Vol. 5 Num 144 Sat. October 16, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Green tealeaves used as fertiliser!
Nearly 500 tons of green tealeaves worth around Tk 1 crore, which tea estates of the country's potential tea-growing region in Panchagarh district produce, go down the drain every year because of theabsence
 arrow Holy month of self-restraint begins
The holy month of Ramadan begins today as the moon was sighted in Bangladesh yesterday evening.
 arrow Aubergine sells at Tk 80 a kg!
The prices of aubergine yesterday jumped to a record Tk 80 a kg from Tk 55 in the capital's kitchen markets on the eve of the Ramadan.
Aubergine is used in preparing a very popular 'iftar' item,beguni.

 arrow Row over power-sharing dogs ruling coalition
The longstanding commotion in the ruling four-party alliance over the crucial issue of power-sharing has intensified with two of its components threatening to boycott all government programmes from now
 arrow House committees as good as ineffective
The parliamentary committee system has virtually become ineffective as the ruling coalition-formed standing committees in the absence of opposition lawmakers hardly played their due role in overseeing
 arrow Firm gets import nod thru' fake documents
The Drug Administration (DA) granted registration for import of kidney dialysis fluid to a private company that submitted 'fake' documents to gain the monopoly business, sources said.
 arrow Grenade attack puts AL district councils on hold
The August 21 deadly grenade attack dealt a body blow to the main opposition Awami League's (AL) efforts to shore up its countrywide network, holding fresh councils in districts.
 arrow World opinion backs Kerry against Bush in US polls
George W. Bush's policies have stirred up deep global resentment and the world would much prefer John Kerry to be the next US president, research by leading global newspapers published yesterday showed.
 arrow Khilgaon Flyover may miss fourth deadline
The much-awaited Khilgaon Flyover, already running two years behind deadline, may miss the fourth deadline for completion, as building of a bridge at Dhanmondi and a road at Agargaon have been included
 arrow 50 structures bulldozed along Buriganga in two days
Bangladesh Inland Watez Transport Authority (BIWTA) in the last two days bulldozed over 50 illegally built structures, mostly dwellings, on the banks of River Buriganga between Kamrangirchar and Lalbagh.
 arrow Cable service provider gunned down in city
Unknown criminals yesterday gunned down a cable service provider at IG Gate in Shyampur while muggers stabbed a schoolboy and snatched a gold chain from him in Sutrapur.
 arrow 7 killed, 25 injured as bus overturns in Comilla
Seven people, including fo}r women, were killed and 25 others injured when a bus overturned on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Jagarjhuli in Sadar upazila at midnight on Thursday.
 arrow Low over Bay weakens
The well-marked low over the Bay has weakened and is moving towards the Myanmar coast, the met office said.
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk rickshaw strike today
Rickshaw-Van Malik Sramik Sangram Parishad observes a dawn-to-dusk strike today in the city to protest seizure of unlicensed rickshaws without providing rickshaw-van-pullers with alternative jobs.
 arrow US unprepared to handle election fraud: Congress
The US government is ill-prepared to address allegations of voting fraud should they arise during next month's presidential and legislative elections, a congressional report concluded Thursday.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi should break 'false barriers' to joint move
Chairman of Tata Group Ratan N Tata has said India and Bangladesh should come together and complement each other's strength by breaking the 'false barriers' between the two neighbours.
 arrow Shibir, Chhatra Dal clash at BL College
Bangladesh Rifles personnel and riot police have been deployed at Government BL College, Daulatpur following a clash between the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Islami Chhatra Shibir on thecampus
 arrow Food, water crises grip Rajshahi, Naogaon flood victims
Flood situation in Rajshahi and Naogaon has further worsened in some areas while thousands of marooned people are suffering from want of food and pure drinking water.
 arrow US airstrikes, car bomb blast in Iraq kill 18
US ground troops advanced on the Iraqi rebel bastion of Fallujah yesterday after a night of deadly air assaults, while a Baghdad car bombing killed 10 people in a bloody start to the Muslim holy month
 arrow Warne breaks Murali mark
Australia's Shane Warne became the all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket when he had nightwatchman Irfan Pathan caught at slip by Matthew Hayden in the second Test against India here on Friday.
 arrow Drug peddler killed in police custody
A man, who was arrested with 450 bottles of phensidyl in a car at Paturia ferryghat early Thursday, died in police custody yesterday morning.
