Volume 5 Number 120 Wed. September 22, 2004    
Today's Index
Front Page
Letters to Editor
Write to Editor
Star Chittagong
Star City

About Us

Today's Index
Front Pagearrow Jail Killing Case verdict deferred yet again
A Dhaka court yesterday put off the verdict on the historic Jail Killing Case for a second time in two weeks, as it entertained a petition a lawyer filed in his last-ditch effort to save his client.
 arrow Top outlaw Mrinal slain in West Bengal
Unidentified assailants gunned down Monoranjon Goshai alias Mrinal, 48, the founder of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) and one of the most wanted terrorists of the country on the run, in Nadia
 arrow Ex-general defeats Megawati
Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has triumphed over incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia's first direct presidential vote, but now must deliver promised tighter security, better government
 arrow Floods swamp new areas in Satkhira
Flash floods swamped fresh areas in Satkhira Sadar and Kolaroa upazilas yesterday, with floodwaters marooning around 40,000 villagers.
 arrow AL rally accuses govt of trying to save criminals
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday accused the BNP-Jamaat alliance government of trying to save the perpetrators of the August 21 grenade attacks to facilitate such attacks in future.
 arrow Accused react adversely
Some of the accused in the historic jail killing case reacted adversely as a Dhaka court yesterday reverted the case from the stage of judgement to hearing of witnesses in the wake of submission of petitions
 arrow 50-km opposition human chain today
Opposition parties will form a human chain from Gazipur to Narayanganj across the capital today to register no confidence in the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government.
 arrow Annan takes fresh swipe at Bush
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan took a fresh jab at US President George W. Bush yesterday, in a clear sign that world opinion was still far from making peace with the war in Iraq.
 arrow Terrific Vaughan leads England
Captain Michael Vaughan helped end England's barren run against Australia with his highest one-day international score at Edgbaston yesterday.
 arrow WB urges govt to improve order for more FDI
Improved law and order and better infrastructure are crucial to luring local and foreign investment into Bangladesh and helping it reach a higher GDP growth and cut down on poverty, according to a regional
 arrow HR body during coalition tenure, says Moudud
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government would set up a national human rights commission during its tenure.
 arrow Over 600 die in Haiti flood
Bloated corpses and weeping relatives filled morgues in Haiti after Tropical Storm Jeanne left at least 622 people dead, another tragedy on this Caribbean island in a year marked by revolts, militaryinterventions
 arrow 5 held for kidnapping 6yr-old boy
Police yesterday arrested five kidnappers for abducting a six-year-old boy and hours after the arrests, others of the gang freed the boy near his house at Khilgaon.
 arrow Wallich says her departure did not dent country image
World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich yesterday said her leaving Bangladesh on September 7 following death threat has not dented the country's image abroad.
 arrow AL terms Hasina's army remarks fabricated
The Awami League (AL) yesterday protested a news item released by state-run news agency BSS that quoted Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina as saying that the armed forces were involved in the August
 arrow Tata chief to visit Oct 13
Indian industrial giant the Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata will be on a visit to Bangladesh from October 13.
 arrow 5 killed in city road crashes
Five people including a toddler were killed in three road accidents in the capital in 12 hours ending at 9:30am yesterday.
 arrow Nobel Peace Prize winner picked
The Norwegian Nobel Committee picked the winner of the 2004 Peace Prize from a record field of 194 candidates yesterday with the UN nuclear watchdog and its head, Mohamed ElBaradei, tipped as favorites.
 arrow MBBS exams paper leaked
The second paper medicine exams of the MBBS final year examinations scheduled for September 20 were postponed due to question leaks.
 arrow Hasina may seek treatment in US for hearing problem
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) Chief Sheikh Hasina may visit the USA in the first week of next month for treatment as her hearing problem caused by the shock from bangs of grenade blasts is worsening.
 arrow SBMCH recruitment feud worsens as BNP men raid nurses' room
A group of ruling BNP cadres raided and ransacked the nurses' common room of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH) at 9:00am yesterday alleging it to be a den of conspiracy against
Businessarrow Parjatan corp a dumping ground of bureaucrats
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin yesterday blasted the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) saying it has become a dumping ground of bureaucrats.
 arrow GP announces series of new services
In celebration of hitting two million subscribers mark GrameeenPhone (GP) yesterday announced a series of new services to enhance its present subscribers' base.
 arrow Intíl tax to fight poverty faces political obstacles
The UN expert panel that proposed an international tax to fight poverty, endorsed by France and Brazil on Monday, acknowledged that the plan faces political obstacles.
 arrow Rato signals stronger IMF role in rich countries
The new head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monday signaled the lender would take a larger role in speaking out about policies in the world's richest nations if they pose global economic risks.
 arrow Oil prices above $46 as supply worries linger
Oil prices held firm on Tuesday as China showed no let-up in its strong import growth and US Gulf producers reported damage to offshore rigs from Hurricane Ivan.
 arrow Furniture fair begins today
In the face of stiff competition from foreign furniture, a four-day national furniture fair kicks off today in Dhaka to showcase strength of local furniture.
 arrow Aktel subscribers can pay mobile bills thru' Vanik credit card
Aktel cellphone subscribers will be able to pay their mobile bills and purchase Aktel products through Vanik credit card.
 arrow EU launches fund for Asian developing states
The European Commission on Tuesday launched a five-million-euro (6.1-billion-dollar) trust fund to provide trade-linked expert assistance to developing countries in Asia.
 arrow India set to meet fiscal deficit target
India is set to achieve its fiscal deficit target in the current year despite duty cuts made as part of the government's inflation-busting measures, the government's chief economic adviser said Monday.
 arrow National Bank approves 20pc stock dividend
