrink FDI: AmCham
American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Bangladesh yesterday expressed deep concern over the safety of foreign investors, which it said might have a negative impact on foreign investment in the country.
 arrow 90pc bribes officials for land registration
About ninety percent of households are forced to bribe field level land officials for registration of land as corruption and lack of transparency and accountability reign supreme in land administration,
 arrow 8 bodies float in morgue
Eight unidentified mutilated bodies were floating on knee-deep water in the Dhaka Medical College (DMC) morgue yesterday spreading germs and stink as the morgue and its surrounding areas have been waterlogged
 arrow Good governance at mercy of grafts
Systemic corruption poses a serious challenge to the efforts to promote good governance in Bangladesh, said a report by Transparency International (TI) yesterday.
 arrow Lanka scrape through
Tillakaratne Dilshan steered Sri Lanka to a scratchy four-wicket win over Zimbabwe in their Champions Trophy match at the Oval on Tuesday but the Africans go home with pride restored after a spiritedperformance.
 arrow India to focus on jt border operations
New Delhi yesterday demanded joint security operations with Dhaka to dismantle alleged anti-Indian insurgent camps in Bangladesh.
 arrow Tension mounts as Ahmadiyyas replace bigots' signboard
Tension mounted in Khulna city yesterday as Ahmadiyyas pulled down signboard from Nirala Ahmadiyya Mosque Complex triggering fierce demonstrations by the Islamic bigots.
 arrow JCD man to die, six get life
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday awarded death penalty to one and rigorous imprisonment (RI) for life to six others in the sensational Khagrachhari Hindu priest Madan Gopal Goswami
 arrow GP reaches 2 million subscribers
Leading cellular company GrameenPhone Limited (GP) has crossed 2 million subscribers and aims to double the number in a year.
 arrow Indefinite strike at DU from today
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) begins an indefinite work stoppage today to press home its demand for punishment of those involved in Saturday's attacks and rampage on the university campus.
 arrow Policing rain-struck
Police activities in the capital almost came to a standstill for the last two days due to unbroken spell of gusty wind and cloudburst sweeping across Bangladesh.
 arrow Life Waterlogged

 arrow Robbers stab 2, loot Badda house
Robbers stabbed a college employee and his daughter, and beat up other family members before looting valuables worth Tk 1.8 lakh from his Badda house during cloudburst early yesterday.
 arrow 2 electrocuted in the city
Two more persons were electrocuted in the capital yesterday in the wake of three-day's downpour.
 arrow AB Bank staff dies from 5-storey fall
Subrata Roy, 36, an official of AB Bank main branch died Monday night falling from a five-storey under-construction building in Demra.
 arrow Sharon insists on Arafat expulsion
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon insisted yesterday Yasser Arafat would be expelled from the West Bank, adding that the Palestinian leader would be dealt with in the same way as two assassinated heads
 arrow African catfish in National Press Club premises...

 arrow Rainwater invades 8 DU halls
Torrential rains in the last three days have flooded parts of Dhaka University (DU) campus with rainwater entering eight halls including two for women students that have already been evacuated.
 arrow 4 more bodies recovered in Sirajganj
Four more bodies were recovered yesterday from Jamuna River in the district, raising the death toll from the Sunday's boat capsize to 11.
 arrow France wants extensive investigation
French Ambassador Michel Lummaux at a meeting with Leader of Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said his government wants an extensive inquiry into the August 21 grenade attacks on Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Making the best of the deluge ..