 arrow Ctg dockworkers' strike disrupts cargo handing for 8 hours
Cargo handling at Chittagong port was disrupted for eioht hours yesterday as dockworkers refrained from duties to protest activities of a stevedoring nirm suspended by Bangladesh Master Stevedores A{sociation
 arrow Andhra govt begins talks with Naxalites
The first-ever direct talks between Naxalites and Andhra Pradesh government commenced yesterday.
 arrow Breakthrough in quest for malaria vaccine
Scientists on Thursday announced a major advance in the war on malaria, reporting promising results from a test vaccine which could slash the toll of death, sickness and poverty inflicted by this disease.
 arrow Narail terror Jewell killed in 'crossfire' with police
A top terror was killed in 'crossfire' with police in Kalia upazila of Narail district at midnight on Wednesday.
 arrow US admits its borders are not 'dirty bomb' proof
The US government has admitted its network of border radiation detectors designed to prevent the smuggling of a "dirty bomb" could be fooled, in a conclusion that lends credence to charges voiced by Democrat
 arrow Clearing process at Ctg port to be simplified
The Ministry of Shipping has taken a decision to simplify the process of clearing the imported cargoes at Chittagong port in a bid to expedite delivery of goods and rid the traders of harassment.
 arrow Spanish leader tells Blair Iraq invasion a 'massive mistake'
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told his British counterpart Tony Blair at a summit of socialist leaders in Hungary that the war in Iraq had been a "massive mistake," sources toldAFP
 arrow Fire fighters fail to trace baby Nurjahan
Four-year-old girl Nurjahan, who fell in a manhole at Shahidnagar in Lalbagh area of the capital on Wednesday, could not be rescued till yesterday.
Businessarrow Int'l hospital chain launches Dhaka operations in March
Internationally reputed hospital chain Apollo Hospitals Group is set to start its operations in Dhaka in March next year, offering global standard healthcare services at affordable costs.
 arrow Bangladesh to ink MoUs with Syria, Egypt
Bangladesh is likely to sign memoranda of understanding (MoU) with Syria and Egypt for expansion of institutional cooperation in agriculture sector especially in the field of product diversification.
 arrow 4 banks arrange Tk43cr for Beacon Pharma
A new drugs manufacturing company, Beacon Pharmaceuticals Limited, will be set up at a cost of Tk 73 crore.
 arrow Midas Financing okays 10pc stock dividend
Midas Financing Limited has approved a 10 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow GP, Citibank sign deal
Citibank NA, Bangladesh will become a security agent and account bank of GrameenPhone Ltd (GP) for a loan of 60 million US dollars.
 arrow Rising oil price may affect India’s falling inflation
India's inflation rate fell for a third straight week Friday but an expected oil price hike this weekend will mean the downturn is likely to be temporary, economists said.
 arrow US coalition files complaint to curb Chinese textiles
A coalition of US apparel and textile makers and their labor unions announced a series of petitions to the US government in an effort to limit Chinese imports they claim are suffocating their industries.
 arrow Oil nears $55 as US winter stocks fall
Oil prices roared up to fresh record highs yesterday to end near %55 a barrel, as the US government reported another fall in heating fuel stocks ahead of winter.
 arrow Frozen food exporters' team off to Europe
A 20-member delegation of Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) left Dhaka yesterday for three European countries to explore markets of their products.
 arrow Ratan Tata made honorary citizen of South Korean province
Indian industry major Tata Group's Chairman Ratan Tata has been made an honorary citizen of South Korean province North Jeolla.
 arrow US urges EU to lift sanctions in export tax spat
The United States urged the European Union Thursday to quickly drop its sanctions on $4 billion worth of American exports after Congress finished work this week to bring US tax law into line with international
 arrow Americas set to miss FTA deadline: US
The US and other countries in the Americas region will not meet a decade-old deadline for crafting a free trade agreement by the end of the year, a top US trade official said on Thursday.
 arrow WTO farm talks seen focusing on market access: OECD
Talks to free up world farm trade have a good chance of success and should focus on market access as they enter a key phase, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tourists' spin duo impress
Hannan Sarkar staked claim for a Test recall but Alok Kapali wasted the opportunity to impress the selectors in the three-day match against New Zealand at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag empowers India
Virender Seh-wag hit 155 to upstage Shane Warne's world bowling record as India squee-zed out a first innings lead in the second Test against Aus-tralia here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC double standards
Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag was given leg before wicket by umpire Billy Bowden in the Test match that just ended in Bangalore when television replays clearly showed that the ball had hit the
 arrow Cricket: Warne spins past record
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne claimed the world record for Test wickets on Friday, snaring his 533rd career victim during the second Test against India to outstrip Sri Lankan rival Muttiah Muralitharan.
