Vol. 5 Num 141 Wed. October 13, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Youth lost to joblessness
An unbridled rise in joblessness is stoking up frustration among the youths, besides snowballing crimes.
 arrow Jt move needed to check militancy in region
Former chief advisor of caretaker government Latifur Rahman yesterday said there are 'no cohesive or coordinated efforts' by governments in the region to ensure religious tolerance and deal with any form
 arrow Ratan Tata flies in today with $2b investment plan
India's Tata Group Chairman Ratan N Tata flies in Dhaka today to push through his conglomerate's $2 billion investment plan in Bangladesh, which is likely to shore up foreign direct investment flow.
 arrow Rush of the desperate
Driven by a severe joblessness and want of food coupled with skyrocketing prices of essentials, the extreme poor have started rushing into cities including the capital from the northern region affected
 arrow AL working out caretaker govt reforms
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is working out some reforms of the caretaker government system to ensure neutrality of the interim government in conducting the next general elections slated forearly
 arrow PM asks opposition again to shun 'conspiracy'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday made a fresh call on the main opposition party to work together with the government for people's welfare, discarding the politics of conspiracy and destruction.
 arrow Flash flood grips north districts
Flash flood caused by onrush of water from upstream inundated fresh areas of Bagmara of Rajshahi, Manda, Niamatpur, Porsha and Mohadevpur upazilas of Naogaon during the last 24 hours.
 arrow Tk 393cr summer vegetables lost to rain, deluge
Repeated floods, heavy rain and a prolonged monsoon this year played havoc with summer vegetables causing a loss of Tk 393 crore, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials said.
 arrow 9am-3pm office in Ramadan
The cabinet on Monday night approved a proposal for new office timing during Ramadan for the offices of government, semi-government and autonomous bodies.
 arrow Welcome Kiwis...

 arrow Plan for mass promotion
The government is planning to promote a good many officials at top level vacancies to defuse frustration in the civil administration on the basis of reports of intelligence agencies and the prospective
 arrow Beginning of an end...

 arrow Oil price breaks thru' $54
Oil prices have surged to yet new record highs, driving US crude above $54 as global supply outages thwart efforts to build winter heating fuel inventories.
 arrow US, Iraqi forces raid Ramadi mosques
Iraqi forces backed by US soldiers and Marines raided mosques Tuesday in the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi and detained a prominent cleric following fierce clashes that hospital officials said killed
 arrow EC to summon Bhola officials
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to summon top officials of the local administration and election officials concerned of Bhola at its secretariat on October 25 to probe into the alleged irregularities
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout' with elite force
An alleged criminal of Demra was killed in a shootout between his operatives and a joint team of crime-busting Cobra and Cheetah in Mirhajirbagh in Demra in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow India denies dam cut report
India yesterday denied Bangladesh media reports that the BSF (Border Security Force) along with some Indian nationals had illegally entered Bangladesh territory and had deliberately cut an embankmentcausing
 arrow 3 held Indians remanded, rest sent to jail
Three of the 18 Indian nationals arrested from Habiganj Monday for their suspected links with All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) were remanded and the rest sent to jail yesterday.
 arrow Kamrul Islam's contract cancelled
The government yesterday cancelled the contractual appointment of Executive Director (ED) of the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) Kamrul Islam Siddique on charge of alleged violation of service
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi discuss joint navy exercise scope
India and Bangladesh yesterday discussed the possibility of conducting joint exercises between their navies soon.
 arrow DU academic activities resume today
Academic activities at Dhaka University (DU) return to normal today after 29 days of unscheduled closure due to a strike by six opposition students organisations.
 arrow No duty to be charged on lifesaving drugs
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to get all imported lifesaving drugs, including those waiting at Chittagong Port, released free of duty.
 arrow Bangladesh to get $100m from USAID
Bangladesh will receive $100 million from the USAID for the five-year Shouhardo programme that aims to strengthen household ability to respond to development opportunities.
 arrow 9 missing after trawler sinks in Barisal river
Nine people were missing yesterday in the Ilisha river in Barisal after a trawler with 35 people aboard capsized on being hit by a sea truck.
Businessarrow Dhaka-Ctg corridor may cause economic disparities
The proposed Dhaka-Chittagong Economic Corridor (DCEC) by Asian Development Bank (ADB) may create disparities between the eastern and western regions of Bangladesh, speakers feared at a roundtable inDhaka
 arrow Nokia makes business debut in Bangladesh
Viewing rapid growth in cellular communications, the world's leading telecommunication solution company Nokia Networks made debut in Bangladesh yesterday by opening its office.
 arrow Textile convention begins today
Bangladesh Cotton and Textile Convention 2004 will be held today at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
 arrow NBR directs officials not to harass taxpayers
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has directed its officials not to harass taxpayers when they submit income tax returns.
 arrow Workshop on garment export to European market begins
A three-day workshop on garment export to European market organised by France-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB) has begun in Dhaka .
