Vol. 5 Num 128 Thu. September 30, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Mass arrest put on hold until Oct 3
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued an injunction against the ongoing blanket arrests of opposition adherents and apolitical people alike under Section 86 of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Ordinance
 arrow Bribes eat away 3pc sales of businesses
Almost all Bangladeshi companies are subject to pay bribes and the volume is almost 3 percent of their total sales, a World Bank (WB) survey reveals.
 arrow Throttling democratic dissent will lead to hartals
We have never failed to condemn the opposition for calling hartals. We did so when the Awami League (AL) called it during '91-'96 and also when the BNP followed suit during '96-'01 period.
 arrow Rayerbazar monument drifting into ruin
Threatened by land erosion and subsidence, the Martyred Intellectuals' Monument at Rayerbazar is falling into ruin as the authorities are sitting on measures to protect it.
 arrow Flood rehabilitation needs $1.43-1.6b
A draft aide memoire of the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has put the post-flood recovery needs at $1.43 billion to $1.6 billion against a damage estimate of $2.2 billion.
 arrow Court orders arrest of witness
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered arrest of an octogenarian witness in the historic Jail Killing Case whose inability to give a statement before court is delaying verdict on the high-profile political case.
 arrow Toilet at monument protested
Hundreds of locals and civil society members yesterday formed a human chain protesting construction of a public toilet in front of the Martyred Intellectuals' Monument in Rayerbazar in Mohammadpur.
 arrow Police HQ denies it as mass arrest
The police headquarters yesterday categorically said the present scale of arrest could in no way be termed 'mass arrests' as the daily average of 1,216 persons caught this year is less than the figures
 arrow Sudhangshu Shekhar Halder passes away
Former lawmaker and Awami League (AL) leader Sudhangshu Shekhar Halder died at the Birdem Hospital in the city last night. He was 68.

Halder was suffering from liver cancer.

 arrow Shab-e-Barat tonight
The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed across the country tonight with due solemnity and religious fervour.
 arrow Judicial commission to 'answer agonising questions'
Justice Joynul Abedin yesterday said the one-member judicial commission tried to answer in its report all the agonising questions that haunt the patriotic citizens of Bangladesh on the August 21 grenade
 arrow Khilgaon SI, 2 others sued on extortion charge
Three cases were filed yesterday against as many persons, including a policeman, with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka on charges of extortion and intimidation.
 arrow Alliance plans rally Oct 9 to celebrate 3yrs in power
The BNP-led ruling alliance will celebrate its three years in power by holding rallies and bringing out processions across the country on October 9.
 arrow Dhaka examines co-ordinated border patrol with Delhi
Bangladesh on Tuesday said it was working on India's proposal for coordinated patrols along the borders between the two countries to stem illegal cross-border movement and drug smuggling.
 arrow Clampdown on port pirates soon
The police, navy, coastguards and airforce will soon start a joint clampdown on the pirates operating in the river Karnaphuli and outer anchorage of the Chittagong port, official sources said.
 arrow Rebel strike grips Nepal on day two
A strike called by Maoist rebels shut down much of Nepal for the second day on Wednesday as the government considered calling a ceasefire to jumpstart talks to end the bloody conflict.
 arrow AL, allies gear up for Oct 3 showdown
Politics is set to be stoked up further with the October 3 grand rally of Awami League in the city's Paltan Maidan, from where Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina would announce fresh agitation programmes,
 arrow Dhaka jailer, others face torture charge
A criminal case was filed against the superintendent, jailer and two officials of Dhaka Central Jail with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka yesterday for torturing a prisoner.
 arrow Third convict walks gallows
Amrita Lal, the third policeman convicted with death in the sensational Yasmin rape and murder case, was hanged in Rangpur Central Jail in the early hours today.
 arrow Rein in rickshaws