 arrow Third cop to walk gallows on Sept 29
The third policeman convicted of gang-raping and then killing Yasmin, a teenage girl, in Dinajpur will be hanged to death at Rangpur central jail after the midnight of September 29, official sources said
Businessarrow Record rainfalls leave businesses in disarray
Businesses in the capital's prime commercial hub Motijheel were in disarray yesterday with non-stop rains continuing for the fourth consecutive day, adding miseries to city commuters.
 arrow Saifur seeks more IDB finance to achieve millennium goals
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has urged the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to provide additional financing to its least developed member countries (LDMCs) like Bangladesh to help achieve
 arrow Beijing responds to Dhaka's call for reducing trade gap
Beijing responded positively to an appeal by Dhaka to minimise the huge trade gap by sending a purchase delegation to make a shopping list of Bangladeshi items.
 arrow Indian tea plantation workers call strike
Tea plantation workers in India's northeastern state of Assam have called a strike to protest the deaths of 600 members of their community to waterborne diseases, for which they blame management, a unionist
 arrow AirAsia's Thai unit launches Phuket flights with 17 cent promo fare
Thai AirAsia will launch in November a new budget service from Singapore to the Thai resort of Phuket at a promotional fare of 29 Singapore cents (17 US cents) for a one-way ticket, the carrier said Tuesday.
 arrow Oil climbs as Ivan approaches US
World oil prices rose on Tuesday as Hurricane Ivan charged toward the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico, where energy companies had evacuated thousands of offshore workers and shut some production.
 arrow Opec likely to stand firm on quotas, rejects supply fears
Opec appears unlikely to hike official production rates at a key meeting on Wednesday as members of the cartel dismiss fears of an energy crisis and note that they are already pumping oil at near capacity.
 arrow India, S Africa get ready to toast special ties
Indian President Abdul Kalam arrives in South Africa on Tuesday for a visit that will celebrate the special ties between the first country to turn its back on the apartheid regime and the new democratic
 arrow US current account gap grows to record
The US current account gap widened again in the second quarter, growing to a record $166.18 billion, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday.
 arrow Toyota Motor to boost capital expenditure to $9.5b
Top Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. will boost its year to March capital spending to 1.05 trillion yen (9.5 billion dollars), 60 billion yen more than the original projection, a report said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers start from scratch
Bangladesh will get one last chance to restore their battered image in the ICC Champions Trophy when they take on West Indies in their second and final Pool B match at the Rose Bowl today.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud contests his omission
Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud blamed the Bangladesh team management for being unfair in team selection.
 arrow Football: Shantoo wants to carry on
Bangladesh Under-17 football coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo wants to prolong his association with the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
 arrow Cricket: Sachin headache for fans
Sachin Tendulkar's omission through injury from a season-opening domestic match next week has raised serious concerns about him playing in the upcoming home series against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Pacy Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is backing his four pace bowlers to blast a way through to the ICC Champions Trophy final.
 arrow Tennis: Oh! those Russians
Svetlana Kuznetsova's triumph in the US Open has completed a remarkable year for Russian players in women's tennis.
 arrow Cricket: Nicety of the WI players
The West Indies cricket team have gathered donations for disaster relief after Hurricane Ivan hit the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: SA thinks psychologically
South Africa are again relying on the talents of psychological guru Mike Finnigan to help them compete with the best in the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Football: Sparks will fly
Liverpool have reason to be confident as they go into their first Champions League group game on Wednesday against last season's finalists Monaco at Anfield.
 arrow Cricket: TROPHY TREATS
Cricket stars like Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Andrew Flintoff are here but Southampton is teeming with excitement for another big occasion.
 arrow Tennis: Sampras' 14 at risk
Roger Federer, who has just won his first US Open, is in many people's minds a threat to Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles.
 arrow Chess: Div II Chess resumes today
With the rain driving the whole nation to a standstill the indoor games like chess was also suspended on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB announces U-15 squad
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named 19 cricketers for its Under-15 team which will host their West Bengal counterparts next month.

 arrow ERRATUM
In one of our headings yesterday it was mistakenly written that 'Basher told to stay back'. Actually he is Bashar. We apologise the oversight.
Metropolitanarrow power disruption hits Savar
Academic and administrative activities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) came to an abrupt halt as power and telephone connections remained snapped for the last 48 hours until yesterday due to continuous
 arrow 7 youth bodies announce 21-point demand
Jubo Sangram Parishad, comprising seven youth organisations of the opposition parties, has announced a 21-point demand including the resignation of the alliance government.
 arrow Ahsania Mission raises fund of Tk 7cr for cancer hospital
With contributions pouring in, a fund of Tk 7 crore has been raised till Saturday for the construction of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital Cancer Hospital, says a press release.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All the examinations of Dhaka University under its annual course system, except the first year BSC examinations of Home Economics Colleges under its course system, have been postponed till September 25
Nationalarrow Teesta irrigation project turns virtually useless
The Teesta Barrage, the largest irrigation project in the country, has virtually failed to supply irrigation water in its command area during dry season due to less flow of water in the river.
 arrow 'Rotten' wheat imported knowingly
Unloading of the consignment of "rotten and stinky" wheat imported from India was completed at Syedpur railway station yesterday under police guard.
 arrow Disability no problem for Sumi
Sumi Gour was physically disabled when she was one and a half years following attack with polio.

Walking on crutches with the left leg paralised, she is now educated and self-reliant.