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We want to dominate from ball one'
The New Zealand cricket team arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a four-week tour fully focused on not letting complacency stand in the way of a comprehensive victory in the Test and one-day international series
 arrow Football: A separation for good
Finally the Bangabandhu National Stadium will no longer be a source of argument.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin almost ruled out
Sachin Tendul-kar is set to miss the second Test against Aus-tralia starting on Thursday in Madras.
 arrow Cricket: 'I don't want captaincy'
Australia's stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist says he has no ambition to replace Ricky Ponting on a full-time basis.
 arrow Cricket: Armstrong inspires India
Lance Arms-trong may never have watched a cricket match in his life, but India is seeking inspiration from the legendary cyclist to launch a series-levelling quest against Aus-tralia.
 arrow Cricket: Mind-boggling schedule
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday released a hectic fixture for the second Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League (CCL), which will also mark the introduction of Twenty20 cricket in the country
 arrow Football: Coaches on the edge
Some of Europe's top coaches put their reputations and well-paid jobs on the line Wednesday as the pressure begins to tell on the long road to the 2006 World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Is he serious?
England captain David Beckham has revealed he deliberately went out of his way to get booked against Wales on Saturday because he knew he would be sidlined by injury for England's next World Cup qualifying
 arrow Football: Onus on South Korea
The proudest World Cup record in Asian football will be in jeopardy on Wednes-day when powerhouses South Korea travel to Beirut for a crunch 2006 qualifying tie with Lebanon.
 arrow Chess: Shamsul lifts Spl Chess title
Shamsul Islam emerged unbeaten champion in the Sixth Special National Chess Championship after the end of the seventh and last round at the chess federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dhaka, Ansars to fight it out
Dhaka set up a final clash against Bangladesh Ansar in the women's football tournament as both sides won their respective semifinals at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Chittagong TT
Tasmia, Nun Jarujit, Safwana and Prianka reached the semifinals of the Royal Cement District Table Tennis League after winning their respective second round matches at the Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha
 arrow Cricket: Aussies turn to ex-pacemen!
Former Australian fast bowlers Geoff Lawson and Tony Dodemaide were Tuesday named in an invitational side to play Pakistan in the traditional Lilac Hill cricket game here on December 7.
 arrow Football: Aragones sorry for racist remark
Spanish national football coach Luis Aragones has said he is ready to apologise to French internatonal Thierry Henry over an alleged racist remark.
Metropolitanarrow Two get death for killing boy
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced two persons to death for killing four and a half-year-old boy at BISF Colony of Mirpur in the city in1995.
 arrow Rab nabs Bhagina Farid in N'ganj
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested seven listed criminals, including Ifthekar Ahmed Farid alias Bhagina Farid in Narayanganj.
Nationalarrow Flood situation grim in Netrakona, Gaibandha
Flood situation in Netrakona and Gaibandha turned grim following heavy rainfall and onrush water from upstream in last five days.
 arrow 11 criminals killed in 'crossfire' with cops in Khulna, Bagerhat
Eleven top criminals including a UP (Union Parishad) chairperson were killed by police and Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) in Khulna and Bagerhat from January to October 7 this year.
 arrow Waging war against poverty in Sikdermallik union
Elija Zaman is the chairperson of Sikdermallik union in Pirojpur Sadar. Before entering into local government politics she was a social worker.
 arrow 14-pt demand placed at Mab meet in Jessore
A 16-point charter of demands was placed at a meeting of Khulna division of Mab (Municipal Association of Bangladesh) held at a Chinese restaurant here on Saturday.
 arrow Tk 17.44 cr fish washed away in Satkhira
Fish including shrimp worth over Tk 17.44 crore were washed away by floodwaters in the district, according to official sources.
 arrow Encroachment...

Point-Counterpointarrow Indonesia's new president : Challenges ahead
Indonesian people, for the first time, have directly elected their new President: 114 million voters (almost 80% of eligible voters) participated in the Presidential election last month.
 arrow Justice Muhammad Ibrahim
He was a shadowy, somewhat forbidding presence for me, in the sixties, when I began my teaching career. I could not imagine our paths crossing except in the official sense.
Culturearrow Toils and travails of shoal dwellers
Shaheen Dill-Reaz, who presented his ORB documentary prize-winning film at the Goethe Institut recently, speaking on his film, Sand and Water (or Jibon Joley Biley), said that it is about
 arrow Khalid Husain's solo recital at Nazrul Institute
'Kazi Nazrul Islam wrote about 30 to 35 genres of songs. From classical songs to folk, Islamic to spiritual, and peoples' song to modern songs: he touched almost all the fields of Bangla song.
 arrow A celebration of colour
Nadim's Cultural Education Development Organisation (CEDO) is holding its 5th endeavour in promoting young artists of the country.
 arrow Golden Nest Cultural Reporter's Award 2003
Bangladesh Cultural Reporters' Association and Golden Nest Holdings Limited jointly gave away the Golden Nest Cultural Reporters' Award 2003 recently at Sonargaon Hotel.
 arrow Contemporary Belgian cinema
The history of Belgian cinema is almost as old as the history of cinema itself.
