Vol. 5 Num 121 Thu. September 23, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Exports, growth forecast to slump
The overall export growth is forecast to slump by more than half from last fiscal year and GDP growth may come down 1.
 arrow Corporate resilient despite slip in business edge
Although business competitiveness slipped further last year on the back of corruption, inefficient bureaucracy and crime, the corporate sector showed strong resilience posting gains in production, exports
 arrow 50-km human chain formed to show no-trust in govt
Tens of thousands of activists and adherents of the mainstream opposition parties yesterday took to streets forming a 50-kilometre human chain from Gazipur to Narayanganj across the capital to show no
 arrow Trapped inside DND dam
The residents of entire Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment area, which was flooded by last week's heavy downpour, are still reeling from severe waterlogging due to inadequate effort to pump outstagnant
 arrow Democracy erodes daily here
Visiting British MP Oona King yesterday expressed concern over what she termed was deteriorating 'fragile democracy' in Bangladesh.
 arrow Army protest
Bangladesh Army has strongly protested what it said were efforts by a vested quarter to implicate it in the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in an attempt to destroy the image of thearmy
 arrow Bangladesh scores highest FDI growth in S Asia in 2003
Bangladesh achieved the highest growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) among the South Asian countries in 2003, a United Nations body reported yesterday.
 arrow PM asks exporters for quality knitwear
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday emphasised on peace, stability, unity and work for the country's rapid development.

"Patriotism is not a matter of emotion or mere rhetoric in this age.

 arrow WI waltz into final
A buoyant West Indies side put their Test match misery behind them to reach the final of the ICC Champions Trophy demolishing Pakistan by seven wickets at the Rose Bowl here yesterday.
 arrow Flooding maroons 3 lakh people in Satkhira, Jessore
Floodwater continues to rush from India into the border areas of Satkhira and Jessore districts swamping roads, standing crop and homesteads, and has marooned over three lakh villagers, many of whom are
 arrow Special drive against Khulna outlaws starts
Police on Tuesday midnight launched special operations in the crime-prone areas in Khulna and Satkhira in the wake of outlawed New Biplabi Communist Party's (NBCP) activities.
 arrow 21 killed, over 100 hurt in Iraq unrest
Baghdad was engulfed in violence yesterday as 21 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in a car bomb attack and US-led offensives on Shia and Sunni rebel pockets in the capital.
 arrow Duta calls off strike
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) yesterday withdrew its indefinite work abstention programme following the expulsion of three students for ransacking the office of its president Prof.
 arrow JP's Tongi thana leader shot
Unidentified assailants last night shot and injured the Jatiya Party (Ershad) convenor of Tongi Thana unit.
 arrow Interpol experts may visit Dhaka again
Interpol may send experts to Bangladesh again to help probe into the August 21 grenade attack on the Awami League (AL) rally, if required.
 arrow 4 cops hurt in bomb attack
Four policemen were seriously hurt in blasts as at least seven bombs were hurled at their pick-up van in Khajura bus stand area Tuesday night.
 arrow Lawyer's probe body still awaits info from govt
The government is yet to respond to the requests of Supreme Court Bar Association's (SCBA) probe committee to help it with some vital documents on the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally.
 arrow Bomb goes off at Jhenidah cinema
A bomb exploded at a cinema in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenidah district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Barisal medical college director falls sick after assault by BNP men
The director of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) fell ill after he was assaulted allegedly by the ruling BNP-backed cadres at his office on yesterday morning.