 arrow 'Preserve Sundarbans bio-diversity'
Speakers at a discussion meeting yesterday said, Satkhira district is blessed with a unique World Heritage Site -- the Sundarbans.
 arrow Flash flood in Gaibandha
Flash flood submerged Aman seedlings on vast low-lying lands in four upazilas in Gaibandha district.
 arrow Truck with smuggled goods caught, released
A truck loaded with smuggled Indian goods valued at about Tk 43 Lakh was caught in Jessore town Sunday night but was later released.
 arrow Resist fanatics, BSD rally told
Demanding fair investigation into the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) Gaibandha held a protest meeting at the Shaheed Minar here on Monday.
 arrow Barguna lawyers boycott magistrate courts
Barguna lawyers are boycotting magistrate courts protesting alleged inaction by the administration in taking steps for speedy disposal of cases.
Point-Counterpointarrow Saifur's CAG bashing
It is not surprising that Finance Minister Saifur Rahman is visibly embarrassed with Bangladesh being consistently labelled as the most corrupt country in the world over the last few years.
 arrow The rise of extremists in Bangladesh
The grenade attack on the AL meeting on August 21 once again reminded us of the threat posed by extremists in our society.
Culturearrow 'Abstract art didn't suit me'--Kuhu
Kuhu stands out nor her drawing among the flanks of Bangladeshi artists. She went to study in France after her bachelor's degree from the Fine Arts Institute.
 arrow 'I don't have a dream role'
The cultural correspondent of The Daily Star spent some time talking to Bipasha Hayat. A TV and theatre personality, Bipasha has recently done a film Joyjatra.
 arrow Fahrmnheit 9/11 to be screened
Zahir Raihan Film Society organises the third session of the Hiralal Sen Memorial Lecture series at the Goethe Institut at 3:30 pm today.
 arrow MGM studios to be bought by Sony
Hollywood's last major independent studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), says it has agreed in principle to be bought by Japan's Sony Corporation.
Generalarrow Strengthening local govt a must for good governance
Strengthening local government is a must for decentralisation of power, equal distribution of resources, good governance and overall economic development, speakers said at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Fertility rate declines, use of contraceptive increases
Fertility rate has declined to 3.0 in 2004 from 3.3 in 2000 after a decade-long stagnation.
 arrow JCD, police club BCL procession at RU, 20 students injured
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists, in collaboration with the police, clubbed a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) procession on the Rajshahi University campus leaving nearly 20 students injured yesterday.
 arrow Unfpa report today
Unfpa's annual flagship publication, State of World Population, will be launched in Dhaka today as in other world capitals.
Internationalarrow IAEA won't guarantee Iran probe deadline
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency said yesterday that he cannot guarantee his probe of Iran's suspect nuclear activities will be complete by November, the deadline sought by the United States
 arrow WMD stocks won't be found in Iraq: Powell
Secretary of State Colin Powell, who made the case to the world that pre-war Iraq had stocks of chemical and biological weapons, said Monday he now thought these will pzobably never be found.
 arrow Sharon rejected US proposal to resume talks with Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon revealed yesterday that he had rejected a proposal from Wash-ington last year to resume peace negotiations with Syria.
 arrow US, Russia secretly removed uranium from Uzbekistan
The United States and Russia carried out a secret operation last week to remove weapons-grade uranium from the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, whose government is facing growing Islamist unrest,
 arrow N Korea committed to nuclear talks
North Korea is committed to talks over its nuclear weapons programmes and will let foreign diplomats visit a remote area where a huge blast triggered alarm over a possible atomic test, a British minister
 arrow Hurricane aims for US after ravaging Cuba
Powerful Hurricane Ivan churned into the Guln of Mexico yesterday on a track for the US coast after ripping off roofs and downing trees and power lines as it grazed western Cuba.
 arrow Bush & Kerry duel on weapons ban
President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry dueled over health care and the expired assault weapons ban Monday, with Bush slamming Kerry for backing a costly "government takeover" of health care that
 arrow Amnesty slams US use of racial profiling
Racial profiling by US law enforcement agencies has grown over the past three years to cover one in nine Americans, rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.
 arrow Iraq war opened a Pandora's box: Chirac
The US-led war that ousted Saddam Hussein opened a Pandora's box and the situation in Iraq is not getting any better, French President Jacques Chirac said here Monday.
 arrow 'Batman' intruder at Buckingham Palace prompts security rethink
British officials yesterday conceded faults in security at Buckingham Palace after a pro|estor dressed as Batman evaded armed guards and scaled the wall{ of the royal residence.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cities still reel from rains
THE worst of the deluge that brought Dhaka to a virtual standstill seems to be behind us, but the extent of the dislocation caused by the rainfall has brought home the urgent need for long-term planning
 arrow Editorial: Jail uplift
THE directive of the cabinet to take necessary measures to gear up the administration of the jails is to be welcomed.
 arrow Judiciary in question
The historic image of the judiciary, in particular the higher judiciary, has always been very high. In the past, it used to be acknowledged by all that the higher judiciary was a place to get a fair deal.
 arrow Bangladesh in a section of the Indian press
Following August 21, a section of the Indian press has been busy maligning Bangladesh.
 arrow Time to call it a day?
After the sad collapse of Bangladesh batting, once again, for a paltry score of 93 against South Africa at Edgbaston at the ICC Champions Trophy, I feel that it is time we called it a day.
Letters to Editorarrow Love! The best doctor
I condemn what happened in Russia and Indonesia. It's a matter of concern that some extremist people are ruining the image of Islam. They are creating havoc, killing innocent people in the name of Islam.
 arrow Remembering Satinath Mukerjee
I deeply appreciate the article of Mr.
 arrow Tears of childhood
Many parents provide money and they assist with physical needs but they do not provide emotional support, communication and love which is more important.
 arrow Bombing in Jakarta
The recent car bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta left at least eight people dead and injured almost hundred. The unfortunate victims were passers-by who were caught in the middle.
 arrow Why UN?
I never wrote to any newspaper. Today I feel like writing a couple of lines.