Generalarrow Save haor to preserve bio-diversity
Bio-diversity and enormous resources of haor and baor (vast low-lying wet land) are on the verge of extinction in the absence of effective government control, said the environmentalists at a meeting yesterday.
 arrow UZ system not cancelled, polls after cabinet approval
Upazila system is not cancelled and election to upazila parishads will be held after getting the approval of the government, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said categorically yesterday.
 arrow Govt always active in modernisation of armed forces: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the armed forces are a national asset and the government was always active in the reconstruction, modernisation and raising of its strength.
 arrow Businessman shot
A gang of extortionists shot and injured a businessman at East Rampura for his refusal to pay tolls and a mugger blew off his fingers when a bomb he was carrying went off at Gandaria in Sutrapur in the
 arrow Mass dialogue in Dinajpur Oct 18
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiya Oikyamancha (JO) will jointly launch their Gono Sanglap (mass dialogue) programme in Dinajpur on October 18 to prepare Gono Ishtehar (People's Agenda).
 arrow Injured trader dies at DMCH
A businessman succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday while police recovered a body of an unidentified youth on Monday in the city.
 arrow CU JCD begins fast-unto-death
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) began a fast-unto-death programme on the Chittagong University campus yesterday to press its demand for immediate removal of Vice Chancellor AJM Nuruddin Chowdhury.
 arrow Care, Bata sign memorandum
Bata Shoe will now be accessible to villagers in remote areas through Care-supported Self-Help Organisations of Women (SHOW) groups in Lalpur Upazila of Natore where Bata stores, agencies and dealersare
 arrow Humayun Kabir made director of UN mission in Afghanistan
The secretary general of the United Nations has appointed M Humayun Kabir of Bangladesh as director, Security Management, in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), says a pressrelease.
 arrow 1,274 more held
Police arrested some 1,274 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Newspaper staff submit memo
Leaders of the Bangladesh Newspaper Workers' Federation and Bangladesh Federal Union of Newspapers Press Workers met Deputy Minister for Land Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu at his office yesterday and discussed
Internationalarrow US air strike hits Falluja twice
A US air strike targeting foreign militants destroyed a restaurant in rebel-held Falluja overnight, while peace moves continued aimed at restoring state authority there and elsewhere in Iraq before January
 arrow Israel's Gaza offensive enters third week
Israel's massive military operation in the northern Gaza Strip entered its third week Tuesday, having already left more than 110 people dead and scenes of utter devastation in the territory's largestrefugee
 arrow Maharashtra polls head for a close finish
In India, Maharashtra Assembly polls taking place today are poised to be a cliffhanger with rebellion plaguing major political parties, BSP and SP raising their stakes in the state politics and pollsters
 arrow Afghan vote count still on hold
Vote counting in Afghanistan's troubled election was still on hold Tuesday as opposition candidates backing down from boycott threats awaited an international inquiry into charges of fraud and irregularities.
 arrow Nine die in Japan 'suicide pacts'
Japanese police have found the bodies of nine people who apparently committed suicide after meeting via special suicide sites on the internet.
 arrow 10 freed Turkish hostages arrive in Baghdad
Ten former Turkish hostages, whose liberation was announced on Sunday, have arrived in Baghdad, where they were introduced to the press.
 arrow Bush, Kerry trade charges before final debate
In a last-minute flurry of accusations before their final debate, John Kerry tried to tie President Bush to record oil prices while the president charged that his Democratic opponent has totally misunderstood
 arrow Indian Maoist leaders emerge from jungle for talks
Leaders of India's oldest and most violent Maoist group have emerged from their jungle hideouts for groundbreaking peace talks with the state government here later this week, officials said Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hasina's no to vengeful politics
THE address by prime minister and that by leader of the opposition on Sunday didn't exactly run parallel to each other, there was something complementary between the two speeches.
 arrow Editorial: Essentials costing unusually dear
THE government has failed to tackle and contain the abnormal rise in the prices of daily necessities.
 arrow The best is yet to be
Poor governance, graft worry us" was the title of a news published in an English daily the other day (October 10, 2004). The sub-title was "We are doing our best".
 arrow An Islamic political party in America
In the late 1980s, when 37-year old Jabril Hough was a Methodist who attended church every Sunday, he began having religious doubts about Christianity's Holy Trinity and the worship of Jesus as the Son
 arrow 'Bush is dead wrong': Stiglitz is probably not right
Bush is dead wrong" is the title of one of Joseph Stiglitz's recently published articles in The Guardian newspaper.