 arrow Three SUST teachers get death threat
Three teachers of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) received death threats on Tuesday.
 arrow Natwar assures Morshed of full support for Saarc Summit
Indian Foreign Minister K Natwar Singh assured his Bangladesh counterpart M Morshed Khan of India's fullest co-operation for successful completion of the upcoming Saarc Summit to be held in Dhaka in January
 arrow Road accident kills six in Narsingdi
Six people were killed in a road accident in Shibpur upazila of Narsingdi yesterday morning.
 arrow 700-gram heroin seized in Benapole
Police recovered 700 grams of heroin worth Tk 80 lakh from a rickshaw-puller in Benapole landport Tuesday night.
 arrow Flurry of hostage releases while violence kills nine
In a rare flurry of good news in Iraq, up to 10 hostages were freed, including two Italian women aid workers, raising hopes Wednesday for a captive Briton faced with a death threat and two kidnapped French
Businessarrow Bangladesh trade fair likely in Germany
A single country trade fair may be held in Germany to generate interest among German businesspeople about Bangladeshi products.
 arrow Oil prices fall from $50 as crude stocks swell
Oil prices dropped from record highs above $50 a barrel on Wednesday as weekly US inventory data showed a surprise increase in crude stocks, easing fears over stretched international supplies.
 arrow Kenya Airways eyes tourists from Bangladesh
In a bid to expand its business in Bangladesh, Kenya Airways held a product presentation in Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow HSBC opens Customer Service Centre in Ctg
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh opened its first-ever Customer Service Centre in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Aktel phone card's validity extended to 30 days
Aktel pre-paid phone subscribers will now enjoy the validity period of Tk 300 refill cards up to 30 days instead of previous 21 days, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Hockey: BHF aims at facelift
The U-21 Challenge Cup invitational hockey tournament kicks off in Dhaka today in an effort to give the game a facelift in the country.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't rule me out'
India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday hinted he may be fit for next week's first Test against Australia, saying the tennis elbow injury was showing "tremendous improvement".
 arrow Cricket: Kapali to lead BCB XI
The enigmatic Alok Kapali was given an early opportunity to show that he has put his lean time with the bat behind him when he was yesterday named captain of the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) XI that
 arrow Football: Night of the Rs
Manchester United may have no money left after signing Wayne Rooney but it was well worth it if his debut was anything to go by as the teenage star hit a hat-trick to see his team to a 6-2 trouncing of
 arrow Cricket: England's Zim decision
England's cricketers will not attend any state functions during their tour of Zimbabwe in November, England Cricket Board (ECB) chairman David Morgan said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia may hide Warne
Shane Warne is likely to be kept under wraps when the tourists begin their Indian tour with a three-day match against national champions Mumbai here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup from October 2
The JFA Cup under-16 football tournament, sponsored by Japan Football Association (JFA) and organised by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), begins at different venues across the country on October2.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan take the lead
Ace penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas scored Pakistan's winning goal moments before the end of play to give the home team a hard fought 3-2 victory over India in their third match at the Lala Ayub
 arrow Football: Asian University knock NSU out
Masud Khan Johnny slammed four goals as Asian University stormed into the final of the Stamford Inter-Private University Football Tournament when they dumped North South University 5-1 in the second semifinal
 arrow Kabadi: Div I kabadi
Sinha Sangsad outplayed Suruj-Jamal Smriti Sangsad 65-35 with five lonas in the First Division Kabadi League at the outer stadium yesterday.

The winners dominated the first half by 33-19.

 arrow Football: Bandarban soccer
Rowangchari Upazila and Sangu Boys Club shared points in the Bandarban Football League yesterday at the local stadium.

The match ended 2-2.

Metropolitanarrow National Day for Girl Child today
The National Day for Girl Child will be observed today to create awareness about the rights of girl children.

