Vol. 5 Num 145 Sun. October 17, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Top ministries oppose new guideline
Some ministries are putting pressure on the planning ministry to change the Public Procurement Regulations, 2003, which were formulated on donors' insistence to check corruption.
 arrow Costly start to Ramadan
People in middle and low-income brackets bore the brunt of sky-high prices of essentials in the capital with their suffering exacerbated by a dawn-to-dusk rickshaw strike yesterday, the first day of Ramadan.
 arrow Forestland grabbed
Land grabbers have encroached upon around 12,250 acres of forestland under Dhaka Forest Department over the years.
 arrow No probe 54 days into grenade recovery
The government appears to be trying to bury the August 22 grenade recovery from Dhaka Central Jail that sent a chill across the nation already panicked by the killing of 20 people in a grisly grenadeattack
 arrow Mob beats two dead after Jubo Dal man's murder
A violent mob beat dead two young men allegedly in reprisal for the killing of a Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activist in the city yesterday.
 arrow 750 M16 ammo, wireless sets seized
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized huge ammunition of M-16 rifle and 30 high-powered wireless sets from the border area of Naikhangchhari.
 arrow Kushtia outlaw chief killed in 'crossfire'
A top terror and `Kasr Bahini' chief was killed in "crossfire" between police and his accomplices at Malihad Canalpara in Mirpur upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Tailbacks ease but commuters suffer
The government is firm to make the main roads of the capital rickshaw-free to ease the chronic traffic congestion despite yesterday's dawn-to-dusk rickshaw strike that caused sufferings to commuters but
 arrow Go local, says PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the countrymen |o give preference to local products, including clothes, during their festival shopping to encourage local producers.
 arrow US troops in Iraq revolt over safety
Relatives of soldiers who refused to deliver supplies in Iraq say the troops considered the mission too dangerous, in part because their vehicles were in poor shape.
 arrow Army deployed at Wasa pump stations
The government yesterday deployed army at all pump stations of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) to ensure uninterrupted water supply during Ramadan.
 arrow Flood-hit north awaits relief
With further worsening of flood situation in Rajshahi and Naogaon districts, victims are still waiting for relief.
 arrow Sri Lanka lift Pak tri-series
Sri Lanka dismissed Pakistan for just 168 in only 38 overs to win the tri-series by 119 runs in Lahore on Saturday.
 arrow Blasts hit Baghdad churches, hospital
Explosions damaged churches and hit a hospital and hotel in Baghdad yesterday in fresh challenges to Iraq's ]S-backed interim government.
 arrow Protest over damage of idol of Durga
Unidentified elements damaged the idols of goddess Durga at a temple and a house in Kamargaon union of Tanore upazila on Friday night, triggering massive protests by the Hindus.
 arrow Congress retains power in Maharashtra
India's Congress-led alliance held onto power in the nation's richest state, Maharashtra, after winning the most seats yesterday in assembly elections and dealing a humiliating defeat to the opposition
 arrow Congress retains power in Maharashtra
India's Congress-led alliance held onto power in the nation's richest state, Maharashtra, after winning the most seats yesterday in assembly elections and dealing a humiliating defeat to the opposition
Businessarrow Gold glides to all time high
Gold price yesterday hit all time high at Tk 10,000 a bhori (11.66 grams) in the local market, showing an increase trend of Tk 1,000 each year.
 arrow Handicraft losing markets on absence of trendy design
Absence of a design institute fails handicraft manufacturers to cope with the latest trends forcing them to lose markets.
 arrow Tata team arrives today for pre-feasibility study
A three-member Tata technical team arrives in Dhaka today to start a pre-feasibility study on the group's $2 billion investment plans in Bangladesh's steel, power and fertiliser sectors.
 arrow Bangladeshi products lure Nepalese consumers
Participants at a Bangladesh single country fair in Nepal have received US$ 3.04 lakh spot orders, disclosed Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).
 arrow Manpower export to Malaysia unlikely to resume in Nov
Manpower export to Malaysia is unlikely to resume in the next month, although a Bangladesh delegation was assured of re-starting the recruitment.
 arrow ‘Delhi can become Dhaka’s largest export market’
The visiting trade and investment delegation of Maharastra Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) yesterday met leaders of the Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) and discussedissues
 arrow Gulf states ready to employ a million Nepalese
Gulf nations have told Nepal they would like to step up recruitment of Nepalese workers, taking in an extra one million of them, a government minister said.