Letters to Editorarrow US policy
How would the people of the United States of America react if their homeland is invaded and occupied by, say, the UK Cuba or Russia killing and maiming thousands of men, women and children withoutany
 arrow Taj at 350
Tajmahal, the most sublime monument of imperial love and a majestic edifice, is entering its 350 years of existence.
 arrow Price spiral
The authorities concerned should take the necessary steps immediately to contain the price spiral and to mitigate the sufferings of people ahead of the Ramadan.
 arrow "Phir Milenge" : The film
Recent release of Bollywood "Phir Milenge" starring Salman Khan,Shilpa Shetty and Abhishekh Bacchan is different from other releases this year.
 arrow A culpable crime
The attempt by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to demolish a Muslim General's in Maharastra is a deliberate act of provocation and a blatant act to arouse communal passions of the majority community.
 arrow A true depiction
Humayun Ahmed wrote a huge novel on Muktijudho (liberation war) of Bangladesh named "Jochna O Jononir Galpo". With his amazing power he brought out the whole scene of the war in those 500 pages.
 arrow RAB and mass arrests
There is a cliché that says heart is in the right place while the head is not.
 arrow Obscene films
We have not been watching television for the past two years. And we haven't been going to the cinema halls either. We are very busy with work, writing and discussions.
 arrow Our cricket and its future
Cricket is so popular nowadays. We, the people of Bangladesh, are also crazy about cricket. After having gained the Test-status, the expectations of the local fans have gone up.
 arrow Political paradoxes
There are many paradoxes in our politics. Here are some acerbic observations.
 arrow Culture or politics?
We are having serious problems with our culture and politics. Politics is of course within the broad field of culture, but defiant political styles are trying to make and unmake national cultural patterns.
 arrow A change is needed
Democrat candidate John Kerry won the first televised presidential debate against President GW Bush.
 arrow Report on Dr Azad's death
Suddenly everybody has gone silent on the still incomplete issue of the mysterious and doubtful circumstances under which Dr Humayun Azad died in Germany.
 arrow Thin veneer
The thin veneer of the roads in Dhaka metropolis symbolises the depth of our public leadership (the private motivation and lead is very strong).
 arrow Architecture and shopping malls
As a roving urbanite, now settled in over-developed Dhaka (since schooldays in old 'Dacca' decades ago), in under-developed Bangladesh (with the highest density of population in the world per sq km),it
StarTecharrow HP unveils next-gen IT products in local market
ONCE again Hewlett Packard (HP), the world's largest consumer IT company proved their motto -- 'Invent', through the launching of its next-generation products for the Bangladesh market on October 7 at
 arrow Oracle debuts E-Business Suite Special Edition for Bangladesh
FOR the first time, Oracle Corp, the world's largest enterprise software company announced the availability of the Oracle E-Business Suite Special Edition, a pre-configured, pre-installed package of ERP
 arrow ACM-ICPC award-giving ceremony held
DHAKA once again witnessed a battle of the brains as the first round of the Asia-regional Dhaka site of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) 2004 unfolded at the North South University
 arrow Introducing XSTREAM NLOS
ACCESS Telecom (BD) Ltd and NextNet Wireless Inc. have officially launched of the XSTREAM NLOS, a broadband service for business and residential users.
Star Chittagongarrow Noise pollution alarming in port city
Noise pollution in the port city has reached an alarming level as about 30,000 buses, trucks and auto-rickshaws with their roaring sounds reign the roads.
 arrow A dream come true
"I have achieved what I had dreamt of," said Jharna Chakma, a former Union Parishad (UP) member of Sapchhari Chakmapara near Rangamati town.
 arrow Fashion show...

Star Cityarrow WB keen to help 16,000 affected rickshaw-pullers
The World Bank (WB) is keen on funding a project to help about 16,000 rickshawpullers who were severely affected by withdrawal of rickshaws from Technical to Kalabagan on Mirpur Road in the city under
 arrow Eastern embankment raises concerns
City planners and environmentalists have urged the authorities to seriously rethink the decision of constructing the eastern flood protection embankment.
 arrow Indian Food Festival Parbon Ends Today

 arrow Mineral water users beware!
Some mineral water companies are reportedly marketing poly-packed water at a lower price without ensuring the standard set by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI).
 arrow DMP to set up 40 check posts to check traffic jam in Ramadan
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has decided to set up check posts at 40 points in the city to tackle traffic congestion during the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Clean Dhaka Initiative in progress
Ward no 6 in Mirpur and ward no 65 in Old Dhaka have been designated as the two experimental sites for the Clean Dhaka Initiative aiming to raise awareness and involvement of people in keeping the city