Vol. 5 Num 149 Thu. October 21, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow 3 to die, 12 awarded life in Jail Killing Case
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three to death, awarded life imprisonment to 12 and acquitted five in the long-awaited verdict of historic Jail Killing Case.
 arrow Some killers escaped death penalty for flawed probe: Judge
The judge of the jail killing case blamed the investigation officer (IO) of faulty investigation and said all the killers of the four national leaders could not be awarded capital punishment due to negligence
 arrow Most corrupt for fourth time
For the fourth year in a row Bangladesh has become the most corrupt country in the Transparency International's (TI) corruption perception index (CPI) this year. It however shares the position with Haiti.
 arrow It was an attack on democracy
Leaders of Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday said the attack on their mass dialogue at Rangpur on Tuesday was an attack on the people, democracy and people's right to express
 arrow Top lawyers term it politically manoeuvred
Eminent lawyers yesterday termed the judgment in the historic Jail Killing Case politically manoeuvred and said the judgment virtually amounts to maintaining the status quo regarding the accused.
 arrow AL rejects judgement, calls hartal for Nov 3
The Awami League (AL) yesterday rejected the verdict of the Jail Killing Case and announced a half-day hartal across the country on November 3 in protest against what it called a 'government-directedjudgement.
 arrow Slain leaders' families bin verdict
The families of the four national leaders assassinated in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975 rejected the verdict yesterday and called it a farce of a justice.
 arrow Convicts term it 'politically influenced'
The convicts in the Jail Killing Case termed the judgement "politically influenced" while the acquitted said they were falsely implicated in the case.
 arrow Verdict fully free from pressure
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday categorically denied any government pressure to influence the verdict of jail killing case.
 arrow Long-drawn legal process still ahead
It is uncertain as to how much time will it take to execute the judgment in the long awaited Jail Killing Case, as experts hint at a potentially long period to have the judgment confirmed by higher court.
 arrow Judge finds no good in AL leaders' depositions
The 'sloppy' statements given by top Awami League leaders, who were witnesses in the Jail Killing Case, contributed a lot to the court's failure to bring to book all the killers of four national leaders,
 arrow AL decides to join JS session on Oct 28
The main opposition Awami League yesterday in a significant political move decided to join the Jatiya Sangsad session starting on October 28.
 arrow 7 promoted under president's quota
Seven joint secretary-level officials, who could not meet promotion criteria in the past, have been elevated to the position of additional secretary under the president's 10 percent yuota.
 arrow Rab won't raid kitchen markets anymore
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will not raid the kitchen markets to regulate the prices of commodities, a home ministry meeting in the face of criticism decided yesterday.
 arrow Run-down, old buses to be banned in capital
The government yesterday decided to ban old and run-down buses in the capital and prevent the Dhaka bound inter-district buses from entering the metropolitan area.
 arrow Franklin strikes hosts down
For the second successive day it was nightmarish start for Bangladesh in the first Test against New Zealand at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Fresh Indo-Pak peace talks from Dec14
Pakistan and India have agreed on a schedule of eight bilateral meetings in the next two months including talks on nuclear confidence building measures, the foreign office said here yesterday.
 arrow Mob lynches 3 robbers in Sirajganj
Three robbers were killed in mob beating on a night coach at Hatikamrul `Gol Chattar' (roundabout) on the western side of the Jamuna Bridge early yesterday.
 arrow Kumari Puja today
The Hindus celebrate Kumari puja, worshipping of the virgin, at Puja Mandaps across the country today.
The Goddess Durga is worshipped in various forms during her stay on earth. Kumari puja is one.

 arrow Rab nabs 7 operatives of Bangla Bhai
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested seven top associates of Bangla Bhai, operations commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, with arms and explosives from Jagadishpur Bariahat village
 arrow Ex-general sworn in as Indonesian president
Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took office as Indonesia's first directly elected leader yesterday after sweeping to power by vowing faster job growth, a war on corruption and tough punishment
 arrow Rejoinder
In a rejoinder to a report headlined 'No foreign link to bomb blast' published in The Daily Star on October 18, the Police Headquarters said, "IGP (Inspector General of Police) has been quoted out ofcontext.