 arrow Truck with Tk 30 lakh Horlicks looted
Robbers looted huge quantity of health drink Horlicks reportedly worth over Tk 30 lakh from a truck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Sitakunda in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Six killed in capital
Two people were killed and four others died unnatural deaths in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Bombs blast at DU hall
Two bombs exploded on the rooftop of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University (DU) last night, sending panic among the students who witnessed a number of blasts and received threats on the campus in the last
Businessarrow Saifur fires broadside at textile millers
Accusing the textile sector of not extending proper support to garment and knitwear sector, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday threatened to reopen the Benapole Land Port to allow
 arrow Four-day furniture fair begins
With a view to familiarising quality of local furniture, a four-day national furniture fair began at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Consumers taken for ride in absence of regulators
Consumers are at the mercy of manufacturers due to absence of legislation and watchdog body for commodity and service markets in Bangladesh, speakers said at a meeting yesterday.
 arrow Pangaon container terminal to spur economic activities
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday said the construction of inland container terminal at Pangaon under Keraniganj upazila would spur economic activities of the country in a very short time.
 arrow Asian Shippers' Council formed
With a view to protecting interests of shippers in Asia and presenting their view to the international communities, Asian Shippers' Council (ASC) has been formed at a function in Singapore recently.
 arrow Opec president appeals for rise in production
Opec President Purnomo Yusgiantoro Wednesday appealed to oil producing nations to step up output to counter a renewed surge in prices blamed on storm damage and the woes of Russian oil firm Yukos.
 arrow Asia to outperform this year, lower growth seen in ’05: ADB
Developing Asia is set to outperform this year with higher-than-expected growth of 7.
 arrow Malaysian food festival in Dec
Malaysia will hold a food and cultural festival in December in Dhaka.
 arrow Square Pharma declares 70pc cash, 20pc stock dividends
Square Pharmaceuticals Limited has declared a 70 percent cash dividend and stock dividend (bonus share) at the rate of one share for every five shares for the year ended on March 31, 2004.
 arrow Tk 27cr Japanese grant for water examination labs
Japan has granted Tk 27.22 crore (495 million yen) aid for strengthening water examination system in Bangladesh.

An exchange of notes to this effect was signed in Dhaka on Tuesday, says a press release.

 arrow IFC makes $4.75b in new investments
The International Finance Corp made $4.75 billion in new investments in developing countries in fiscal year 2004, an increase of 23 percent over the previous year, the World Bank arm said Tuesday.
 arrow Aktel opens customer care centre at Dilkusha
Aktel, a GSM service provider, has launched a customer care centre at Dilkusha in Dhaka.
 arrow US awaits lifting of Japan's ban on its beef
The United States hopes that Japanese authorities will quickly lift a ban on American beef imports imposed last December as a result of a single proven case of mad cow disease in the United States, an
 arrow EU regrets US complaint to WTO over customs regime
The European Commission said Tuesday it regretted Washington's announcement that it was filing a complaint against the European Union before the World Trade Organization over the EU's customs system.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh overburdened?
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani said that Bangladesh's Test status is not under any threat but observed that the ten-year busy cricket calendar is stressful for the Test babes.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan sees finish line
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted his side could raise themselves for one last effort and crown a fine season by winning the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors pick 21 for NZ series
The national selectors yesterday picked 21 probables for the home series against New Zealand ending a long discussion for the last two days.
 arrow Cricket: Another feather in Freddy's cap
Andrew Flintoff received further recognition for his fantastic summer when he was named the Profe-ssional Cricketers' Association's player of the year.
 arrow Cricket: Slow recovery for Sachin
India's star batsman Sachin Tendul-kar was left praying for a miracle Wednesday as a serious tennis elbow injury threatened to rule him out of next month's home series against world champions Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting misses first Test
Australia suffered a blow ahead of their upcoming test series with India on Wednesday as it was announced captain Ricky Ponting will miss the first Test because of a fractured left thumb.
 arrow Cricket: I'll be back, says McMillan
New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan has vowed to reclaim his Test place after being dropped for the forthcoming tour to Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket goes French!
