Vol. 5 Num 124 Sun. September 26, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Joint assessment puts floods damage at $2b
A joint donor-government assessment yesterday put the floods damage at Tk 13,000 crore or $ 2 billion, apparently putting to rest a controversy over the damage estimate.
 arrow 1,300 more detained in countrywide crackdown
About 1,300 people were detained in the capital and elsewhere yesterday as the police continued blanket arrests in the latest crackdown on the opposition leaders and activists ahead of their October 3
 arrow Unabated political unrest to jeopardise governance
Politicians, former bureaucrats and civil society members at a roundtable yesterday said the entire nation needs to be mobilised to face and solve the current political crisis, which if unabated might
 arrow Judicial body claims close to truth
The head of the one-man judicial inquiry commission is hopeful of arriving at a decision when all the intelligence agencies are clueless about the perpetrators and their motives even a month into thegrisly
 arrow Rolling waters swamp 80 villages in Magura
Floodwaters rolling from upstream India yesterday swamped about 80 villages in Magura district and fresh areas in the already flooded two other southwestern districts, inundating roads, homesteads, educational
 arrow Cheetah 'crossfire' kills 'killer' Bhutto
Kajem Uddin Bhuiyan alias Bhutto, a close aide to top terror Kala Jahangir, died yesterday in what the police said was in a crossfire between criminals and a 'Cheetah' team 24 hours into his arrest.
 arrow JU teacher asks female students to wear burqa
A teacher of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday issued a fatwa (religious edict) asking his female students to attend classes wearing burqa (veil) that sparked resentment among the teachers and students.
 arrow PM opens Novo Theatre
A rare opportunity opened up for science-enthusiastic people to acquire practical knowledge of the stars and solar system as Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the country's first planetarium.
 arrow WI tail wags for trophy glory
West Indies ended a 25-year wait for a major one-day title by pulling off a dramatic two-wicket victory in the ICC Champions Trophy final against England at The Oval here on Saturday.
 arrow US-led forces pound Fallujah: 8 dead
Eight people were killed and 11 wounded overnight when US forces again used artillery and planes to pound the rebel stronghold of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, hospital sources said yesterday.
 arrow Blanket arrests violate HC ruling
The police and paramilitary forces have ignored a rule of the High Court to launch a countrywide blanket-arrest drive on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to foil the opposition's movement to topple government,
 arrow Keep essentials' prices stable in Ramadan by all means
In the wake of recent price-spiral of essentials, a Jatiya Sangsad (JS) body yesterday asked the commerce ministry to take all-out measures to keep the prices stable during the upcoming month of Ramadan.
 arrow Case against Partha sent for trial
The case against Saibal Saha Partha, arrested on charges of sending email threat to kill Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, was shifted to the Court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Accused in Jail Killing Case promoted
An accused in the historic jail killing case major (retd) Khairuzzaman has been promoted as additional secretary in the foreign ministry from director general (DG) for South East Asia.
 arrow HSC exams results tomorrow
The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, 2004 under seven education boards, Alim, Fazil, Kamil under Madrasa Education Board and business management under Technical Education
 arrow BTTB limits int'l call duration
The state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has introduced call limit for subscribers in the wake of revenue losses due to non-payment of international call charges by a section of
 arrow JS sub-body to probe project 'irregularities'
The parliamentary standing committee on energy and mineral resources ministry at a meeting yesterday formed a sub-committee to probe alleged allegations of financial irregularities in the BaropukuriaCoal
 arrow 4 family members of minister's APS die in car crash
Four members of the family of a minister's assistant private secretary (APS) were killed and the APS and his car driver injured in a road accident at Kabirajhat on the Dinajpur-Thakurgaon highway early
 arrow Rab nabs suspected abductors with SMG
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of Chittagong in separate raids in the city early yesterday arrested two persons for suspected links to an abduction and recovered a sub-machine gun.
 arrow Six student organisations sit with DU today to end crisis
Leaders of six opposition-backed student organisations will sit with the Dhaka University (DU) authorities today to resolve the crisis arising out of an indefinite strike they enforced on September 12.
 arrow DCC to demolish old houses soon
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will soon embark on a plan to demolish old and dilapidated houses under the vested property.