Businessarrow Shebaworld becomes Banglalink
Shebaworld yesterday changed its brand name to Banglalink after Egypt-based mobile phone operator Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) took over the operation of the struggling joint venture.
 arrow Cairo, Dhaka jt economic commission next year
Visiting Assistant Minister for Asian Affairs of Egypt Ezzat Saad El Sayed said yesterday his country is expected to form a Joint Economic Commission (JEC) with Bangladesh next year to promote bilateral
 arrow Construction businesses decry high rod prices
Leading construction companies yesterday urged re-rolling millers to go for cost-cutting measures, saying that due to high cost of MS (melted scrap) rod, the construction work has slowed down.
 arrow ADB, Southeast Bank sign deal for int'l trade
The Asian Development Bank signed a trade finance facilitation agreement with local Southeast Bank Ltd (SBL) in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow New EU trade rules may hit Chinese textiles
The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a new set of EU trade priorities aimed at targeting developing countries in most need, at the expense for example of Chinese textiles.
 arrow Oil resumes climb on fear of winter supply crunch
Oil prices resumed their upwards march after falling for two days as traders braced for a drop in heating oil stocks ahead of the peak demand season during the northern hemisphere winter.
 arrow New Transcom Electronics showroom at Gulshan
Transcom Electronics Limited has opened a showroom at DCC Market at Gulshan, Dhaka.
 arrow HSBC awards raffle draw winners
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh has distributed prizes among the winners of My Loan Fair 2004 raffle draw.
 arrow IDLC rated A+ in long term
Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh Limited (IDLC), a joint venture multiproduct financial institution, has been assigned "A+" (single A plus) rating in the long term and ST-3 ratingin
 arrow Bank holiday on Saturday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Saturday on account of Durga Puja (Bijaya Dashami), said a Bangladesh Bank press release.
 arrow New chairman of Southeast Bank
Alamgir Kabir has been elected chairman of Southeast Bank Limited recently.
Kabir, a chartered accountant, was founder advisor to Export Import Bank of Bangladesh.

 arrow Citigroup's Asia Pacific head of trade due today
Andrew Siu Luen Au, managing director and regional trade head for Citigroup Global Transaction Services - Asia Pacific, arrives in Dhaka on a two-day visit today.
 arrow Pakistan selects Citibank, HSBC to lead Islamic bonds
Pakistan has selected Citibank and HSBC to jointly lead manage its first ever sovereign Islamic bonds later this year, a senior government official said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hoping for a good morning
Bangladesh's spinners laun-ched a spirited fightback and did not allow the New Zea-landers to assume control on day two but things could have been better still felt home captain Khaled Mashud.
 arrow Cricket: Fantastic Franklin
Even before the crowd could settle into their seat on the second day of the Dhaka Test, New Zealand's James Franklin created a little history for himself.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore was desperate to improve the patience of his charges.
 arrow Cricket: Thilan holds SL together
Thilan Samaraweera ended three runs short of a well-organised hundred as Sri Lanka recovered from a shaky start to reach 233 for seven on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Now let's move on'
Zimbabwe Cricket Union chairman Peter Chingoka said here Wednesday that following the rejection of racism allegations against the ZCU by an International Cricket Council's "eminent persons" adjudication,
 arrow Cricket: Cullinan in for Gibbs?
The chances of South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs touring India next month appear to be receding.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies say goodbye to legend Miller
More than 1,000 mourners filled St. Paul's cathedral here Wednesday for the state funeral of one of Australia's greatest sporting heroes, cricketer Keith Miller, who died on October 11, aged 84.
 arrow Tennis: Venus, Sugiyama sail
Venus Williams survived a potentially difficult opening round at the 1.3 million dollar WTA event in Zurich when she overcame Croatia's Karolina Sprem 6-2, 6-2.
 arrow Nadal storms past Sanguinetti
Spain's teenage raging bull Rafael Nadal stampeded over an Italian nearly twice his age, ploughing into the second round of the 2.4-million-dollar Madrid Masters 6-2, 6-1 against Davide Sanguinetti.
 arrow Football: Owen opens account
England international Michael Owen finally paid back the opening installment on his 12-million-dollar transfer fee on Tuesday as he scored his first Real Madrid goal to give his side a 1-0 Champions League
 arrow Football: Let down by the fans
Between them they have played almost 600 times in European competition and been crowned champions six times, but Tuesday's clash of the titans here between Juventus and Bayern Munich drew a paltry crowd
 arrow Football: Mourinho for education
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he would not get involved in a public slanging match over striker Adrian Mutu's drugs shame but insisted the club are doing their best to keep players in order.
 arrow Football: Tournament of the rest
They couldn't beat them and they couldn't join them so Europe's second stringers will instead kick-off a new era in the much-maligned UEFA Cup on Thursday with the forty remaining teams divided into eight
 arrow Chess: Wins for men and women
Bangladesh men's team won their fifth round boards 3-1 against Portugal in the 36th Chess Olympiad at Calvia in Spain on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Rajshahi, Barguna split points
The opening final round match of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football tourney between Rajshahi and Barguna ended in a goalless draw at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: W Australia beat Tasmania easily
Western Australia wrapped up a crushing nine-wicket win over rivals Tasmania at the WACA Ground here on Wednesday despite the loss of Australian Test bowler Brad Williams with a knee injury.