Bangladesh is an independent country.

 arrow "Statesman and statesmanship"
It was very clear that Shafiqul Alam and Niraj Agarwalla (11-9-2004) were annoyed with Shajahan Ahmed and Arshad Jamil over their 'premature' and 'absurd' letters regarding a newspaper editorial of
 arrow A shame
I have seen in the newspaper that the FBI is investigating the August 21 bomb blasts. It implies that we have failed to do the job properly.
 arrow Should we look East?
Dr. Ahmed's Letter from America titled, "For Friendship Bangladesh should look East" reads for the most part like patent inanity .
 arrow Our problems
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) is a technical University. It is situated in the heart of capital city Dhaka. It stands on 87 Acre of land. Many problems are prevailing here.
 arrow Avoiding sexual harassment
Sexual harassment of women is common these days. Many women victims feel unable to confront their 'harasser'. But ignoring unwanted sexual attention does not make it go away.
 arrow Our campus
Dhaka University is called the Oxford of the East. Being a student of this university, I am really proud. From childhood all my hopes were pinned on getting admitted to this university.
 arrow Traffic jam
Traffic jam is a common sight in the city . Roads and streets exhibit a long queue of cars, buses, rickshaws etc. which are stagnated due to traffic jam. Traffic movement stands still.
 arrow Whither politics?
As a citizen (and retired official), I have been thinking (like lakhs of others), about the future implications of the "21/8" carnage (bomb attack on Awami League meeting).
 arrow A sadist on the prowl
Since this morning after reading a report titled "End of life in arson attack" in your Star City, Sept 7, we have suffered quietness and numbness in the family.
 arrow Death of Humayun Azad
Dr Humayun Azad, professor of Dhaka University, died on August 10 in Germany.
 arrow DCC's holding tax
If the self-assessment form is meant for new assesses, as the Mayor has reportedly said, then why distribute it to all house owners, old and new? Moreover, in view of the high price of building materials
 arrow A good write-up
This refers to the article published in The Daily Star of 9 September under the caption "virtues of intervention" by Brig. General (retd) Shahedul Anam Khan.
StarTecharrow Avant-garde solutions in the neighborhood
VIRUS, spam, data-crashes, mobile code threats and hacking attacks.
 arrow 'Bichoyon' expands into a net version
TECHNOHAVEN Company Limited (TCL) officially launched the web version of their community research quarterly 'Bichoyon' on September 9 at their office located at the ICT Incubator.
 arrow Oracle wins antitrust case, can pursue PeopleSoft
Oracle can pursue its 7.7 billion hostile takeover bid for rival business software maker PeopleSoft, a federal judge has ruled in a stunning setback for the US Justice Department.
Star Chittagongarrow CDA plans to demolish illegal, unplanned structures
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has planned to launch a massive drive to demolish illegal and unplanned structures that hinder expansion of city roads and intersections.
 arrow A cafeteria that serves substandard foods to CU students
Underground cafeteria of the arts building of Chittagong University (CU) has been serving unhygienic and substandard foods to the students for long.
 arrow Ferry service...

Star Cityarrow Water basin encroachments bring misery to rain-drenched city
Normal life once again comes to a standstill across the country seriously paralysing the capital as torrential rains which began three days back still continues incessantly.
 arrow Downpour hits day labourers hard
The consecutive three-day heavy downpour in the city hit the floating people, mostly day labourers, hard as they are struggling to manage work and find a dry place to take shelter.
 arrow Dhaka-Aricha highway becomes death trap for JU inhabitants
The Dhaka-Aricha highway has become a death trap for the inhabitants of the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus with accidents killing at least seven teachers and students in the last ten years in absence
 arrow Metering goes prepaid to cut power pilferage
Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) will launch modern prepaid metering in Banani in January in a pilot project to curb electricity pilferage and misuse.
 arrow Mosquito control staff plan agitation against handover
The government decision to put Dhaka Mosquito Control Department (DMCD) under the administrative authority of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has sparked protest among the DMCD employees.
 arrow Menace around Collegiate School
The Dhaka Collegiate School's authorities are facing difficulties in conducting normal activities of the reputed institute because of the presence of various disruptive elements around the school's compound.