National Bank Limited has approved a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow ATDP signs MoU for poultry sector growth
Agro-based Industries and Technology Development Project (ATDP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)) with Bangladesh Poultry Industries Coordination Committee (BPICC) to promote the growth of poultry
 arrow Unocal records 1m man-hours of accident free operation
Jalalabad Natural Gas Field of Unocal Bangladesh situated in Block 13 has achieved a record of uninterrupted one million man-hours accident free operation.
 arrow IMF to close Zimbabwe office next month
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due to close its offices in Zimbabwe at the end of October because it no longer has a resident representative, a local official told AFP Monday.
 arrow China resumes livestock export to Middle East after 8-year ban
China will ship 43,000 sheep and 1,700 cows to Jordan Tuesday, resuming exports to the Middle East after an eight-year suspension, Chinese authorities said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Inzy edgy, Lara upbeat
Coach Bob Woolmer is confident Pakistan will not let their joy at beating India ruin their chances against West Indies in the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: Trophy Treats
There was a huge campaign to bring English supporters to Edgbaston for the home team's crunch match against traditional rivals Australia in the first semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Sumi sweeps it clean
Sharmin Sultana Sumi swept all four gold medals in the women's competition of the 28th National Gymnastics Championships which concluded at the National Sports Council Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'God save India'
Indian cricket fans sought divine help Tuesday as the nation's favourite sport lurched from one crisis to another on and off the field ahead of next week's tour by world champions Australia.
 arrow Cricket: PCB steps in to resolve TV row
Pakistan's cricket chief has intervened in bid to resolve a row over the television rights for next week's tri-series between Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Size Richards' concern
These days a lot has been said and written on Bangladesh's continuing struggle in world cricket. But Barry Richards has offered a different view.
 arrow Football: Silvestre sinks Liverpool
A rare double from French defender Mikael Silvestre handed Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand a victorious Premiership return to the team in a 2-1 victory over Liverpool here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Real-ly bad
Promising that there would be "no revolutions" and warning echoing his predecessor's forecast that coaching Real Madrid was a "tough but beautiful task," unheralded Mariano Garcia Remon stepped out of
 arrow Football: Juve looking good
Italian league leaders Juventus defend their flawless record away to Sampdoria on Wednesday in the third round of Serie A matches.
 arrow Football: Maradona in Cuba
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona arrived at Havana late Monday to undergo treatment for his addiction to cocaine.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup from October 2
The JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament will begin on October 2 at eight venues across the country.
 arrow Football: North South dump Daffodil
Kasef and Miller each scored twice to help North South University brush aside Daffodil University 5-0 in yesterday's Stamford inter-private university football tournament at the Army Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Warne leads advance party
Shane Warne and three Australian teammates fly to India on Wednesday for a cricket tour which remains in doubt due to a legal battle over television rights.
 arrow Football: Pele's shirt goes for $105,600
The shirt worn by Pele when he scored two goals as a 17-year-old for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden was sold at auction at Christie's on Tuesday for 59,000 pounds ($105,600).
 arrow Football: Gerrard blow
Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard will be out of action for two months after breaking his left foot, his club says.
 arrow Easy win for Sangu Boys
Sangu Boys Club got off to a flying start in the Bandarban Football League when they crushed Deshbandhu Ekadash 3-0 in yesterday's match at the local stadium.
Metropolitanarrow DU expels 3 students for ransacking Duta office
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday expelled three students for their involvement in ransacking the office of the president of Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) on the campus on
 arrow 2 to die for killing one at Uttara
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced two persons including a listed criminal to death for killing one Shahabuddin, a resident of Azampur at Uttara in the city.
 arrow Varsity teacher murdered
A teacher of a private university was killed allegedly by a sex worker at Dhanmondi in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow NBR wants to extend income tax return deadline
If the finance minister permits, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) will defer the deadline for submitting self-assessed income tax returns by 15 to 30 days considering the adverse impacts of recentflooding.
 arrow New tactics for drug peddlers
Officials of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) yesterday seized around 1,100 bottles of phensidyle from a covered rickshaw-van similar to one that Dhaka City Corporation uses for garbage disposal.
 arrow 'Suspend activities of judicial probe commission'
Sammilitia Ainjibi Samannya Parishad yesterday demanded suspension of all activities of the one-member judicial commission formed to probe the August 21 grenade attack, saying that the countrymen have
 arrow 'Journalists must look at truth objectively'
Media people in Bangladesh often face dangerous and threatening situations while carrying out their professional duties, said David Jackson, director of Voice of America, yesterday.
 arrow Killing of garment worker protested
Karmojibi Nari, an organisation for working women, yesterday protested the killing of Selina, a garment worker at Rupganj in Dhaka.
 arrow 1,795 more held
Police arrested some 1,795 people including six listed criminals on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tanguar Haor finally escapes the clutches of plunderers'
After successful implementation of some interim steps, a 10-year programme has been taken up involving Tk 63 crore for long term management of Tanguar Haor, a Ramsar Site in Sunamganj district.
 arrow Tension mounts at BSBMCH
Tension centring appointment of 126 employees mounted at the Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (BSBMCH) as employees aligned with ruling BNP and the Sarkari Karmachari Sammanoya Parishadbrought
 arrow 'Failed govt should resign'
Satkhira district Awami League (AL) yesterday held a rally and brought out a big procession in the town demanding resignation of the "failed" government.