 arrow EU traders call for bite in China's law
The European Chamber of Commerce is pushing the Chinese government to mete out harsher punishments to counterfeiters.
 arrow PM urges ROK to recruit more Bangladeshis
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged South Korea to recruit more Bangladeshi workers and increase imports from Bangladesh.
 arrow BASIC Bank opens branch at Dhanmondi
BASIC Bank has opened its 27th branch at Sat Masjid Road, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
 arrow Exim Bank shares make dream debut
The transaction of shares of Export Import Bank of Bangladesh Ltd (EXIM) started at Dhaka and Chittagong bourses yesterday, creating an enormous demand among investors and raising price of each script
 arrow Lanka to impose tax on rubber imports, exports
Sri Lanka will impose a tax on all raw rubber exports and rubber good imports from November to fund a 10-year expansion drive for an industry that has dwindled in recent years, a top Plantation Industries
 arrow New vice chairmen of Shahjalal Islami Bank
Akkasuddin Mollah and Md Towhidur Rahman have been elected vice-chairmen of Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited.
 arrow New York crude bolts to record $55 a barrel
New York's main crude oil price bolted to a record 55 dollars a barrel Friday as traders fretted about stretched supplies, hot demand and thin stocks of winter heating fuel.
 arrow ROK to launch free trade talks with European group in 2005
South Korea and a bloc of four European countries have reached a tentative agreement to launch talks early next year on a bilateral free trade agreement, the foreign ministry here said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nafees gets Test nod
Nafees Iqbal was called up for the opening Test against New Zealand when the na-tional selectors announced squad yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Black Caps bat it out
The three-day tour match at the BKSP ground in Savar ended in a predictable draw yesterday but not before dashing New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle cracked a superb century.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble at it again
Anil Kumble grabbed three wickets in the final session to leave India in control of the second cricket Test against world champions Australia here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka put up good total
Sri Lanka posted 287 for seven in the final of the three-nation tournament on Saturday -- six short of the total Pakistan knocked off in the final group game against them on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Jennings acting SA coach
Former wicketkeeper Ray Jennings was appointed South Africa's caretaker coach until May 2005 on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: Ray of hope for Rana
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) is expected to withdraw the suspension on Mahbub Ehsan Rana when the executive committee meets on October 23.
 arrow Chess: Mixed day for Bangladesh
The Bangladesh men's team made a good start in the 36th Chess Olympiad when they won their first round game against San Marino 4-0 at Calvia in Spain on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain likes Vaughan
Former captain Nasser Hussain says Michael Vaughan's laid-back style suits the current England side to a tee.
 arrow Tennis: All-Russian final
The Kremlin Cup final will be an all-Russian affair for the first time after defending champion Anastasia Myskina beat new world number one Lindsay Davenport of the United States here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Don't fix it, warns AFC
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has warned China and Hong Kong against fixing their crucial World Cup football qualifier next month, state media reported Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wenger set to sign fresh deal
Arsene Wenger is about to sign a new contract which will keep him at Arsenal till 2008 which would extend his Highbury stay to nearly 12 years.
 arrow Football: Soccer-Scope
The Football Association (FA) have submitted bids for the new Wembley Stadium to host the 2007 Champions League final and the City of Manchester Stadium to host the 2006 or 2007 UEFA Cup final.
 arrow Football: Mutu leaving Chelsea?
Adrian Mutu is reported to have walked out on Chelsea as a result of his dispute with manager Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Cricket: PCB agrees to central contracts
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed the terms and conditions of an annual central contract with its senior Test players, chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan expects middle-order defiance
Coach John Buchanan said he was hoping his middle-order could dig in to give Australia a chance of saving the second Test after India took command on the third day on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Speed criticises rebels' lawyer
A senior International Cricket Council (ICC) official has accused a lawyer of trying to "undermine" an inquiry into alleged racism in Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: NSW wrest initiative
New South Wales clawed back into their Sheffield Shield cricket match with Queensland to hold an overall lead at the close of the second day at the Gabba on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Ban use of toxicants in food'
Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to ban the use of toxic substances in food items.
