Vol. 5 Num 117 Sun. September 19, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Grenade attack probe seems set to fizzle out
The probe into August 21 assassination attempt on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina appears poised to fizzle out as the local investigators try to divert the focus of the investigation.
 arrow AL yet to decide on joining JS bodies
A big question mark still hangs over effective functioning of the parliamentary standing committees despite the inclusion of Awami League (AL) lawmakers as the main opposition is yet to decide its mind
 arrow House wrecked in explosion, 5 hurt
A big explosion that police suspect from a gas leakage inside an empty flat of a five-storey Sutrapur house left five people wounded, one with serious burn injuries, on Friday night.
 arrow Yet another force to strike criminals
A new anticrime strike force comprising members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police will soon swing into action in Dhaka, sources said.
 arrow Protest as JCD man hurt in factional fight dies
Mahbub Islam Khokon, fatally injured in an attack by a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) faction at Jahurul Haque Hall of Dhaka University (DU), died in the early hours yesterday at the Combined Military
 arrow Rab recovers AK-22, arms from criminals
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of Chittagong in separate raids on Friday night seized five people, including four alleged operatives of a Cox's Bazar-based terrorist outfit, with firearms and ammunition
 arrow Market access brings them success
Women selling goods in market?

No-one of Bogra's Sabgram village ever thought they would not only see such a scene in a remote place like theirs but it would even be a run of the mills.

 arrow Militants threaten to kill US, UK hostages
Insurgents threatened to kill two Americans and a Briton unless the United States freed Iraqi women prisoners, Al Jazeera said yesterday, and a suicide car bomb killed 23 people outside Iraqi National
 arrow Rain delay at The Oval
Opener Herschelle Gibbs returned to form to hit a composed century and lead South Africa to 246 for six before rain stopped play in their Champions Trophy Pool B clash with West Indies at The Oval onSaturday.
 arrow AL leader files case with CMM court
Awami League (AL) Law Secretary Sahara Khatun yesterday filed a case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka regarding the August 21 deadly grenade attack on an AL rally on Bangabandhu Avenue
 arrow Pneumonia claimed 24 lives in Khulna last week
Pneumonia epidemic in southwestern districts including Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Jessore claimed 24 lives in the last one week.
 arrow Motion placed in British parliament for discussion
British MP Sally Keeble has submitted a motion to the House of Commons on "Escalation of Terrorism in Bangladesh" for discussion in parliament.
 arrow Upazila system left in the cold
The ruling coalition is not going to take any decision now on the much-talked-about upazila system fearing that elections to the local body in the prevailing political situation will would not bring it
 arrow City suffers another cloudburst
After a day's respite from a six-day spate of incessant rain that near-froze the city life, sporadic cloudbursts yesterday once again stopped Dhaka residents on their tracks.
 arrow BTTB bars int'l calls to many
In an abrupt move, state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has barred outgoing call facilities of several hundred International Subscribers Dialling (ISD) telephones under variousexchanges
 arrow Banglar Sourav sailors found guilty of oil spillage
A probe committee formed by the shipping ministry held responsible the master, chief officer and other deck officers of a state-owned oil tanker for pollution in the Bay.
 arrow Mysterious containers yield crockery, tablecloths
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday found tablecloths and crockery in two of the 33 mysterious containers they kept under strict vigil at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Kamlapur on suspicion
 arrow Violence against women spirals says study
All forms of violence against women in educational institutions and workplaces increased in the last year, according to a study report by Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association.
 arrow GD filed after threat on Hasina
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary of Awami League chief and Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina, yesterday filed a GD after Hasina received an anonymous death threat by post Thursday.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead
Outlaws yesterday stabbed and shot a BNP leader to death in Gala Bazar in sadar upazila.
 arrow Gulandaz gets bail
Awami League (AL) lawmaker Altaf Hossain Gulandaz, accused in three criminal cases, including one filed by his wife, has been granted bail for three months by the High Court.
 arrow Ershad blames govt for failure to check crimes
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said the BNP-led coalition government has failed to check the downward slide in law and order.
 arrow 2 abducted in Bandarban
Cadres of Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA) yesterday allegedly abducted two people for not giving them toll in Roangchhari in Saingapara.
 arrow Graft cases against Ctg mayor stayed
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for six months the proceedings of eight corruption cases against ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC).