Businessarrow Food grain output may fall 4pc short of target
Food grain production this year may fall four percent short of target due to the devastating countrywide flood, predicts a senior World Bank (WB) economist.
 arrow Oil hits record $48.88 amid supply fears
Crude oil futures jumped to a record high closing on the New York Mercantile Exchange Friday, as markets fretted over tight US supplies despite a decision to release small amounts from a strategic reserve.
 arrow Phuket launching promo offer ahead of Eid
Thai private airline Phuket Air plans to expand its Bangladesh operation and introduce wide-bodied aircraft from the first week of October.
 arrow China backs Russia’s WTO bid
China said Friday it would back Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization but failed to win a commitment from Moscow to build an oil pipeline Beijing sees as critical to meet growing energy needs.
 arrow US pushing debt relief plan for poor states: WB chief
The head of the World Bank said Friday the Bush administration had discussed with him a plan to cancel poor countries' debt to global institutions, but said it hadn't revealed to him how this would be
 arrow China economy to grow 9pc this year
China's economy will grow at about 9 percent this year, the State Development and Reform Commission said, upgrading an earlier estimate of 7.2 percent.
 arrow $40m ADB loan for Nepal's rebellion-torn areas
The Asian Development Bank said Saturday it had approved a 40-million-dollar soft loan for Nepal to improve roads and bridges in areas torn by a Maoist insurgency.
 arrow India's Gujarat to consider state firm sale, closure
India's Gujarat state said Friday it will consider restructuring a dozen state-run firms through sale or even closure, leading to sharp share price gains for those companies already listed on the stock
 arrow IFIC Bank employees to get insurance coverage from Pragati Life
Pragati Life Insurance Limited will provide group life and health insurance facilities for the employees of International Finance, Investment and Commerce Bank Limited (IFIC Bank).
 arrow Sri Lanka raises diesel price by 22pc
Sri Lanka on Saturday increased prices of diesel by 22 percent in a bid to reduce mounting losses for the state-run oil distribution company, officials said.
 arrow ADB to give political risk guarantees to Afghan investors
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Saturday it has approved a 15 million-dollar support to a fund to provide political risk guarantees to investors in post-war Afghanistan.
 arrow UAE national airline starts service to India
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced Saturday the launch of its service to India, its eleventh destination in 10 months.
 arrow SIA to outsource IT work, 130 staff laid off
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Friday it will lay off 130 staff from its information technology (IT) division in the second round of outsourcing reforms announced by the national carrier in less than a
Sportsarrow Cricket: Aussies bank on SL success
Stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist said Saturday Australia will seek inspiration from their success in Sri Lanka as they attempt to win the first Test series in India in more than three decades.
 arrow Cricket: On high sources' advice?
Pakistan's much criticised English coach Bob Woolmer on Saturday defended the decision to bat first in the ICC Champions Trophy match it lost to the West Indies, saying it was based on advice from "high
 arrow Tennis: Svetlana wins Russian duel
US Open champion Svetlana Kuzne-tsova beat reigning Wimbledon queen Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals of the 585,000 dollar China Open here Saturday and now faces number one seed American Serena
 arrow Cricket: ICC thinks NFL-wise
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering a proposal to allow teams to appeal against umpiring decisions.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers start training today
It is back to training for the Bangladesh cricket team after a week off since returning from England where they took part in the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan down India
Pakistan defeated India 2-1 in the first game of an eight match series at the Hockey Club of Pakistan stadium here Friday.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann irks'em
Juergen Klinsmann has made it clear since taking over as Germany coach that he wants to run the team his own way, and not everybody likes it.
 arrow Football: Drogba relieves Chelsea
Didier Drogba's second league goal of the season finally broke Middlesbrough's resistance as Chelsea spared their fans a third consecutive goalless draw on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Football Briefs
New Argentina coach Jose Pekerman on Friday dropped veteran midfielder Juan Sebastien Veron from the squad to face Uruguay (Oct 9 in Buenos Aires) and Chile (Oct 13 in Santiago) in the next round of World
 arrow Hockey: Afghan hockey team in city
Afghanistan arrived in Dhaka yesterday to take part in the international invitation hockey tournament.
 arrow Football: Chaotic private soccer day
The first-ever football competition involving the private universities of the country got jumbled at the Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Khondaker retains his post
After a failed attempt last year to hold the Dhaka cricket leagues Khondoker Jamil Uddin has got a second chance to get domestic cricket rolling again when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named him
 arrow Football: Bandarban soccer
Deshbandhu Ekadash pulled off an exciting 1-0 win against Shabakshali Rowangchari Sports Association in Bandarban Football League at the local stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Football: Gaibandha football
Eight Star Club lifted the Kishore Football Tournament title when they blanked Boys Sporting Club 2-0 in the final at the NH High School ground in Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Yet Ponting to miss first Test
No surgery is required for Australian captain Ricky Ponting's broken left thumb but he is rated highly unlikely to play in the first cricket Test against India, Cricket Australia said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin could be back in 2 weeks
Sachin Tendulkar, afflicted by tennis elbow, would need at least two weeks to recover fitness, according to Dr Anant Joshi who examined the master batsman on his return to India earlier this week.