 arrow Cricket: Twenty20 hardly creates sparks
Twenty20 cricket made an inauspicious start on the opening day of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League when the second edition of the meet for corporate houses began at three venues in the city.
 arrow Cricket: Shahriar wants to retire
Shahriar Hossain has decided to quit from international cricket following his inclusion in the national pool for the upcoming premier division cricket league.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud confused
Confusion was the order of the day in the Second GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League when former national captain Khaled Mahmud came to represent the sponsors' team in their match against Ispahani.
 arrow Cricket: Pacer Nazmul hospitalised
Young Bangladesh paceman Nazmul Hossain was admitted to a hospital in Dhaka yesterday for suspected dengue fever.
 arrow Cricket: Tri-series final today
Captain Inzamamul Haq said he was confident Pakistan would defy history to claim their first ever home one-day tournament title against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Injuries worry Barca
Injured Frenchman Ludovic Giuly and Gerard Lopez have hampered the build-up of an already-depleted Barcelona squad for their cross-town Spanish league clash at Espanyol.
 arrow Football: 50 beckons Gunners
Arsenal's bid to keep the most eagerly awaited date of the season is threatened by injury problems that have been aggravated by the cosmopolitan squad's international commitments over the last week.
 arrow Handball: Holy Cross finish third
Holy Cross College finished third in the 10th Delta Life Women's Handball tournament with a 4-2 victory over Home Economics College at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson goes soft on Becks
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says captain David Beckham should have kept quiet about his decision to deliberately pick up a yellow card against Wales.
 arrow Football: Messina feel big
Messina fans will still be pinching themselves on Saturday when they travel to Juventus in the top-of-the-table encounter in Serie A.
 arrow Football: 'Homecoming' for Sammer!
Emotions will be running high at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium when VfB Stuttgart manager Matthias Sammer faces his old club Borussia Dortmund for the first time.
 arrow Football: Monaco struggling
The French league championship enters its tenth week this weekend with some of the title contenders, including last season's Champions League finalists Monaco, facing trouble in one shape or another.
 arrow Cricket: UCB sacks Simons
South African cricket coach Eric Simons was axed from his job Friday after a string of dismal performances which saw the country slip from second to sixth and eighth in world Test and one-day rankings.
Nationalarrow 'Abnormal' situation in Cox's Bazar Rohingya camp
An 'abnormal' situation has been prevailing in Kutupalong Rohingya camp here for about a month.
 arrow Sanitation: Social mobilisation on
Social mobilisation is going on in full swing to achieve cent per cent sanitation coverage by the year 2010.
As part of the move, a big colourful procession was brought out in Rajbari town on Tuesday.

 arrow HSC talents honoured
Prothom Alo, a major national daily, on Wednesday accorded a reception to meritorious students for scoring GPA-5 in the last HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) examination at a ceremony held at Rajshahi
 arrow Reception
A reception was accorded to Unocal executives by Gopendraganj Primary School administration in Bhunobir union, Moulvibazar recently, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Siam in Ramadan
Roza is a Persian word. Roza or al-Siam (in Arabic) must not be equated with normal fasting. There is a gulf of difference between Roza in Islam and mere abstention from food anddrinks.
 arrow White cane: Symbol of safety for the blind
YESTERDAY was October 15, the World White Cane Safety Day.
Culturearrow The future story-tellers
Hasan is a poor village boy who loves ice cream but cannot afford it. Once when his pal Abul wants to treat him ice cream, he gets truly overwhelmed by the offer.
 arrow Dance Like a Man
Nearly half a century it was the father who first came to be associated with a film by setting the music of maestro Satyajit Ray's epoch-making celluloid recreation Pather Panchali.
 arrow Wakil's stirring cosmopolitan vision
One has marvelled at the imagination, concept and dedication of Wakilur Rahman since the early 80s, when he had held his surrealistic exhibition at the Goethe Institut.
 arrow City colleges celebrate autumn
Clear sky and the Kash flower (white flower of a grass species) on the banks of a calm river in autumn has influenced many poets and lyricists.