This was part of a countrywide oppositionprogramme.

 arrow 40,000 marooned in Bhola
At least 40,000 people are marooned in ten villages in Bhola Sadar upazila following several days' downpour and onrush of water from the central areas of the country.
 arrow Operation Durbar launched in B'baria
Brahmanbaria police yesterday launched an anti-drug operation named 'Operation Durbar'.

Drug peddlers will be caught as a prepared list, Sadar thana Officer-in-Charge Md Ismail told this correspondent.

 arrow Hefty bonus for ultrapoor women
Destitute women like Maloti, Shukni and Angur of Bogra's Sabgram village never heard of Labour Contracting Society (LCS) even a year ago when they were struggling to manage square meals for their families.
 arrow 4th bomb hoax in a week
Another bomb hoax at a school and a wholesale market created panic among city dwellers on Sunday.

This was the fourth such incident in the city in two weeks.

 arrow One killed, 20 hurt in bus plunge
A woman was killed and at least 20 people were injured, six of them critically, when a Galachipa-bound bus from Patuakhali fell into a roadside ditch near the town on Monday.
 arrow Cuta protests attack on Duta office
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) brought out a silent procession on the campus on Monday protesting the September 11 rampage of the office of Dhaka University Teachers Association
Point-Counterpointarrow Indo-Pak talks: Do they offer any hope?
India and Pakistani Foreign Ministers met in New Delhi for two days on September 5-6 to resolve outstanding bilateral disputes including the Kashmir dispute.
 arrow The future of values
At a time when the world seems to be undergoing an unprecedented crisis of values, it is right that an organisation such as UNESCO committed to instilling the values of peace in the minds of men and women
Culturearrow 'My characters are down to earth'--Nargis
Nargis Akhtar is a versatile filmmaker. She has also made a few dramas, documentaries and promotional programmes. Plaudits came her way for her feature film Meghla Akhash.
 arrow Reflecting urban existence
Anisuzzaman, an assistant professor at the Fine Arts Department of Dhka University, is currently holding an exhibition of his wood-cut prints at the Divine Art Gallery.
 arrow An art camp at Mianbari
An art camp was recently held at Mianbari, Ghorashal, about 50 minutes northeast of Dhaka.
 arrow Anannya Naf: Tale of a river
Anannya Naf is a tale of an international river that draws a border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Generalarrow Dhaka to remain biggest partner of CIDA
Canada is ready to assist Bangladesh in its march towards development and also in recouping the losses caused by the recent devastating floods.
 arrow Who guidelines on safe water released
The World Health Organisation (Who) released its updated Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality (GDWQ) in Geneva yesterday to help detect contamination in drinking water.
 arrow 'Ensure sanitation for the poor'
The government should ensure sanitation for the poor and ultra-poor to achieve its target of bringing every family under sanitation coverage by 2010, speakers at a national conference said yesterday.
 arrow Injured BNP activist Murgi Selim dies
Ruling BNP activist Mohammad Selim alias Murgi Selim who was injured in a bomb attack at Lalbagh in the city on Friday died at a hospital yesterday.
 arrow Gis to help make dev planning
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has installed the Geographical Information System (Gis) and established a comprehensive local level infrastructure database for planning and monitoring development
 arrow 7 killed in Mymensingh road crashes
At least seven people were killed and 25 others injured in two road accidents in Mymensingh yesterday.
 arrow 42 daggers, swords found at Khulna madrasa
Khulna police in a raid on Nurul Ulm Hafezia Madrasa recovered 42 daggers and swords at around midnight on Monday.
 arrow Contraband items worth Tk 27 lakh seized in Ctg
Bangladesh Coast Guard members seized contraband items worth around Tk 27 lakh from Vatiary in Chittagong on Monday.