 arrow Tennis: Berlin honours Graf
German tennis legend Steffi Graf could not hide her delight on Saturday after the centre court for the German Open in Berlin was named after her following a charity match with Argentine great Gabriela
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe face defeat
Zimbabwe's inexperienced cricket team faced an innings defeat despite a maiden first-class hundred from opener Brendon Taylor in their four-day tour match at Gaddafi Stadium here Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Paid maternity leave of 16 weeks suggested
Karmojibi Nari, an initiative for working women, yesterday called on the government to include a provision for paid maternity leave of 16 weeks in the proposed labour law of 2003.
 arrow 'Bring children under ECCD programme '
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for formulation of a national policy to bring all children under early childhood care and development (ECCD) programme.
 arrow Oikya Mancha, BDB joint declaration today
Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) will announce a joint declaration today with a view to formulating a people's manifesto.
 arrow Bagerhat Jubo Dal leader beaten to death
A Jubo Dal leader was beaten to death by the miscreants in Bagerhat town on Friday night.
Nationalarrow Ashuganj power plant may come to a grinding halt
Ashuganj Power Station, the second largest generation unit in the country, may cease to operate any moment because of lack of overhauling.
 arrow Tk 1.5 crore drawn on 'fake' bills
Some construction companies including one owned by an influential local BNP leader have drawn about Tk one crore and a half from the Construction and Maintenance Management Unit (CMMU) of Health Ministry
 arrow Train service through Bahadurabad restored
Dinajpur-Dhaka Teesta Inter-city train service through Balashi Bahadurabad ferry terminal resumed yesterday after 74 days of suspension.
 arrow People hostage to launch owners on risky routes
BIWTC's Rocket steamer service on the Dhaka-Barisal-Khulna route has been reduced to four days a week from seven days and its sea truck service on the risky Mirzakalu-Alekzander route through the Meghna
 arrow A small loan helps a lot
Widow Shakimon has changed her life with only Tk 4,000 loan provided by an NGO.
 arrow 6 bombs recovered from Patuakhali cinema
Police recovered six live cocktails (hand bombs) from a cinema hall at Kalia Bandar in Baufal upazila in Patuakhali district on Friday.
 arrow BSF snatches cattle in B'Baria
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) entered Bangladesh territory in Ragarampur village in Koshba upazila in the district and snatched 14 cows and 7 goats on Thursday.
 arrow 70 km roads damaged in Patuakhali town
Most of the roads in Patuakhali town and adjoining areas, badly damaged by the recent flood and recurring high tide, are now unfit for use.
 arrow Body recovered from Barisal hotel
The body of a boarder was recovered from a residential hotel in the city on Friday.
 arrow 20 hurt as rival BNP men clash
At least 20 persons including two women were injured in a clash between two factions of ruling BNP at Mahiskundi village in Daulatpur upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Fake revenue stamps recovered
Brahmanbaria police arrested one Billal Hossain from Kamalmura village in the sadar thana and recovered huge quantities of fake revenue stamps and non-judicial stamps worth Tk 62, 282 from his house on
 arrow Abduction bid foiled: 5 bullet-hit
At least five villagers were injured when a gang opened fire on them after they failed to abduct a school student at Dukhipur village in Daulatpur upazila on Thursday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow The duty of the government
People of the country are worried and concerned about the news published in various newspapers expressing doubts as to whether the investigation into the grenade attack of August 21 will be carried out
 arrow Finance Minister and CAG
The Daily Star in its second editorial of September 1, 2004 wondered why Finance Minister, Mr.
Culturearrow From simplicity to surrealism--SH Rafi's powerful vision
SH Rafi's ongoing exhibition at Alliance Francaise won high praise from visiting professors of his department and Myriam Boussinot, the new director of Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Homage to SM Solaiman
The Theatre Art Unit celebrated the third death anniversary of SM Solaiman, the multi faceted theatre personality of the country, at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Drama review: Ami Noi
Nagarik Natyangan Ensemble premièred its latest play Ami Noi at a time when man is at a complex confrontation with the self in the process of self-exploration of his/her identity.
 arrow Sacchu: Pursuing a career in films
Shahidul Alam Sacchu is a well-established actor. Here we quote him on his early beginnings as an actor, his theatrical accomplishments and his future prospects.