Businessarrow 15 non-traditional export items to get 30pc cash subsidy
The government will give 30 percent cash subsidy to 15 non-traditional export items including pickle as the fruits and vegetables export is forecast to slide 25 percent on the back of floods and cargo
 arrow Loan fair ends on a high
The first ever loan fair in Bangladesh ended yesterday on a high note as visitors submitted more than 4,000 loan applications.
 arrow Food fair gets huge response
Exhibitors passed a busy day as thousands of visitors thronged the stalls of the international food fair at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Japan, Mexico sign FTA
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Friday wrapped up a four-day Latin American trip in which he signed one free trade pact and paved the way for another, then headed for New York to pitch for
 arrow DSE general index crosses 1600 points
After a four-day break, trading on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) resumed yesterday and the general index gained 39.50 points, crossing 1600 points psychological barrier.
 arrow India's trade deficit shoots up to $9.58b
India's trade deficit for the first five months of this fiscal year rose more than 44 percent to 9.58 billion dollars amid a surging bill for oil imports, a government statement said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Cricketers return
A battered and bruised Bangladesh cricket team returned home yesterday but coach Dav Whatmore was the significant absentee.
 arrow Cricket: Indo-Pak clash today
India coach John Wright has suggested that Pakistan may hold a slight edge over India as the two teams prepare for their crucial ICC Champions Trophy Pool C game at Edgbaston on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Fiery Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff blasted a typically aggressive century to help England recover to 251-7 against Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy at the Rose Bowl here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Kind Gilchrist
Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist can be described as a friend of Bangladesh because he is not frustrated by the way the Tigers have performed in their last two one-day competitions.
 arrow Cricket: Trophy Treats
India and Pakistan both have stars in numbers but for once an Englishman hogged the spotlight when the two Asian giants renew their rivalry in the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston in Birmingham today.
 arrow Football: No relief for Maradona
Fallen soccer great Diego Maradona will return to Cuba on Monday to be shut away in a mental clinic for more drug treatment.
 arrow Football: MU really miss Rio
Manchester United need Rio Ferdinand's return next week to prompt an upturn in fortunes for the club every bit as marked as the decline that began at the start of his eight-month suspension.
 arrow Football: Bolton deny Arsenal
Henrik Pedersen ended Arsenal's perfect start to the season with an 85th minute equaliser at Highbury that gave Bolton a well-deserved 2-2 draw.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy calls for calm
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq brushed aside security fears ahead of his side's winner-take-all Champions Trophy match against India at Edgbaston here Sunday, saying he anticipated a "lovely atmosphere"
 arrow Paralympics: Return to Athens again
Some 70,000 spectators filled the Athens Olympic stadium to watch the densely choreographed and emotionally-charged opening ceremony of the 12th Paralympics, the world's premier competition for disabled
 arrow Football: Pele's 1958 shirt put on sale
The shirt worn by 17-year-old Pele when he scored two goals for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden is set to raise up to 100,000 pounds when it is sold at auction next week.
 arrow Football: Romario to end at Rose Bowl
Brazilian international striker Romario will play his last official match at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena where he helped the South Americans win the 1994 World Cup, the Jornal do Brasil reported
 arrow Chess: Div II chess
Faith Chess Club maintained the lead with 18.5 points while Friends Chess Power followed the leader with 17.
 arrow Disgrace for Lancashire
English county giants Lancashire suffered the embarrassment of relegation to the Second Division for the first time on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Japan to help develop infrastructure
Japan has assured Bangladesh of increased cooperation in building infrastructure, including bridges, culverts and airports, to improve its development capacity.
 arrow 'Protect city from floods'
Leaders of 20 environmental and social organisations yesterday called on the government to take effective steps to protect the city from floods and waterlogging and to evict illegal encroachers occupying
 arrow River erosion makes 80,000 homeless a year
River erosion renders 80 thousand people of floodplain homeless while almost equal number of 'char-dwellers' become shelterless every year, said the experts at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow PM's directive to publish books on Islam in English
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the Islamic Foundation authorities to publish books on Islam in English to clear the "misconceptions" about Islam at home and in the western world.
 arrow Int'l confce on HR begins today
A three-day international conference on 'Institutional Protection of Human Rights: Role of National Human Rights Institutions' will begin at a city hotel today.
 arrow Shamsuddin passes away
Former lawmaker of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Alhaj Md. Shamsuddin Ahmed died of cardiac arrest at the Birdem Hospital yesterday at the age of 60.
