Vol. 5 Num 143 Fri. October 15, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Uninterrupted gas supply promised
The government yesterday pledged the Tata Group uninterrupted gas supply to its planned plants, while the Indian conglomerate has proposed afresh to set up coal-based power plants alongside gas-run ones
 arrow Grabbers gobble up two-thirds vested property
Grabbers gobbled up more than two thirds of vested property, as the government lost control over the lands as the custodian and its long-time dithering blocked anti-encroachment efforts.
 arrow Altaf asks home ministry to check extortion on road
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday said he has asked the home ministry to take measures against illegal toll collection for smooth transportation of essential items as their prices have
 arrow Kerry wins third debate
Democrat John Kerry won the third presidential debate yesterday over Republican President George W. Bush, according to instant polls taken by US television networks.
 arrow Moudud, his deputy talk differently over judicial separation
The state minister for law yesterday claimed that people and legal experts are still unclear about what separation of the judiciary means, when the law minister is optimistic about the separation from
 arrow Low may bring more rains
The well-marked low formed over the Bay off the Myanmar coast has been prevailing on the northeastern Bay and causing rain in the capital and coastal areas.
 arrow Ex-IG prisons keeps successor at bay
The newly appointed Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brigadier General Shah-e-Alam is yet to take up the mantle of the wayward jail administration as his controversy-ridden predecessor Brigadier General
 arrow North floods worsen, diarrohoea breaks out
Flood situation in Rajshahi and Naogaon fuzther worsened yesterday as fresh areas went under water and waterborne diseases like diarrohoea have broken out in some affected areas.
 arrow Govt to downsize CHT police
The government is likely to downsize police strength in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) soon by withdrawing over 800 police personnel from the three hill districts for their redeployment in most vulnerable
 arrow Musharraf keeps his uniform
Pakistan's lower house of parliament passed a bill yesterday to allow President Pervez Musharraf to stay on as army chief despite his pledge to give up the job by the end of the year.
 arrow Ramadan from tomorrow if moon sighted today
If the moon of Ramadan is sighted today, the month of fasting will begin from tomorrow.
 arrow Dhaka-Sylhet, Dhaka-Ctg train links suspended
Train communications on Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet routes remained suspended from 5:00pm yesterday following an altercation between army personnel and railway officers of Akhaura Railway Junction.
 arrow DU syndicate suggests action against 8 students
The syndicate of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday discussed the probe body report on the incidents of September 11 and referred it to the disciplinary committee to take action against eight students.
 arrow Slum-dwellers go on rampage at city hospital
Dwellers of Sattala Basti at Mohakhali yesterday went on the rampage at Infectious Diseases Hospital after the Public Works Department snapped off their illegal water lines.
 arrow Drive on against illegal rickshaws
A total of 334 unauthorised rickshaws were seized in the last two days in a drive that started after ending of the T}esday's deadline set by the traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on
 arrow Biman may hike fares
Biman Bangladesh Airlines may increase passenger and cargo fares by at least 15 percent to cope with the rocketing price of jet fuel already hiked three times this year.
 arrow BSF guns down Bangladeshi in India
Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down an unidentified Bangladeshi youth in Ghoja Danga in Basirhat of 24 Parganas, West Bengal, Thursday.

A {ource said the victim hailed from Keshabpur in Je{sore.

 arrow Tangail BNP leader shot dead
A BNP leader was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Tangail town yesterday morning.

The victim was identified as Rumi Chowdh}ry, joint secretary of ward no 6 unit.

 arrow DU VC gets death threat
Dhaka University Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof SMA Faiz was yesterday threatened with death by an anonymous caller if he failed to extend service age of the DU officers and employees to 65 years.
 arrow Hasina wants foreign force named
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the prime minister to reveal the name of the country or force involved in bringing an opposition party to power.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
The People's University of Bangladesh (PUB) in a rejoinder to a news item headlined 'A university that never gave away certificates,' carried in The Daily Star on October 9, 2004 said it has all along
 arrow Tk 20 lakh gold seized in Dhamrai
Police seized 218 tolas of gold worth about Tk 20 lakh from a truck at Islampur on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Dhamrai upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan beat Sri Lanka
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the last day-night league match of the tri-series at Gadaffi stadium here yesterday.