Generalarrow Preserve indigenous seeds to protect farmers
Speakers at a rally yesterday called for preserving indigenous seeds to protect the farmers and agriculture.
 arrow Fair on disaster risk reduction begins
A seven-day knowledge fair began at Dhanmondi in the city on Thursday to raise public awareness about vulnerability and disaster risk reduction.
 arrow 2 get life in acid throwing case in Comilla
A court here sentenced two people to life term imprisonment on Thursday for throwing acid on three women and a child two years ago.
 arrow Govt urged to check noise pollution
Speakers at a meeting called on the government to take necessary steps to check increasing noise pollution that are causing hearing loss for the city dwellers.
 arrow CPB calls for reforms of electoral system
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) has called for total reforms in present electoral system to ensure free and fair election.
 arrow DU Mourning Day observed
Dhaka University authorities and different student organisations yesterday paid homage to the memories of those killed in a building collapse at Jagannath Hall 19 years ago.
 arrow 64 closed-circuit cameras to be set up in Khulna
Closed-circuit cameras will be set up at 64 vulnerable points in Khulna city to check crimes and ease traffic congestion.
The installation work will begin soon after the funds for the project isallocated.

 arrow CU vacation begins today
Chittagong University (CU) will remain closed for 35 days from today on the occasion of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga puja, said a press release.
 arrow Allegations of corruption against principal
The 24th batch cadets of Chittagong Marine Fisheries Academy yesterday brought allegations of corruption and torture against its principal.
 arrow Santi to step up efforts to promote HR
South Asian Network Against Torture and Impunity (Santi), a network of human rights organisations of South Asia, has decided to step up its efforts to institutionalise human rights in South Asia.
Internationalarrow Israel winds down long Gaza offensive
Israel scaled back its 17-day offensive in the Gaza Strip yesterday, after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon heeded the army's warning that a long stay in crowded Palestinian areas is too risky and the United
 arrow US reminds Musharraf of democracy pledge
The United States Thursday rem-inded Pakistan's leader General Pervez Musharraf of his pledge to embrace democracy, but declined to criticise the adoption of a law by parliament prolonging his dual role
 arrow Nepali Maoists declare 9-day truce for Dasin
Nepal's Maoist rebels announced yesterday a nine-day ceasefire, to go into effect next week, for the country's biggest Hindu festival, Dasain.
 arrow Arab world kicks off Ramadan under shadow of violence
Arabs began the Muslim holy month of Ramadan yesterday in reflective mood, as violence across much of their world brought reminders from their leaders of true Islam's tolerant nature -- backed by increases
 arrow Iraqi leaders send mixed signals on election date
Iraqi leaders are sending mixed signals on the exact date of the upcoming national elections, a vote considered crucial for the emergence of a legitimate government in the war-torn country.
 arrow Cheneys go mad after Kerry mentions daughter
Mary Cheney typically works quietly behind the scenes on her father's vice presidential campaign, but she was dragged front-and-center after John Kerry noted that she is a lesbian during his debate with
 arrow Indonesian cleric Bashir charged over Marriott blast
Indonesian prosecutors on Friday formally charged militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir with involvement in a suicide bombing at Jakarta's JW Marriott hotel.
Editorialarrow Editorial: RAB operations
There is a dilemma here.
 arrow Editorial: Poor standard of products
We seem to be living in a society where anyone can commit an illegal act without any fear of getting caught and be punished for it.
 arrow Reduction of flood related damages
Located in a typical tropical monsoon zone, Bangladesh, a deltaic country, has undergone the misery and devastation of another cataclysmic flooding of a large part of its territory.
 arrow Israel is slowly destroying America
Israel was created by the United Nations Security Council, without consulting the wishes of the people who lived there, the Palestinians. That is why Israel is illegal.
Letters to Editorarrow Ramzan power crisis
Julfikar Ali Manik's report on the subject (DS: 14 Oct) highlights the shortage of gas as the crux of the problem related to power shortage.
 arrow Employing military force in Iran and DPRK
Once again, the jaw-dropping arrogance of the West is on display for all to see. Iran and DPRK are not some territory or protectorate or US-controlled banana republics.
 arrow Grenade probe
I was wondering whether Bangladesh government would ever get the message that its grenade attack probe is laughable by any standard.
Literaturearrow Fundamentals
The launch journey to Barisal is quite a treat. One sets off with the setting sun; afterwards, a night afloat on the river.
 arrow Letter from Mumbai
On October 5, at a Loquations meeting in the darkened Sunken Garden of the National Centre of Performing Arts in Mumbai, a quiet tribute was paid to Arun Kolatkar (1932-2004), "India's best kept literary
 arrow There is a Moment
There is a moment
when the familiar becomes lost
and I am trying to find it.
It should be a gradual
process, the loosening of leaves
from the fold of bark.

 arrow You
You came to me so gently
Like a wave upon the shore
Nipping at my rough edges
Skimming my saddened surface
Rinsing sun-licked wounds.