 arrow Price spiral of essentials protested
Main opposition parties and social organisations yesterday protested the price hike of essentials in the holy month of Ramadan.
 arrow 'Conservation of biodiversity a must for food security'
Environment-friendly cultivation practices and conservation of ecological balance are a must for achieving food security for all, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow Bank Asia, IEH observe World Sight Day
A daylong school-college eye camp was held at Malkhanagar High School and College in Munshiganj to raise awareness about eye care among the students through a campaign of the theme -- 'Better eye care,
 arrow Court hours during Ramadan
Chief Justice J R Mudassir Hossain yesterday rescheduled the office timing for the High Court Division and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court during the holy month of Ramadan.
 arrow One gets life for keeping illegal arms
A court in Chittagong yesterday sentenced one person to life term for possessing illegal arms and ammunition.
 arrow JU vacation from Oct 19
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) will remain closed from October 19 to November 20 on the occasion of Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, Shab-e-Qadr, Eid-ul-Fitr and National Revolution and Solidarity Day.
 arrow Labourer falls from ship, dies
A labourer was killed when he slipped and fell down from a ship at Ship Breaking Yard in Sitakunda upazila in the district yesterday.
Nationalarrow Thousands say no to dowry
Over 10,000 people attended a different type of dowry-free marriage ceremony at Jaldhaka stadium on Tuesday.
 arrow 'Corrupt' police official defies court order
A police official has been serving in Brahmanbaria Thana although he defied court summons twice.
 arrow Oikya Mancho leaders exchange views
Bikolpodhara Bangladesh and Gano Forum leaders under a common banner of Jatiya Oikya Mancho exchanged opinions with journalists by holding a press conference at Rangpur Press Club on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bush administration challenged on detention abuses
Despite recent revelations about the torture and abuse of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, lawyers representing detainees, both in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, have obtained disturbing new first-hand
 arrow Response to fundamentalism
Religious fundamentalism is a global phenomenon which existed from the very dawn of civilisation. The Christians had it and continue to have it. It is highly pronounced in Judaism.
 arrow Development Bangladeshi style
Bangladesh is a village based country -- very few Bangladeshis would deny this statement. More then 80 per cent of the population lives in villages.
 arrow Time to tackle extreme poverty
Today is the UN's official World Poverty Day. But every day is poverty day for the two billion people worldwide who have less than two dollars a day to live on.
Culturearrow 'Most of all it is birds that inspire me'
Hashem Khan is the head of the Oriental Department, Dhaka University.
 arrow Grace in motion
Tahnina Islam Jhumi, a Kathak dancer, took lessons at the Sangeet Bhaban when she was merely eight. The year was 1984.
 arrow Three-day drama festival at JU
The Jahangirnagar Theatre (JT), a leading theatre group of Jahangirnagar University (JU), recently held a three-day long drama festival titled 'Freshers reception drama festival-2004' on the campus.
 arrow Dali-Disney film gets New York premiere
A narrow-waisted, emerald-eyed brunette flits through a desert full of melting clocks and wacky perspectives, looking for her lover. Giant telephones levitate.
 arrow Young talents off to India
At the initiative of peoples Little Theatre Association Pubali Shanksktik Goshthi (PSG), Feni, is now in India to take part in Indian Theatre Olympiad 2004 at Urisya, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Assam slows drive against rebels after truce
India's troubled northeastern state of Assam said yesterday it had scaled back operations against tribal separatists who had agreed to a ceasefire, pending New Delhi's own announcement of a truce.
 arrow Iran says 'no' to total cease of nuclear acts
Iran will reject any European proposal for a complete cessation of its work on the nuclear fuel cycle, but is willing to consider further "confidence-building" measures and extending a suspension of uranium
 arrow US asks Britain to deploy troops in more volatile parts of Iraq
The United States has asked Britain for their thoughts on sending troops on a "particular operation", but this is a fairly frequent occurrence, a British military spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow 2 US soldiers, 5 others killed in Afghanistan
A bomb attack in southern Afghanistan killed two American soldiers and wounded three others, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Swing voters hold the key
Political strategists determined early on that this year's White House race would come down to a block of uncommitted or "swing" voters in a smattering of US states.