Both teams meet in the final at the same venue tomorrow.

 arrow Seize more faulty cars, rickshaws to ease jam, ministry asks police
The home ministry yesterday directed the law enforcers to seize faulty motor vehicles and unauthorised rickshaws jamming roads in the capital.
 arrow Two S'pore celebrities in drug link
TWO local celebrities -- rapper-actor Sheikh Haikel and Channel NewsAsia (CNA) presenter Cheryl Fox -- have been linked to the cocaine trafficking syndicate busted last week.
 arrow Creative declares war on Apple
Expect to see and hear Creative Technology everywhere as it embarks on a worldwide marketing campaign to snatch dominance of the digital music player market from Apple Computer.
Businessarrow Tata places 5-point ‘wish list’ in EoI
India's Tata Group on Wednesday in its expression of interest (EoI) put forward a five-point ‘wish list’ seeking different assurances and incentives from the government to implement its US$2 billion investment
 arrow Consult local companies before allowing Tata Steel
Steel mill owners yesterday urged the government not to sign any agreement with the Tata Group on its proposed plan to produce basic steel without consulting them.
 arrow First local made insurance software launched
Delta Information Technology Ltd (DITL), a subsidiary of Delta Life Insurance Company Ltd, launched the first-ever locally developed insurance information system yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow BMW service centre opens in Dhaka
To ensure better after-sale services, Executive Motors Limited, the distributor of BMW in Bangladesh, yesterday launched its state-of-art service centre in Tejgaon industrial area in Dhaka.
 arrow Citigroup profit increases 13pc
Citigroup Inc on Thursday said third-quarter profit rose 13 percent, topping most Wall Street forecasts, as growth in consumer businesses offset declining stock and bond market revenue.
 arrow World oil prices rise above 54 dollars
World oil prices went back above 54 dollars Thursday on fears over supply shortages amid soaring demand ahead of the northern hemisphere's winter, as traders awaited estimates of US crude inventories.
 arrow ‘Hand over North Bengal paper mill to private management’
A parliamentary watchdog body yesterday recommended handing over the state-run North Bengal Paper Mill to private management.
 arrow Prime Bank opens branch at Pahartali
Prime Bank Limited opened its 32nd branch at Pahartali, Chittagong as 5th Islamic banking branch on Tuesday.

Azam J Chowdhury, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the branch, says a press release.