 arrow Cricket: BCB picks 19 to play CAB U-15s
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 19-member Under-15 squad yesterday to play against CAB Under-15 side.
 arrow Cricket: Five to correct Malik's action
Pakistan Cricket Board said Tuesday it had set up a five-member panel to help promising all-rounder Shoaib Malik correct his suspect bowling action.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar was to be assessed on Wednesday
Sachin Tendulkar's chances of playing in the third Test against Australia should become clearer after an assessment by a team of experts, including Andrew Leipus, the physiotherapist, and trainer Greg
 arrow Chess: Kramnik keeps his crown
Defending world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia retained his title on Monday by drawing with Hungary's Peter Leko in the Classical World Chess Championship.
 arrow Football: Veron burgler jailed
A burglar who broke into the London home of football star Juan Sebastian Veron and terrorised his family with a machete was jailed for life on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Better learn English!
Berlin's policemen are to get crash courses in English to make them more effective during the 2006 football World Cup finals, a spokesman said Wednesday.
 arrow Fergie admits mistakes
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that his tactical blunders are to blame for his side's poor start to the Premiership campaign.
 arrow Football: Souness gives a piece of his mind
Angry Newcastle boss Graeme Souness on Tuesday told fiery Welsh striker Craig Bellamy to keep his mouth shut after the Geordies' coach found himself on the receiving end of a four-letter tirade at Charlton
 arrow Dismantled For A Better MCG..

Metropolitanarrow BDR-BSF coordination a must to reduce human trafficking
Effective coordination and cooperation between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Border Security Forces (BSF) of India can help reduce the human trafficking, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
Nationalarrow Patuakhali Polytech: 21 teachers for 40 posts
Academic activities in Patuakhali Polytechnic Institute in being greatly hampered due to acute shortage of teachers for long.
 arrow A new onslaught in Sundarbans
Fishes and animals in the Sundarbans now face a new onslaught. A section of fishermen spray high powered insecticide in certain canals to net fishes in large quantities.
 arrow JCD to stage hunger strike, rally
The Chittagong Medical College (CMC) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Tuesday announced a fresh agitation programme including one-hour token hunger strike every day until cancellation of therecent
 arrow 'Fake' NGO office at Puthia locked, 3 held
Police on Monday arrested three officials of a 'fake' NGO, Profit Concern Private Limited, and locked its office at Puthia following clients' allegations that they were cheated out of Tk 8 lakh.
 arrow Hunger strike by Hindus for arrest of culprits
About 300 members of the Hindu community staged a two-hour token hunger strike at the Court Square in the town protesting police inaction in arresting the culprits responsible for arson incidents at Adom
 arrow DIG Prison sued by jail warden
The DIG (Prison) of Jessore Central Jail has been sued for alleged attempted sexual harassment of a jail warden.
 arrow Prices fall in Jessore
Movement of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the town since Monday left a favourable impact in the kitchen markets. Prices of vegetables have fallen by Tk 5 to 6 in the last two days.
 arrow T-aman on 25,000 acres damaged
Standing transplanted aman (T-aman) crops on 25,000 acres of land were badly damaged in Sarail, Nasirnagar, Kasba and Akhaura upazilas due to ceaseless rains for several days.
 arrow Puja brings no cheers for 1500 Hindu families
The Durga Puja this year did not bring any cheers for about 1500 Hindu teachers and other Hindu employees at non-government secondary schools, junior high schools, colleges and madrassahas in the district.
 arrow 100 hurt in B'baria clash
At least 100 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people in Abiztula and Nushati villages in Sarail upazila over children's game with marble on Sunday.
Culturearrow Shefali Ghosh: A trend-setter of regional songs
Shefali Ghosh, is a name, familiar to the connoisseurs of folk music. She has been labeled the 'Queen of Regional Songs' as she popularised regional songs of Chittagong in the country and abroad.
 arrow Ek Jonomey next on Mamun's slot
In a common practice overseas, famous artistes are often allotted a special slot on TV channels.
 arrow Kayes Chowdhury strikes back
The communication gap between the youth and old is an age-old problem. While old is more centric to pride and prejudice, youth is above all these traditions.
 arrow A chit-chat with Oindrilla
Amongst the many child artistes who have made a place for themselves in the media today, Oindrilla has been successful.
 arrow Sharmila dons a new role
Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore was appointed Censor Board chief by the government of Indian. She replaced eminent actor Anupam Kher.