Nationalarrow Arms flowing in almost freely
Netrakona: Firearms are being smuggled into the country almost freely through bordering areas in Jhinaigati upazila in Sherpur district.
 arrow Saifur followers in backstage, polarisation likely again
The recent change has shaken ruling BNP's leadership in Sylhet, putting Saifur followers in the backstage.
 arrow Diarrhoea spreads in Nilphamari
At least three persons died from diarrhoea and about 2500 people have been attacked with the disease in Syedpr upazila.
 arrow Anti-drug meet held
An anti-drug meeting organised by 'Brahmanbaria Dhumpan O Maddak Brudhi Sangatha' (an organisation to campaign against smoking and drug) was held in the town on Friday.
 arrow Ministry probe body blames oil tanker staff
Last month's oil spillage at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port that caused a massive pollution in the Bay was due to "negligence of the Master, Chief Officer and other deck officials" of oil tanker
 arrow Promote indigenous vehicles
The unconventional motorised three-wheelers are regarded by farmers and the poor as 'saviors' but opposed by registered transport owners and law enforcers.
 arrow Horrific
Villagers heard her screams while being gangraped and then strangled, but none dared to rescue her as the armed criminals were outlaws and had links with the ruling party.
 arrow BAU Proctor resigns
Proctor of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) Prof Dr Md. Ismael Hossain resigned on Thursday.
 arrow 3 women held with 51 gm heroin
Detective Branch police seized 51 grams of heroin from Naumohal area in the district town last night and arrested four alleged drug peddlers, three of them women.
 arrow Tk 30 lakh shrimps looted
Miscreants looted shrimps worth over Tk 30 lakh from three farms at Patkelghata Dakhhin Beel in Tala upazila Thursday night.
Culturearrow Mukhosh: A puppet show with a message
A high point of the cultural week was Mukhosh, a puppet show for slum children, held at the Goethe Institut. Along with slum children, were children from the upper echelons of Dhaka society.
 arrow Interview: An appointment with destiny
Sumon, an only child, has just finished his Masters and is on the lookout for a job. His father, a retired professor, helps him in his endeavours.
 arrow Screening of East European Films
Andrei Tarkovsky (USSR), Jan Hrebejk (Czech Republic), Ivanka Grabcheva (Bulgaria), Goran Paskaljevic (Croatia), Miklos Juncso (Hungary) and Andrei Konchalovski (Russia)-- these big names are not newto
 arrow Music that stirs a chord
A group of music lovers from Jahangirnagar University (JU) recently held an unplugged concert on the campus.
 arrow Celebrating 30 years of UN membership
The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a cultural programme at the Academy premises on September 17. The function was held to observe 30 years of Bangladesh's membership in the United Nations.
Internationalarrow N Korea vows never to dismantle nukes
North Korea will never dismantle its nuclear arsenal and will not resume talks on its atomic programmes unless the United States drops its "hostile" policy, the North's official KCNA news agency saidyesterday.
 arrow India eases visa rules for Pakistanis
India announced yesterday it will grant visas more easily to Pakistani journalists, doctors, academics and elderly people in the latest peace move between the rival neighbours.
 arrow UN vote on Sudan hinges on China
A UN Security Council vote on whether to threaten sanctions against Sudan hinged on China and other opponents who fear that the specter of punishment could ruin efforts to end a crisis that has killed
 arrow Manmohan tries to sort out differences with Marxist allies
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised his Marxist allies yesterday to consider their views after the leftists protested the government's economic reforms including allowing more foreign investment.
 arrow Iran tests long-range missile as IAEA reviews its N-plan
Iran will test fire a long-range missile yesterday amid fears in the West that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons and an ongoing review by the UN watchdog of the country's atomic energy programme.
 arrow Law enforcers foil terror attack in Moscow
Russian law enforcement agencies have foiled another extremist attack on targets in Moscow, the FSB security agency said yesterday, two weeks after a series of devastating strikes killed more than 400
 arrow Pak president heads for 1st meet with Manmohan
Pakistani President Pervez Mush-arraf leaves today for crucial peace talks with Indian Premier Manm-ohan Singh on the sidelines of a UN gathering as the leaders of the nuclear-armed neighbors meet for
 arrow S Korea renews pledge not to develop nukes
South Korea yesterday made a fresh pledge not to develop nuclear weapons as the UN nuclear watchdog was set to send a team of inspectors to look into the country's controversial past nuclear tests.