 arrow New Ramadan timing at CSE
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has announced its Ramadan trading schedule and office timing.
 arrow Malaysia opens door wider to Islamic banking
Malaysia awarded two Islamic banking licences to Middle Eastern banks Thursday, the last to be issued under its plan to open its rapidly growing market for Islamic finance to foreign lenders.
 arrow StanChart, Dutch co renew trade facility with local banks
Standard Chartered Bank and FMO, the Netherlands Development Finance Company, have recently renewed the US$ 22 million Bangladesh trade enhancement facility with four local private banks -- Dhaka Bank,
 arrow Pacific Motors launches test drive of Nissan cars
Pacific Motors Ltd, the sole distributor of Nissan cars in Bangladesh, yesterday introduced test drive for its would-be customers.
 arrow Concord to get loan from Pubali Bank for Foy's Lake development
Concord Entertainment Company will get Tk 20 crore from Pubali Bank to complete the first phase of development project of Foy's Lake in Chittagong.
 arrow Software exports from India's technology hub soar 34pc
Software exports from India's technology hub of Bangalore shot up 34 percent in the first five months of the current fiscal year compared to the same period the previous year, an official said Thursday.
 arrow Nokia posts better than expected Q3 earnings
Nokia posted better-than-expected results for third quarter Thursday, possibly marking a turnaround in the mobile phone giant's fortunes after it failed to pick up on the popularity of clamshell phones
 arrow Finance officials voice concern over impact of rising oil prices
Finance officials in some of the leading industrialized countries are now voicing greater concern over rising oil prices and appear less likely to deny their impact on economic momentum.
 arrow Arab states team up to fight terrorism finance
Arab nations are teaming up to fight money laundering and terrorist funding, with special attention on non-profit organisations and hawala, an informal cash transfer system widely used in the Third World.
 arrow China records strong trade surplus in September
China reported its fifth successive monthly trade surplus in September at 4.99 billion dollars, up from 4.49 billion dollars in August as exports outpaced imports, official figures showed Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Fleming masterclass
Stephen Fleming served an early warning to Bangladesh as he notched up an unbeaten hundred with trademark fluency on the opening day of New Zealand's three-day tour opener at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha
 arrow Cricket: Kumble the killer
India's spin king Anil Kumble grabbed seven wickets for 25 runs to skittle world champions Australia for 235 in a dramatic start to the second cricket Test here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu propels Lanka
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu stroked a fluent hundred (111) to guide his team to a commanding total of 293 for six against Pakistan in the last match of a triangular one-day tournament on Thursday.
 arrow Football: AFC boost for BFF
Just days after getting exclusive rights to use the Bangabandhu National Stadium, now the Bangla-desh Football Federation (BFF) has received the financial backing the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
 arrow Cricket: Bashar again injured?
Habibul Bashar's long-awaited return for the first Test against visiting New Zealand may be put back after the Bangladesh captain is believed to have aggravated his injured thumb during the team's net
 arrow Cricket: Twenty20 makes debut today
The first ever Twenty20 cricket competition in the country will be launched today with the start of the Second GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League today.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin leaving Indian squad for treatment
Sachin Tendulkar, who has missed the first two Tests against Australia due to an elbow injury, is to leave the Indian squad and return to Mumbai for treatment on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting out of third Test too
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting said he had been ruled out of the third Test against India Thursday after doctors told the batsman his fractured thumb needed more time to heal.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't change a thing'
Shane Warne's mentor has implored the master Australian leg-spinner not to change a thing as he continues his battle with India's batsmen.
 arrow Cricket: ICC's focus on Zim
World cricket's governing body will review the sport's international structure and look into a report on alleged racism involving Zimbabwe when it meets this week in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore,
 arrow Tennis: Paradorn, Schuttler progress