 arrow CDA demolishes market building
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) yesterday demolished a portion of a huge three-storey market building at Sholoshahar Gate area in the port city.
Internationalarrow Syria starts redeploying forces in Lebanon
Syria began redeploying around 3,000 troops from the outskirts of Beirut toward the eastern Syrian-Lebanese border yesterday in an apparent attempt to ease US-led international pressure over its influence
 arrow Iran starts uranium tests for nuclear centrifuges
Iran has begun tests on a facility that will produce a large amount of material for nuclear centrifuges, a top Iranian nuclear official said yesterday.
 arrow US hostage beheaded
Militants led by Washington's top foe in Iraq said they would kill an American and a Briton unless their demands were met, a day after they released footage showing them severing the head of another US
 arrow Reform panel to push for UNSC expansion
A high-level group appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to reform the world body is expected to push for the Security Council's expansion based on regional groupings, a panel member said.
 arrow India rules out territorial concession to Pakistan
India has ruled out any territorial concessions to Pakistan in disputed Kashmir in a statement issued ahead of a meeting in New York between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President
 arrow Muslims feel targetted
Pakistan President Pervez Mush-arraf urged the United States Monday to overcome Muslim perceptions of a Western anti-Islamic bias by helping resolve global political disputes, especially in the Middle
 arrow Bush scraps trade embargo on Libya
President Bush Monday formally ended the broad US trade embargo on Libya to reward it for giving up weapons of mass destruction but left in place some US terrorism-related sanctions.
 arrow Pakistan tightens US mission's security after terror threats
Pakistani authorities tightened security around the US consulate and other American interests in Karachi yesterday following information about a possible attack by a woman suicide bomber of Central Asian
Editorialarrow Editorial: Malnourished children
UNICEF and the WFP deserve our thanks for highlighting a matter that has a grave long-term impact on national human resource development.
 arrow Editorial: Case of English-medium schools
Let us not make any sweeping generalisation about private English-medium schools.
 arrow Custodial death, ministerial warning and police reforms
During the past few years, the deaths in police or other forms of custody have attracted the attention of the press, human rights groups, and international agencies.
 arrow A chess game
After deep rumination I have reached the considered conclusion that, starting with the Assembly elections in Maharashtra, I shall make predictions only after the results have been declared.
 arrow 'In the name of Allah'?
When a heinous criminal was caught following the brazen slaughter of hundreds of innocent children at a school in Beslan, he said he did it "in the name of Allah.
Letters to Editorarrow A friend in need...
Liberation war is our glory and freedom fighters are the crown of our liberation war. Besides the freedom fighters, many allies helped us during our liberation war in 1971.
 arrow Overcrowded city
Overcrowded Dhaka metropolis(pop. 10 m plus) is facing more and more security problems.
 arrow Asians want Kerry
Election campaigns of the two presidential candidates, John Kerry and George W. Bush, are gradually ascending to a climax.
 arrow Raj Kapoor
Your cultural correspondent's write-up on Raj Kapoor, catalogued the achievements of the great showman who earned a niche for himself in the history of Indian cinema.
 arrow Democracy of Mr. Bush
Mr. Bush, the so called harbinger of democracy across the world, has now turned his shaft of criticism to Iran and has been busy to label it as a nuclear-possessed power.
 arrow Two tragedies
How far can we compare 9/11 with 3 September, 2004 of Russia and take lessons from them for a peaceful solution of our various socio-economic and political problems?