The theme of the day is 'Our Commitment and Girl Child Rights'.

 arrow DU world religions deptt admission test
Admission test for a two-year master's degree programme in the Department of World Religions of Dhaka University will be held on October 22, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Dislodge govt to save country
Front ranking Awami League leader and former home minister Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday called upon the people to launch a mass movement against the "failed" BNP-Jamaat government.
 arrow Bad results from reputed colleges
Most of the renowned colleges in Barisal except the Barisal Cadet College did frustrating results in the HSC examination this year, which has created resentment among guardians and examinees as well.
 arrow Resist 'conspiracy', Tariqul tells JCD rally
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam has said the government is determined to probe all blasts in Sylhet as well as the August 21 grenade blast in Dhaka, but Awami League does not want it.
 arrow Jamaat men smuggle in arms, says Motia
Awami League Presidium member and former agriculture minister Motia Chowdhury held Jamaat-e-Islami responsible for the 21 August grenade attack on the AL rally in Dhaka.
 arrow Criminals flee hill village in Sherpur
Netrakona: Peace has returned to the five villagers in bordering Jinaigathi upazila in Sherpur district following vigilance by BDR and police.
 arrow Sangu in CHT dying
Experts have suggested dredging the hilly Sangu river to keep it navigable and check floods and erosion by it.
 arrow Govt deceived of Tk 50 cr revenue in 5 years
The government is being deprived of huge amounts of revenue every year as some unscrupulous vehicle owners are assembling buses and minibuses with old parts and equipment imported from India in the name
 arrow Three grenades hurled at Talu Spinning Mill
Three grenades were tossed on the compound of Talu Spinning Mill in Chuadanga, owned by ruling BNP lawmaker Haji Mojammel Haq at about 11pm Tuesday.
 arrow Angiogram facility at CMCH
Fifty-five-year old Sayeed Noor from Chandanaish is very lucky. He is the first man to avail angiogram facility introduced at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Tuesday.
 arrow Join Oct 3 rally: Tofail
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Tofail Ahmed on Tuesday called upon all pro-liberation forces to get united to free the country from the clutches of 'fundamentalists and communal forces.
 arrow Tk 25 lakh duty deception bid foiled at Benapole port
Benapole Customs on Sunday foiled a duty deception bid amounting to Tk 25 lakh.

Three importers of Dhaka imported Indian goods by 24 trucks, which carried goods in excess.

Point-Counterpointarrow Women and death from hunger
On July 24, 2003, The Daily Star published a report entitled "When death looks greener than starvation.
 arrow Celebrating Lailat-ul-Baraat
Almost everybody in Bangladesh celebrates Lailat-ul-Baraat as an auspicious night.
 arrow The Night of Salvation
Our holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has laid emphasis on the meticulous observance of Shab-e-Baraat or the night of salvation.
Culturearrow 'Bangladesh Festival' in Mumbai begins
On September 26, TARA TV, the flagship Bangla television channel of Broadcast Worldwide Limited, held a fashion show bringing together eminent designers of Bangladesh at The Regal Room, Hilton Towers.
 arrow Nijhum Dwip: Far from the madding crowd
Solitude prevails over the small island raised from the heart of the Bay of Bengal and on the estuary of the Meghna.
 arrow Channel i steps into 6th year
Channel i celebrates its founding anniversary on October 1. The channel has come a long way in its journey as the first ever digital satellite channel of the country.
 arrow Joys and sorrows of violin notes
It is rare nowadays to see live performances of instrumental music in the country. Young violinist Nusrat Mumtaz Ruposhi, however has broken new ground with her commitment to her art.
 arrow Sheikh Ishtiaq: Homage to the singer
Today is Sheikh Ishtiaq's 5th death anniversary. On this occasion, Soundtek is releasing a VCD containing 12 of Ishtiaq's popular numbers.
 arrow ETC Book Fair 2004
'Book: A garden carried in a pocket'

Etcetera is the obvious stop for those who believe in this popular Arabian maxim, as well as book worms and book collectors.

Generalarrow 20,000 intravenous drug users in country
Speakers at a multi-sectoral meeting yesterday called for raising awareness among the intravenous drug users (IDUs) to prevent spread of HIV.