Paradorn Srichaphan's bid to regain a place in the world's top 20 took a step forward when he survived a potentially difficult first round against former French Open champion Albert Costa in the 682,750-euro
 arrow Football: Beckham will carry on
David Beckham's future as England captain is assured after the Football Association (FA) made it clear there would be no action taken against him over his admission that he had deliberately fouled anopponent
 arrow Football: Starring strikers
Deadly hitmen Michael Owen and Thierry Henry stunningly shot down rumours of their international demise on Wednesday as both men found the target to keep their countries on the road to the 2006 WorldCup
 arrow Football: USA, Mexico, Guatemala thru'
United States, Mexico and Guatemala ad-vanced to next year's North American final round World Cup 2006 qualifying with shutout triumphs Wednesday, leaving seven nations to fight over three remaining spots.
 arrow Football: Anxious Korea, China
South Korea, who were World Cup semifinalists in 2002, drew 1-1 against Lebanon on Wednesday to leave their hopes of making the 2006 finals in Germany on a knife-edge.
 arrow Football: Frustrating draws for Brazil, Argentina
World champions Brazil and Arg-entina hit out at defensive Colom-bia and Chile after failing to score in South American qualifying for the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Handball: Delta handball final today
Neighbours Siddheshwari Girls College and Viqarunnissa Noon College will meet in the final of the 10th Delta Life women's handball tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex today.
 arrow Cricket: BD U-17-CAB 3-dayer drawn
The three-day match between Bangladesh and CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Under-17s ended in a tame draw at the Kalyani ground in Kolkata yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Good news for Razzak
There was some encouraging news for left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak Raj who has been working to rectify his bowling action which had been reported by match officials during the Asia Cup in July.
 arrow Football: Bright start for Sunrise
Newcomers Sunrise Sporting Club upset Mirpur Chalantika 1-0 in the opening match of the Metropolis Second Division Football League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Safety group to visit Zimbabwe
A delegation from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will fly to Zimbabwe this weekend to check out safety and security ahead of the proposed tour.
 arrow Cricket: Seamer Aga to skipper Kenya
Seamer Ragheb Aga has been named as a stand-in captain to lead a relatively young Kenyan squad in the semifinals of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup against Scotland in Sharjah
Culturearrow Colourful images from Rajasthan
* A wayside grocer's shop in Ghanerao village has posters of the late prime ministers of India, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, side by side with images of Hindu gods and goddesses.
 arrow Chattagramer Tin Dashoker Natok
Very few reference and documentary books on theatre have been published in Bangladesh. As a consequence, researchers have had to make do with publications such as Theatre and Theatrewala.
 arrow Lodia: A new drama serial on the Santals
Syed Wahiduzzaman Diamond is directing a drama serial on the life of the Santals, an indigenous tribe of the northern part of the country.
 arrow Ushering young talents of Nazrul Sangeet
An evening of Nazrul Sangeet titled 'Bulbul' was held at the auditorium of the Nazrul Institute on October13.
Generalarrow Retrieve canals to save capital from flooding
Canals in and around the city will have to be retrieved on an emergency basis to save the capital from flooding and waterlogging, said the speakers at a roundtable on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Formulate population development policy'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for formulating a population development policy to turn the huge population into human resources.
 arrow Plan to minimise gaps among 3 streams of education
The government plans to gradually minimise the differences among three streams of education -- Bangla medium, English medium and madrasa, said State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon yesterday.
 arrow A quarter damages property for self-interest: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that her government would continue the development efforts for the welfare of the people despite destruction and damage caused to state property by a certain
 arrow Ensure quality edn
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the teachers to ensure the quality of education at the grassroots level and thus contribute to nation building activities.
 arrow HSC exams under BOU begins today
HSC final examinations under Bangladesh Open University (BOU) will begin today.