Generalarrow AL rejects Jail Killing Case verdict
Awami League (AL) leaders, at a public meeting yesterday, rejected the verdict of historic Jail Killing Case terming it a 'farce and blueprint' of the alliance government.
 arrow Boral murder case sent back to Judge's Court
Bagerhat Awami League leader Advocate Kalidas Boral murder case has been sent back to the Bagerhat District and Sessions Judge's Court on Tuesday as the Khulna Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal could not
 arrow GD filed with Motijheel thana
UNB, DhakaAwami Swechchhasebak League President Bahauddin Nasim yesterday filed a general diary (GD) with Motijheel police in connection with the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL)
 arrow Attack on mass dialogue condemned
More political parties yesterday condemned the attack on the mass dialogue programme of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiya Oikya Mancha in Rangpur Town Hall .
 arrow Polybags seized
A huge quantity of polythene shopping bags was recovered by the Joint Task Force from the kitchen market of Kushal Centre under Uttara thana of the city yesterday.
 arrow Replica of Centennial Bell of Rotary Int'l handed over to president
A delegation of Rotarians led by past District Governor Iftekharul Alam, called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
Two people were killed under the wheels of a truck on Jhenidah-Kushtia highway in Shailakupa upazila yesterday.
Internationalarrow 'Rampant corruption hobbling global poverty fight'
Corruption is crippling the battle against poverty and robbing oil-rich countries such as Iraq of their development potential, a respected global graft watchdog said yesterday in an annual report on sleaze.
 arrow 'Iraq to ask foreign troops to leave after Jan vote'
The Iraqi government to be elected in January will ask foreign forces operating in the US-led military coalition to leave shortly after taking office, Italian Defence Minister Antonio Martino said inan
 arrow No decision yet on UK troops redeployment
Britain has not yet decided whether to send 650 troops to relieve US forces in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday, while rejecting suggestions that such a move would be aimed at boosting US
 arrow Bush, Kerry sidestep ME conflict
Locked in a bitter battle for the US presidency, incumbent President George W.
 arrow Pak army helicopters attack militant hideouts in tribal region
Pakistani helicopter gunships yesterday attacked suspected hideouts of al-Qaeda-linked militants in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border, a day after an ambush killed several soldiers, residents
 arrow 11 killed as typhoon pounds Japan
At least 11 people were killed and 62 injured yesterday as the biggest typhoon to hit Japan for more than a decade battered the south of the country with heavy rain and powerful winds, officials said.
 arrow Shake-up may hurt Myanmar's reforms
The sacking of Myanmar's prime minister prompted concern among the country's neighbours yesterday, with key players warning that the change could be a blow to hopes of democracy in the military-ruledstate.
 arrow US soldier pleads guilty to prisoner abuse
One of the US soldiers at the heart of the prisoner abuse scandal at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison pleaded guilty to five charges of maltreatment and indecency at a court martial in Baghdad yesterday.
 arrow UNSC presses Syria on Lebanon pullout
The UN Security Council on Tuesday called unanimously for Syria to pull its troops out of neighbouring Lebanon, a demand that the Syrians quickly rejected.
 arrow Commuter jet crashes in US: 8 killed
A twin-engine turboprop commuter plane crashed in the woods about three miles from the airport where it was preparing to land, killing at least eight of the 15 people on board, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: B Chy-Kamal meeting attacked
On Tuesday, by all accounts, some JCD-Jubadal activists of the ruling party broke up a meeting jointly held by Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh at Rangpur Town Hall, throwing shoes and
 arrow Editorial: AL in JS committees
The Awami League's decision to join the parliamentary standing committees, belated though, is a welcome development.
 arrow How safe is the world today?
Three statements from three international personalities of three completely different callings following the last BushKerry debate have made news.
 arrow Maharastra : A boost for UPA and Sonia Gandhi
The outcome of the state assembly elections in the key western Indian state of Maharastra has come as a big morale boosting for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in India and more importantly
 arrow Three years of alliance govt: More blemish than bliss
Three years have passed since the present alliance government came to power.
Letters to Editorarrow Fair price for farmers
BTV in one of its economy related programmes presented a comparative chart showing the prices of certain vegetables in the wholesale market and in retail and footpath shops.
 arrow Balance of terror?
After the rape and grievous wounds inflicted upon Iraq, which country is going to become the next victim? Iran or North Korea? Why not Israel?
Why don't UN arms inspectors, NATO experts and IAEAteam