The IDUs are most vulnerable to HIV infection, they said.

 arrow Raise awareness to promote cultural heritage: Unesco
The Unesco yesterday called for raising mass awareness about the rich cultural heritage sites in the country.
 arrow pollution related diseases claim 340 children a day: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the number of families using hygienic latrines would reach 40 percent by December.
 arrow $1.2b Padma bridge to have rail track
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the government would construct the proposed four-lane Padma Bridge at an estimated cost of 1.
 arrow Brig (Retd) Malik gets Rotary Seed Award
Brig (Retd) Prof Abdul Malik was named as the recipient of Rotary SEED Award for 2003-04 for his outstanding contribution to prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
 arrow CHT to be brought under SAP
The government has decided to extend the Social Afforestation Programme (SAP) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) with the financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
 arrow World Maritime Day today
World Maritime Day will be observed today as elsewhere across the globe.
 arrow Train services disrupted
Train services on Dhaka-Chittagong route were disrupted for nearly two and a half hours following derailment of a goods-carrying bogie of a passenger train at Rasulpur railway station yesterday.
Internationalarrow Italy celebrates release of hostages in Iraq
Italians celebrated Wednesday the release of two female aid workers who had been held hostage in Iraq with the country's two leading newspapers expressing the relief felt nationwide with the headline"They're
 arrow Labour struggles to shift focus from Iraq
Britain's ruling Labour Party was struggling Wednesday to shift the pre-election focus to domestic politics, as Prime Minister Tony Blair was called on yet again to defend the war in Iraq.
 arrow Two al-Qaeda men to die for bombing USS Cole
A Yemeni court Wednesday sentenced to death two al-Qaeda militants for the October 2000 bombing of the US Navy destroyer Cole which claimed the lives of 17 US sailors.
 arrow 7 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops
Seven Palestinians, including three teenage boys and two militants, were killed by Israeli fire in the occupied territories Wednesday as the army pressed on with a massive raid into the northern GazaStrip
 arrow US troops arrest militants trapped by Pakistan
US-led troops in Afghanistan captured 15 Taliban militants when they were trapped on the border with Pakistan after attacking a coalition patrol, a US military spokesman said Wednesday.
 arrow 'Rebel attacks in Iraq are wider than told'
Rebel violence in Iraq affects nearly every major population center and is more widespread than Iraqi government officials describe, according to a study by a private security company with access to US
 arrow Jailed 'American Taliban' seeks early release
John Walker Lindh, serving 20 years in jail for fighting alongside the Taliban, asked the US government on Tuesday to lessen his sentence after it decided to release a second American captured in Afghanistan.
 arrow Brother hoping for release of British hostage
The release of two Italian women hostages in Iraq has given the family of British hostage Ken Bigley hope that he may also be freed soon, his younger brother said in remarks published Wednesday.
 arrow Brunei changes constitution, opens door to elections
The Sultan of Brunei on Wednesday cleared the way for the oil-rich kingdom's first elections in more than 40 years, but said pro-democracy reforms should be implemented with caution.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chittagong port rip-off
It has been common knowledge for a long time that corruption and inefficiency are rife at Chittagong port, but the extent catalogued in the recently released TIB report is truly mind-boggling.
 arrow Editorial: Rowdy post-accident behaviour
Students went on the rampage at Rokeya Sarani, near the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, on Monday last, following a road accident that left one of their fellow students critically wounded.
 arrow Elusiveness of constitutional governance
During the past few years, there has been a continuing debate on political and constitutional reforms.
 arrow India's Security Council bid: There's no shortcut to glory
India has thrown its hat in the ring for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. It's coordinating its bid with Brazil, Germany, and Japan (collectively, the G-4).
Letters to Editorarrow Political hara-kiri
The political leaders (All are leaders, who are the followers and workers) should realise that they are committing hara kiri, i.e.
 arrow Computerised police station!
Can't believe the news report that we are going to have computerized thanas (police stations).
 arrow Admission into law
The National University has decided that those who have passed all examinations in third division will not be eligible to be admitted into LL.B first part.
 arrow Project: SAU development
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU), Dhaka has completed the 3rd year of its establishment.
 arrow Hardened and petty criminals
Every day newspapers are coming with reports of killing, hijacking, snatching etc. The persons involved are known to be involved in many killings and criminal cases.