The large British expatriate community in the Dordogne region brought its love for cricket to southwest France many years ago, but is now finally converting locals to the sport.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova starts in style
Wimbledon winner Maria Shara-pova scorched Russian compatriot Tatiana Panova 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday to kick-start her campaign at the China Open and book a place in the quarter-finals.
 arrow Paralympics: Together they run into record books
When Kenyan Henry Wanyoike, blind since he was 21, comes thundering down the track for the final sprint of a 10,000 meter race, he is tethered body and soul to his seeing-eye shadow-runner Joseph Kibunja
 arrow Paralympics: Paralympic dopers
Two weightlifters from Azerbaidjan have been banned from competition for life after testing positive for drugs, in the first two doping cases of the Athens Paralympics, officials said here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI hunts for TV
India's cricket chiefs began a frenetic search Wednesday for a broadcaster to show next month's home series against world champions Australia after cancelling a controversial 308-million-dollar television
 arrow Football: Beckham freekicks Real to top
Under-fire England captain David Beckham lifted some of the misery hanging over Spanish giants Real Madrid here as a spectacular free-kick saw them to a 1-0 victory over Osasuna and to the top of thetable.
 arrow Football: Roma hear the music
Dynamo Kiev were awarded a 3-0 win over AS Roma on Tuesday after their Champions League match was abandoned when the referee was hit by an object thrown from the crowd in Rome.
 arrow Football: Champs in lead
Three-time champions Lyon went top of the French league after beating Toulouse 2-0.
 arrow Football: Burn-out behind Euro-2004 flop
Europe's top players are failing to reproduce club form in international tournaments because of burn-out, European soccer's ruling body UEFA said in its post mortem of the 2004 European Cham-pionshipin
 arrow Football: Rescue-man Makaay
Dutch international Roy Makaay continued his act of rescuing Bayern Munich, scoring in the final seconds to secure a 3-2 second round cup win over regional minnows VfL Osnabruck.
 arrow Football: More cheers for Keegan
Former England manager Kevin Keegan can breathe a little easier after his Manchester City side thrashed Barnsley 7-1 in the second round of the League Cup.
 arrow Football: Eriksson not approached
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson denied any link with the Real Madrid coaching post after their coach Jose Antonio Camacho resigned after just six games in charge.
 arrow Athletics: Nat'l weightlifting starts today
The 28th Senior, 9th Junior and 5th Women's Weightlifting Champion-ships gets underway today in the city.

The three-day meet will be held at the National Sports Council Gymnasium.

 arrow Football: Japan to host first two world club tourneys
Japan is set to host the 2006 World Club Championship in addition to the 2005 tournament, Japanese soccer chief Saburo Kawabuchi said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Assault charge on Keane
Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane was charged with assault and criminal damage Tuesday over an alleged confrontation with a 16-year-old boy.
 arrow Football: Centennial Order of Merit for Pele, Beckenbauer
Pele and Franz Beckenbauer will be awarded FIFA's Centennial Order of Merit on Thursday.
 arrow Football: 3 chase BFF post
Three nominations have been submitted for the vacant post of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) vice-president (senior) before yesterday's deadline.
 arrow Football: Goals galore in varsity soccer
There was goal feast on the third day of the Stamford inter-private university football tournament with as many as 20 goals scored in two matches at the Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: FUTURO refs' course
The FUTURO-3, instructors' course for referees run by FIFA, begins tomorrow morning at the National Sports Council conference room.
Metropolitanarrow 'Ensure equal access for women'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to ensure equal access to overseas employment for both men and women.
 arrow Contraband drugs worth Tk 6 lakh seized
Directorate of Drug Administration (DDA) seized contraband drugs wroth around Tk 6 lakh at Midford Medicine Market on Tuesday.
 arrow Woman commissioner threatened to withdraw case
Alleged criminals are threatening a newly elected women commissioner of Satkhira pourasava to withdraw an extortion case filed with Satkhira thana against them.