Internationalarrow 'Long, rough road ahead for Indo-Pak peace'
The leaders of India and Pakistan have brightened South Asia's peace hopes with a feel-good first meeting but skirted away from tough issues such as their half-century old conflict over Kashmir, analysts
 arrow Allawi, US seek int'l meet on Iraq next month
The US administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi are trying to organize an international conference in October to boost Iraq's electoral process, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a report
 arrow Bush, Kerry launch own war over Iraq
US President George W. Bush on Friday slammed Democratic rival John Kerry for questioning Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's upbeat forecasts for his country.
 arrow Number of US 'green cards' drops
The stringent security measures adopted after the September 11 attacks in 2001 contributed to a 34 percent drop in the number of permanent-resident visas awarded in the United States last year, according
 arrow Top US officials clash over Iraq election
Iraq's elections should be nationwide, a top Bush administration official said Friday, clashing publicly with Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's suggestion that voting might not take place in the most
 arrow Taliban step up plans to disrupt Afghan polls: US
The Taliban and their al-Qaeda allies are stepping up plans to disrupt Afghanistan's first direct presidential election on Oct. 9, the head of the US-led coalition said yesterday.
 arrow 'Immigrants victims of forced labour in US'
Modern slavery not only exists but thrives in the US, especially in states where immigrants abound, according to a new study.
 arrow Attack on senior Pakistani official: 3 cops killed
At least three policemen were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen yesterday on a senior Pakistani police officer in this southwestern provincial capital, police said.
 arrow Taiwan vows to retaliate Chinese attacks amid anti-arms deal protest
Taiwan Premier Yu Shyi-kun yesterday vowed to retaliate should China launch missile attacks against the island as thousands of Taiwanese took to the streets to protest against the government's massive
 arrow Thousands in Florida asked to flee hurricane
Hurricane Jeanne forced the evacuations of more than 800,000 residents yesterday as it bore down on Florida with winds near 105 mph and threatened to strengthen into a major storm.
 arrow Sudan 'foils coup plot'
Sudan says it has foiled a coup plot by backers of detained Islamist opposition leader, Hassan al-Turabi.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Crackdown on opposition
NOT five months after the government launched a similar crackdown on opposition party workers and activists, it has again initiated a country-wide mass arrest of the grass-roots level organisers of the
 arrow Editorial: It is Rahela now
THE unspeakable torment of Rahela Akhter, a rape victim, finally came to an end when she lost her battle against death.
 arrow "New sovereigntism" and the second Bush administration
The latest polls show President Bush either leading Senator Kerry by a considerable margin or the two in a dead heat if the election were to be held now.
 arrow Game of one-upmanship
Meeting at the summit between India and Pakistan, whether on the sidelines of the UN or in formal surroundings, is always welcome.
Letters to Editorarrow No more politics
We, the general students of Dhaka University, are politically victimised. Our future is really in jeopardy. Our academic life has been paralysed by the frequency of student strike.
 arrow BTV
BTV has graduated itself to BTV World with all the same boring programmes and the 'blessed' rather than 'talented' actors and performers.
 arrow Response to Nur Jahan
Ms. Jahan, I share the same concern as you do. The anxiety produced by the AL leaders is primitive and totally clashes with democratic
 arrow Terrorist attacks
As a citizen, I am fast losing faith in the views expressed by the majority of the politicians (presumptions, opinions, statements, accusations, presumptions and mud-slinging).
 arrow Institutional weakness and political crisis
I strongly condemn the attack on the leader of the opposition . The opposition is an integral part of a parliamentary system.
Star Healtharrow Dealing with heart failure
Heart failure has become the fastest growing type of heart disease worldwide. People over 40 and older have a 1 in 5 chance of developing heart failure in their life time.
 arrow Tiniest babies grow up to be mostly healthy adults
While children born very premature often develop behavioral and social problems in their teen years, these children report a normal quality of life in early adulthood, according to findings from an ongoing
 arrow Great expectations on maternal & child health
The subject of World Health Day 2005 is maternal and child health.
 arrow Obesity/Diabetes could hit life expectancy
Twin global epidemics of obesity and diabetes are out of control and could reduce life expectancy in the future, health experts said.
Star Cityarrow Pump shortage prolongs waterlogging
Authorities failed to pump out stagnant water from the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) dam over the last two weeks because of a shortage of pumps.
 arrow Losing out to land grabbers on either side
A canal on the western fringe of Dhaka is losing out to encroachment that went from strength to strength on both sides of the water retention body in apparent neglect of the Water and Sewerage Authority
 arrow Office, Kitchen items steal the show at first furniture fair
Office and kitchen furniture stole the show at the first ever National Furniture Fair organised by Bangladesh Furniture Industries Owners' Association (BFIOA) at the China-Bangladesh Friendship Centre
 arrow Setting up of four new burial places this year uncertain
The plan to create four new graveyards in the capital within this year may not be possible to implement as the Prime Minister has asked the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to make some changes to the project.
 arrow Another delay for Mohakhali flyover
The country's first flyover at Mohakhali might not be inaugurated on time because of the delay in installation of Shock Transmission Units (STU) that lessen the impact on the structure in the event of
 arrow More session jams loom over DU academic year
Students of Dhaka University (DU) are going to face three months of additional session jam because of strikes both by the student organisations and teachers.