A total of 1,13,197 examinees of the first, second years and other batches will seat for the examinations this year.

 arrow Appeal for help
Nurul Islam, a madrasa student, has been gradually losing his eyesight because of defects in both eyes.
 arrow Ucep launches IT learning centre in city
Underprivileged Children's Educational Programmes (Ucep) yesterday launched an internet learning centre at its technical school in the city with a view to providing internet facilities to its students.
 arrow Discussion on threat of Aids
Speakers at a discussion called for raising awareness at all levels to fight HIV/Aids.
 arrow 'Set up breast cancer unit in all hospitals'
Speakers at a meeting yesterday urged the government to set up comprehensive Breast Cancer unit in all hospitals of the country.
 arrow Haji Abbas takes oath as MP
Haji Abu Abbas, newly elected member of parliament from Netrakona-2, took oath at Parliament Bhaban yesterday.

Haji Abbas was elected MP with ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) ticket.

 arrow Fish trader robbed
A fish trader was stabbed and robbed of Tk 8,000 at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow 1,317 more held
Police arrested 1,317 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.ooam yesterday.
 arrow Education Week 2004

Editorialarrow Editorial: Tata coming in a big way
We are heartened by the green light the Board of Investment (BOI) has given, on behalf of Government of Bangladesh (GOB), to the Indian giant private sector conglomerate Tata's investment proposals worth
 arrow Editorial: Traffic nightmare
Traffic jams in the city have assumed unbearable proportions, forcing commuters to lose valuable time and energy.
 arrow The tasks for our free people
Recent events around us will surely compel concerned citizens to ask whether our hard-earned freedom's foundation will last.
 arrow The losing battle of education
My father, amongst many things, was a dreamer by all means.
 arrow Political reform, not language lessons
The US Ambassador Harry K Thomas will reportedly provide scholarships to 40 madrassa students to learn English.
Letters to Editorarrow Rains of September
The heavy rains in the middle of September this year brought city life to a stand still. It also brought to the fore the inadequacy of the drainage system of the city.
 arrow History distorted?
Often some of us turn vociferous bringing allegations against some persons or quarters of distorting the history of our glorious war of liberation.
 arrow Where does student politics stand ?
What is going on in the name of student politics, particularly in public universities at present, is appalling. At times, my mind shudders at the thought of the future of our public universities.
 arrow Holiday expenses
We love nature and the seasons. We celebrate the seasons naturally. In March, the strong winds blow the seeds into the ground and the rain helps the plants to blossom.
 arrow Dhaka--vulnerable to flood
The megacity Dhaka is now an overcrowded terrain which has become much vulnerable to floods.
 arrow Charity begins abroad !
The temperature was -70c when British Airways flight landed in Geneva. After the immigration matters had been dealt with, I stepped outside the airport.
 arrow Save us
"Dhaka University" the premier institution is called "the Oxford of the East". Students have to face a rigorous competition here.
 arrow It does not take much, but pays a lot
I presume that it is one of the well known sayings in the modern sophisticated world. People who are employed at foreign and reputed institutes know it better than anybody else.
 arrow AL's self-complacency
It is time the glorious Awami League, with out-dated goals and objectives, reviewed its approach to political policies, to suit the contemporary culture of new and modern politics.
 arrow Political reform and intellectuals
I had the opportunity to join the round-table discussions on "Political reforms organised by The Daily Star and Shujan, on 25 September.
 arrow The future of values
The priceless small pleasure of reading newspapers is gone. These days, once in a while, some good reading material appears, amidst the chaos generated by the political rulers in every corner of the globe.
 arrow Discipline labour unions
The IT report on corrupt practices at the Ctg port is an open secret; now the data have been formally announced. The government has to announce stringent reforms, to regain its bad image of governance.
 arrow BTV News
There are press reports that the government is trying to improve the news presentation of BTV for the viewers at home and abroad.
Worldarrow 8 Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad Green Zone
Eight civilians were killed and four wounded yesterday in a mortar or rocket attack on Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home to the US embassy and the Iraqi government, a US army spokesman said.
 arrow Bush, Kerry spar over jobs, healthcare
In their third and final debate, President Bush attacked Democrat John Kerry as a "far left" seNator who would raise taxes while Kerry took aim at job losses under Bush's watch and said the middle class
 arrow Israeli army terms long Gaza raid futile
Senior army officers warned yesterday that Israel's ongoing operation in northern Gaza, which has left more than 120 Palestinians dead since its launch last month, has run on for too long and is now counterproductive.
 arrow Lanka offers new proposals to end peace deadlock
Sri Lanka's government yesterday said it was ready with new proposals to resume peace talks with Tamil Tiger guerrillas and hammer out a political solution to the island's bloody ethnic conflict.
 arrow Chinese hostage, 5 abductors killed in Pak rescue raid
One of two Chinese hostages and their five kidnappers were killed yesterday in a rescue operation by army commandos in Pakistan's remote tribal area, while the second hostage was safe, security officials
 arrow Iraq war stimulated world terrorism: Blix
Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said Wednesday the US-led invasion of Iraq had failed tragically in its aim of making the world a safer place and succeeded only in stimulating terrorism.
 arrow Democrats, Republicans charge vote improprieties
Democrats on Wednesday charged that the national Republican party was linked to a group accused of trying to stop Democrats from registering to vote in at least two Western battleground states, Nevada
 arrow Prince Sihamoni named new king of Cambodia
Prince Norodom Sihamoni, 51, has been elected Cambodia's new monarch, replacing his ailing father king Norodom Sihanouk who abdicated last week, the throne council said yesterday.
 arrow Afghan vote count begins at last
The counting of ballots cast in Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday has finally begun.
 arrow 'Maldives reform bid off to a rocky start'
The Indian Ocean atoll nation of the Maldives launched moves towards democratic reform, officials said Wednesday, but dissidents complained the process had got off to a difficult start.