 arrow 2 killed in Manikganj road mishap
Two people were killed and 15 injured, four of them critically, when a Paturia-bound pick-up van (Jessore-Da-11-0266) from Dhaka hit a roadside tree at Jagir in Manikgaonj Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
Nationalarrow Opposition MP trying to hush up racket
A local lawmaker belonging to an opposition party is trying to hush up the detection of spurious mustard oil worth bout Tk 25 lakh in the town, police said yesterday.
 arrow An educated youth with vision
Md Rafiqul Islam Titu did not hanker after job after having Masters degree in Management from Dhaka University in 1991.
 arrow A different BSCIC estate
The Nandanpur BSCIC Industrial Estate in Brahmanbaria is different from others in the country. While most others are virtually grazing lands, it is humming with activity, employing over 2000 people.
 arrow 2-minute foray
At least 20 children were injured when a tornado battered their primary school and about 100 houses at Kowkhali village in Bauphal upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Barisal Board HSC results on Sept 27
Results of HSC examinations held under Barisal Education Board will be published on September 27, its Chairman Anowar Ul Haque said on Monday.
 arrow Tortured housemaid fighting for life
Fifteen year-old house maid Fatama Begum is now fighting for life at Modhupur Upazila Health Complex after she was hit with a iron rod by her mistress.
 arrow Woman commissioner threatened to withdraw case
Alleged criminals are threatening a newly elected women commissioner of Satkhira pourasava to withdraw an extortion case filed with Satkhira thana against them.
 arrow 2 killed in Manikganj road mishap
Two people were killed and 15 injured, four of them critically, when a Paturia-bound pick-up van (Jessore-Da-11-0266) from Dhaka hit a roadside tree at Jagir in Manikgaonj Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Prisoner dies at Comilla hospital
A prisoner of Comilla central Jail died at Comilla Medical College Hospital yesterday. Hanife, 30, serving a jail term for dacoity, was sent to the hospital on September 7 for treatment of kidney.
 arrow Withdrawal of OC demanded
Assassuni thana Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student front of ruling BNP, brought out a procession and held a rally on Tuesday demanding withdrawal of the officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station
 arrow Five remanded
Five persons, arrested with sophisticated arms by Rab from Bandarban and Satkania in Chittagong on September 18, were placed on five days' remand on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Task force on tourism promotion
Foreign investors consider lack of continuity in government policies as one of the most important impediments to foreign direct investment (FDI) in Bangladesh.
 arrow The fine art of lying to win elections in a democracy
In American television programming there is a time-tested adage, "No one ever lost money by underestimating the taste of the American public.
Culturearrow Behind the lens
Popular documentary filmmaker Manzare Hassin Murad is busy with his new film made in VHS.
 arrow Première show of Jolbalika
Social issues hold centre stage in many theatrical productions.
 arrow Pop stars band together for Suu Kyi
Some of the world's top artistes and musicians have banded together to push for the freedom of Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, activists said.
 arrow B&H Star Search 2004 resumes with Khulna auditions
After a brief break caused by the recent floods, the Benson & Hedges Star Search 2004 resumed with the regional auditions for Khulna zone recently.
 arrow Sophia Loren: An ageless appeal
'The epitome of a woman' is how one star struck fan described Sophia Loren. Particularly well known to the over 40s generation, she was among the most successful international stars of the postwar era.
Generalarrow India should increase imports from Bangladesh
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya yesterday said that his government has always been in favour of increasing imports from Bangladesh to reduce the huge trade gap between the two neighbours.
 arrow Save Lauachhara national park
Environmental groups yesterday appealed to the government not to allow Unocal, a US-based oil company, to set up gas pipeline through the fragile national park at Lauachhara in Moulovibazar.
 arrow Coordinated efforts a must to stop child, women trafficking
Around 550 women and children were trafficked from Bangladesh to different countries since March 2000.
 arrow 'Some parties plot to create instability'
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said some political parties were engaged in a conspiracy to create instability in the country.
 arrow DU students protest police harassment
Students of Dhaka University formed a human chain at the Central Shaheed Minar yesterday to protest the harassment of a student by police.