 arrow Judge gunned down in southern Thailand
A Pattani judge Friday became the first high-ranking official killed by suspected insurgents, one of whom confessed his involvement immediately after his arrest.
 arrow Musharraf to keep his uniform
Pakistan President Pervez Mush-arraf said in an interview published here Friday that he might renege on his pledge to step down as military chief because "the vast majority" of the Pakistani people "want
 arrow Florida Supreme Court puts Nader on state ballot
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that Ralph Nader can appear on state ballots as a presidential candidate, increasing the chance the maverick contender will again influence the outcome of the presidential
Editorialarrow Editorial: Home secretaries' meet
The home secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh, which concluded on Friday, addressed issues of mutual concern that have been in hibernation for a long time.
 arrow Editorial: Death on the highway
The head-on collision between a speeding truck and a wedding party-laden bus on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazaar highway on Thursday that killed twenty-six and injured scores more was a horrendous tragedythat
 arrow Eddies of thoughts after the floods
Acrisis brings out the essence of a people and its leaders. This might sound like a cliché, something I normally avoid, but in the present context I am quite willing to live with it.
 arrow Farmers still outside the system
PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that there has been no investment in the agriculture sector for the past one and a half decades is only part of the answer to the question why the countryside
Letters to Editorarrow Attention: Sunnydale School
Thank you Mrs. Asmat Ara Jahan for your letter. My daughter was in that particular school. I must admit she learned a lot from the school but as parents I must say we suffered a lot too.
 arrow Wipe them out
I very strongly condemn the heinous grenade attack on an AL rally on 21/8/04 that killed 19 people including AL leader Ivy Rahman and injured over 200 others.
 arrow Why UN?
I went through the letter by Mr. Abu Abdullah from Portland published on 15 August titled 'Why UN'. I would like to say something regarding this issue. To Mr.
 arrow Grief stricken campus
It was really very heartbreaking to face a situation in which one of our students died in a road accident on September 6 in front of our university.
 arrow A neglected city
Khulna, an old divisional city , has been totally neglected for the two centuries and very limited development activities have been carried out.
 arrow BSEHR
My attention has been drawn to a news item published in your Daily of 17 September under the title "Tk10cr land goes to BSEHR for Tk.5001.
Star Healtharrow Awareness can reduce the risk of prostate cancer
As men age, the prostate may become a source of problems. The three most common problems are inflammation (prostatitis), prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia), and prostate cancer.
 arrow Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
Prostate cancer ranks third among cancers in worldwide incidence and sixth in cancer mortality among men. In Bangladesh it is increasing at an alarming rate.
 arrow Things that might surprise you about being pregnant
Pregnancy is a joyful and surprising episode in a woman’s life. Several changes come in the period of pregnancy that may make you worried.
 arrow Suicide huge but preventable public health problem
Suicide is a huge but largely preventable public health problem, causing almost half of all violent deaths and resulting in almost one million fatalities every year, as well as economic costs, says the
 arrow Mortality due to suicide in rural Bangladesh
Population-based surveillance in a rural community in southwest Bangladesh revealed that suicide is a major cause of mortality, especially in young females.
Star Cityarrow Double entry visa to up passenger volume on Dhaka-Agartala route
As Bangladesh agreed to provide Indian citizens with double entry visas, the operators of Dhaka-Agartala direct bus service hope that it would also be a viable route like Dhaka-Kolkata with increasednumber
 arrow Dilemma over Saarc Fountain relocation
Planners are still in dilemma whether the Saarc Fountain sculptured by Nitun Kundu should be relocated from Sonagaon roundabout to the nearby park Panthokunjo after the SAARC Summit in January.
 arrow Chhayanaut complex in limbo
The construction work of Chhayanaut Sangskritik Bhaban (cultural complex) remains suspended as the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is yet to approve the revised building plan submitted two years
 arrow Rain leaves roads pockmarked
As the monsoon is about to peter out, city roads appear full of pockmarks, thanks to low quality construction and lack of continuous maintenance.
 arrow Foreign university agents charge for 'free service'
There is a growing discontent among students and parents about the activities of the majority of local agents of foreign universities and educational institutions that allegedly take fees for services
 arrow Another arch bridge for Dhanmondi
The Dhanmondi Lake is going to get another arch bridge in a year's time although a section of local residents had voiced their concerns about the idea in the past.