Who on this good earth is not

 arrow Attack on AL rally: Threat to national security
My attention has been drawn to the opinion column titled as above, by Air Commodore Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury ndc, psc (retd) that appeared on September 3 in response to my article published on September
 arrow How many more deaths?
The tragic death of Sumi, a first year student of philosophy department of Jahangirnagar University, has left a deep scar on the students of JU .
 arrow A question to Putin
A very tragic incident happened at Beslan School in Russia in which 322 people died and hundreds were injured, half of them were children.
 arrow Your life is in danger!
The pattern of unrest and insecurity in the country is becoming more clear since the 21/8 bombing of a political meeting in Dhaka.
 arrow A worried citizen
As a citizen under duress, I appreciate the neutral observations on current and political affairs by social activist Mrs. Sigma Huda (DS Sep 7).
 arrow A failed team
There is a cricket team with Test status . The performance of that team is substandard but there is no symptom of improvement. They change their management and coach at regular intervals.
 arrow English Language teaching
Communicative language teaching has got wider approval from its embryonic stage.
StarTecharrow eGeneration attempts poverty alleviation with technology
 arrow India's first edn satellite blasts off into the space
MARKING a milestone achievement in India's space technology, the country's first satellite to be exclusively used for distant education connecting classrooms in remote parts was put into orbit.
 arrow Microsoft to share Office 2003 source code
 arrow Samsung claims breakthough in key techonologies
SOUTH Korea's Samsung Electronics claimed breakthroughs in key technologies that promise greater data storage and faster processing for computers and mobile devices such as MP3 audio players.
 arrow Seminar on earthquake engineering research
A seminar titled 'Earthquake Engineering Research in The University of Asia Pacific' was be held on September 16 at the main auditorium of The University of Asia Pacific (UAP), says a press release. Dr.
Star Chittagongarrow Risky journey on faulty vessels
Most of the river vessels with mechanical faults and documents ply 17 routes to and from Chittagong with risk of fatal human casualties. These vessels also do not have proper documents.
 arrow Move to enrol private university graduates at CU
Chittagong University (CU) authorities are considering a proposal for enrolling private university graduates at post graduate level, sources said.
Star Cityarrow Clogged up canals keep city waterlogged
As waterlogging disrupts life even after a splash of shower in the capital, authorities in charge of clearing sewage say encroachments on different canals obstruct normal flow of water leading to severe
 arrow DCC in dearth of funds to repair damaged roads
Repair of city roads damaged by torrential rain last week seems uncertain as Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) lacks adequate funds.
 arrow Movie makers want stringent anti-piracy law
Bangladesh Film Producers and Distributors Association (BFPDA) demands amendment to the Copyright Act 1994 to check video piracy as the existence of the film industry is threatened due to absence of stringent
 arrow DU printing press bleeds on old tech
Dhaka University's (DU) printing press has become a white elephant --earning only about one-seventh of its annual expenditure.
 arrow Private diagnostic centres thrive on poor public facilities
Patients of two major public hospitals in the city -- Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Mitford Hospital -- are persistently being sent over to private diagnostic centers for medical tests.
 arrow Sanitation for all by 2010 unlikely
The government's goal 'sanitation for all by 2010' in Dhaka city looks a distant reality as donors are yet to give assurance regarding resource mobilisation for the ambitious project.