 arrow JCD-Shibir clash in Kushtia college
At least 15 Jatyiatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists were injured during a clash with Islami Chhatra Shibir at Jibonnagar Degree College here yesterday.
 arrow JCD prevents BNP MP from joining JU syndicate meet
A ruling party lawmaker could not attend a special meeting of the Jahangirnagar University (JU) syndicate yesterday in the face of protest by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists.
 arrow Credit agreement signed with IDA
A credit agreement was signed on Tuesday in in the city between Bangladesh and the International Development Association (IDA) to provide assistance for identification and implementation of reforms at
 arrow Two PBCP men beaten by mob in Khulna
Two activists of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddho) were mercilessly beaten by angry mob as they demanded Tk 50,000 as toll from a cement dealer of Sabujbagh under Sonadanga Police Station yesterday.
 arrow 1,761 more held
Police arrested some 1,761 people including six listed criminals on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Violence casts shadows over Iraq election hopes
Hopes for Iraqi national elections in January hinge on a dramatic improvement in the country's security situation, but US and UN officials predict bloodshed will rage on through polling day.
 arrow Iran will not give up right to uranium enrichment
President Mohammad Khatami asserted again Wednesday that Iran would not give up its plan to enrich uranium, despite international pressure for it to abandon the sensitive nuclear activity.
 arrow Kashmir CM escapes assisnation bid
Terrorists targeted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in a grenade attack as he filed his papers for an assembly by-election, but he escaped unhurt, police said.
 arrow Israel plays down Bush criticism
Israel played down Wednesday a rare rebuke from George W. Bush over its policy towards the Palestinians, insisting it was already implementing most of the US president's demands.
 arrow Iraqis hand over body to US embassy
The US embassy in Baghdad said Wednesday it received a body from Iraqi authorities, without saying whether it belonged to one of two US hostages killed by Islamic militants in Iraq.
 arrow British singer sparks US plane alert
A security alert involving the singer who used to be known as Cat Stevens has forced a London-to-Washington flight to be diverted to another US airport.
 arrow 3 US soldiers killed, 14 injured in Afghanistan
Three US soldiers were killed and 14 wounded in a series of hit-and-run attacks by Taliban militants in one of the worst days for US forces since they arrived here in 2001, the US military said Wednesday.
 arrow UN to deliver aid to flooded Haiti
Bodies lay in growing piles outside morgues as UN peacekeepers planned the first major distribution of food and water Wednesday in this city devastated by floods that have torn apart families and left
 arrow Torrential rain kills 33 in northern India
Torrential rain killed at least 33 people and washed away houses and farms in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Jail Killing Case
It is with extreme disappointment that we receive the news that the verdict in the historic Jail Killing Case is to be deferred yet again.
 arrow Editorial: Indonesians have spoken
The convincing win by former general, Susilo Bambang Yudhyono in Indonesia's first ever direct presidential election can be termed as a milestone in consolidating democracy in the country.
 arrow The illegal war and 'march of democracy'
It has taken the UN Secretary General close to eighteen months to speak out his mind on the status of the intervention in Iraq led by the US and its coalition partners.
 arrow In search of a sceptical Muslim in a changing world
There seems to be a preoccupation with "Islamic fundamentalists" in popular Western discourse. "Bad" Muslims are waging a war against both a US-led West and "good" and "moderate" Muslims.
 arrow Why small arms jeopardise human security
A five-year-old child, Maisha was playing in front of her residence in Dhaka's Madartek area on September 2. That was a Thursday.
Letters to Editorarrow Punish the culprits
The political leaders promise to do something whenever something goes wrong. But it is necessary to punish the culprits. Consensus is not enough.
 arrow Simply a means of harassment
In the developed countries, taxpayers are honoured and the highest taxpayers are rewarded. But see a different picture in our country. So, it is time to put to paper the different picture.
 arrow Reading Clinton continued(3)
Too many cooks spoil the broth.