 arrow Nepal govt sees positive signs in Maoist truce
Nepal's government said yesterday the announcement of a nine-day ceasefire by Maoist rebels for an important Hindu festival was a "positive" omen for efforts to end the deadly insurgency wracking thenation.
 arrow Palestinians pick up pieces after Israeli offensive
Palestinians picked over the rubble of more than two weeks of fighting in a refugee camp on Saturday after Israeli tanks quit northern Gaza to end a crushing offensive.
 arrow 5 nations win UNSC seats
The United Nations Friday elected five new members of the UN Security Council for two-year terms starting on January 1 -- Argentina, Denmark, Greece, Japan and Tanzania.
 arrow Military, families believe US sent too few troops into Iraq: Poll
US military staff and their families believe the United States sent too few troops into Iraq and put too great a burden on inexperienced National Guard and reserve forces, even though they support George
Editorialarrow Editorial: Into the holy month
The month of Ramadan has begun with Muslims all over the world preparing themselves for self-abstinence, a kind of self-denial that has them feel the pinch of poverty and hunger of millions.
 arrow Editorial: House committees remain ineffective
As the fourth year of the current parliament gets under way, unfortunately it seems as though the parliament, and the parliamentary standing committees in particular, remain more or less ineffective.
 arrow Human security in Bangladesh
These days security seems to be the burning issue on everybody's lips.
 arrow Crisis of confidence
INDIA faces a different kind of crisis. It is not economic, not even political. It is the crisis of confidence. The two main political parties in the country do not trust each other.
Letters to Editorarrow Violation of procedures
I would refer to Mr. Nazmul Ahsan's letter (DS: Oct 8) regarding the unauthorised presence of a passenger in the cockpit, and an ex Biman MD to boot.
 arrow We cannot support
Some Muslim clerics, esp.
 arrow Another arch bridge at Dhanmondi
Lately, the authorities concerned have decided to build an arch bridge between Dhanmondi Road 3/A and 4/A. It is going to be implemented within a month or so.
 arrow Hijab and fanaticism
I am writing in response to Mr. Arshad Khan's letter on hijab. Yes, cross is banned too.
Star Healtharrow What you need to know about vaccinating your child
Every child under 1 year of age is aimed to receive vaccines that protect him/her from vaccine preventable diseases like childhood tuberculosis, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis andmeasles.
 arrow 65,000 blind due to cataract in the country
Over 750,000 people including 40,000 children are blind in the country due to cataract, malnutrition and lack of public awareness.
 arrow A new guideline for management of acute coronary syndrome
A new guideline for management of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) was launched last week for physicians seeking quick reference on the disease.
 arrow Find required blood donors on the web
A new website (www.toletdhaka.com) has been launched recently for those who require blood for emergency.
 arrow Migraine prodrome: A nose on a face
The migraine prodrome is a constellation of symptoms occurring 24 h before a migraine headache. Premonitory symptoms include food cravings, depression, lethargy, urinary retention and yawning.
 arrow Sociocultural explanation for delays in careseeking for Pneumonia
While pneumonia is a major cause of death among children in Bangladesh, few children with pneumonia receive timely therapy from trained health providers.
 arrow Seminar on ‘World Sight Day 2004’ held at SSMC
On the occasion of 'World Sight Day 2004' SNEDS (Sandhani National Eye Donation Society), Mitford Zone organised a seminar on the theme 'Eradication of blindness in Bangladesh and Sandhani' at the lecture
Star Cityarrow High prices hit low income bracket
The price hike of essentials created panic two weeks to Ramadan that began yesterday causing sufferings to low and middle-income families.
 arrow Ah! Rickshaw-free streets
Yesterday's rickshaw strike was a welcome relief to city commuters who hardly saw traffic congestion even during the rush hour sbetween 3 and 4 pm.
 arrow Mohakhali flyover opens Nov 4 with tremor risk
The Mohakhali flyover in the city will be opened to traffic on November 4, four months behind the schedule, although it has yet been made tremor-proof.
 arrow Packaging and printing irregularities in primary textbooks
The government might incur huge losses following alleged corruption in quotation for printing and packaging of primary textbooks.
 arrow Dhaka's digital map on cards
The digital map of Dhaka city is expected to be made available to important departments and agencies and the public within the next two months.
 arrow Egg on the Face of Traffic Rule