Vol. 5 Num 150 Fri. October 22, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow RMG loses edge on no care for local cotton
Lack of research, subsidy and bio-safety policy marginalised cotton farming, prompting the textile industry to import more than 90 percent of cotton from abroad in a measure that hiked the productioncost
 arrow OMS starts, fails to rein in prices
Sale of rice at a subsidised price of Tk 13 a kg among the economically hard-pressed started yesterday under the government's open market sale (OMS) programme with little impact on the high price of rice
 arrow IO hits back at criticism
Denying allegations of gross flaws in probing Jail Killing Case, Investigation Officer (IO) Abdul Kahar Akand yesterday put the blame on the state side saying he did not get full co-operation from the
 arrow Opposition demands independent EC
Leaders of different political parties including the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded an Election Commission (EC) totally free from government influence to ensure holding of the next
 arrow Stay alert against all evil forces
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the Hindus to remain alert with the spirit of the key message of Durga Puja against all evil forces in national, social and individual life.
 arrow Hasina rejects verdict, flies off to US
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday rejected the judgment in the Jail Killing Case describing it as 'dictated by the government high-ups'.
 arrow Millions desperate for end to waterlogging
More than one million people are battling chaos from weeks of waterlogging in much of Demra and Narayanganj, as canals inside the DND dam are blocked.
 arrow Check extortion to bring down essentials' prices
Business leaders yesterday called on the government not to engage the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and other law enforcing agencies to check the price hike of essentials.
 arrow New anti-mosquito drive kicks off
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has launched a fresh mosquito control drive by replacing adulticide with larvaecide that will combat the menace 10 times more effectively and also slash the cost to about
 arrow McCullum takes the game away
Brendon McCullum's maiden hundred and two late wickets by Daniel Vettori firmly put New Zealand in the driver's seat on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh yesterday.
 arrow 2 AK47 rifles seized
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized two AK47 rifles and huge ammunition in two separate drives on the Myanmar border in Naikhangchhari.
 arrow 4,000 lives, $300m lost this year
Road accidents this year claimed 4,000 people and injured 5,000, of which pedestrian fatality was 53 percent, besides causing a loss of $300 million in financial terms, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 3 busy lobbying for post soon after acquittal
Hectic lobbying has already started for 'proper rehabilitation' of three out of five people acquitted of charges in the historic jail killing case yesterday, sources in the ruling BNP said.
 arrow NU to turn into Ziaur Rahman Nat'l University
The senate of National University (NU) yesterday decided to rename the university Ziaur Rahman National University.
 arrow F-28 fails to take off in Sylhet
An F-28 aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday failed to take off from Osmani International Airport due to some technical faults.
 arrow Mahanabami today
Hindu devotees celebrate Mahanabami at Puja mandaps today amid great festivity.
 arrow Criminal takes refuge to court for fear of Rab
A cadre of Jubo Dal and listed top criminal of the district yesterday surrendered to a court to avoid death at the hands of the Rapid Action Battalion, according to locals.
 arrow Rivals slaughter three Kushtia outlaws
Outlawed party operatives slaughtered three members of a rival outfit in the early hours yesterday at a village in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia.
 arrow 14 die in 4 road crashes
At least 14 people were killed and 36 others injured in road accidents in Jamalpur, Gazipur, Kushtia and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Banks asked to send staff on leave to check fraud
The central bank has directed all commercial banks to give mandatory leave for 15 days at a stretch to all officials and employees including the managers of their branches every year to check fraud.
 arrow BSF kills one Bangladeshi at Tentulia
A Bangladeshi national was shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India on Bangla Bandha border in Tentulia upazila yesterday.
 arrow Thomas lauds religious tolerance
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday said the peaceful celebration of Durga Puja simultaneously with Ramadan testifies to 'tremendous amount of tolerance' and commitment to constitutional commitments.
Businessarrow European Commission adopts GSP proposal for 2006-08
The European Commission yesterday adopted a proposal setting out the details of the EU system of trade preferences (generalised system of preferences -- GSP) for the period 2006-2008.
 arrow Agri sector has potential for further investment
High value crops, organic agro products, poultry, livestock and fisheries along with agro processing can open door for local and foreign investment, State Minister for Agriculture Mirza Fakhrul IslamAlamgir,
 arrow Winter fuel worries keep oil prices above $54
Oil prices remained stubbornly above 54 dollars Thursday, creeping up towards new record summits on worries of a winter supply crunch after a fifth straight weekly fall in US heating fuel stockpiles.
 arrow Annual confce of Crocodile product distributors held
The annual conference of distributors and sellers of Crocodile products was held in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Citigroup to acquire ABN AMRO's businesses
Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank NA, recently announced that it is acquiring ABN AMRO's direct custody, securities clearing, and fund services businesses in selected European and Asian markets.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Savouring the moment
The third day of the first Test was not a spectator's delight. But it will be remembered for two individuals.
 arrow Cricket: Just a tribute
It could not have happened to a better person any way you look at it.
 arrow Cricket: Seires Salad
Sometimes looks can be deceiving. After watching Paul Piente, an Australian gentleman with a long beard, one can be pardoned for seeing the ghost of legendary English cricketer WG Grace.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan gain slim lead
Sri Lanka fought back with seven wickets in the last two sessions to restrict Pakistan's first innings lead on the second day of the first Test on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: New ball pleases Akhtar
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar played down the importance of his five-wicket haul in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Thilan delighted at away ton
Sri Lankan all-rounder Thilan Samaraweera Thursday hit his first hundred away from home, buoyed by the fact it was done facing what he called world's best attack.
 arrow Cricket: Captain asks Lee to wait
Skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday urged discarded Test pace bowler Brett Lee to stick at it and work towards getting back in the Australian team for the domestic Test cricket series later this year.
 arrow Tennis: Henman felled in Madrid
Mild-mannered Tim Henman flung his racket in anger late in the final set on the way to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 upset at the hands of Ivan Ljubicic at the 2.42-milion-euro Madrid Masters on Thursady.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova in qtrs
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova had to fight off a strong challenge from Daniela Hantuchova before reaching the quarterfinals of the 1.3-million-dollar WTA event here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Shevchenko downs Barca
Andriy Shevchenko's first half header gave AC Milan a 1-0 win over Barcelona in front of a 68,000 crowd here Wednesday and moved them a big step closer to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Chelsea prevail, Gunners struggle
Chelsea emerged from the Adrian Mutu drugs controversy to virtually assure their place in the next round of the Champions League on Wednesday while London rivals Arsenal saw their calamity-prone goalkeeper
 arrow Football: Inter on fire
Inter Milan continued their stunning start to the season and top Champions League Group G with a perfect record after cruising to a 5-1 victory over Spanish champions Valencia here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Morientes not for sale
Real Madrid have slapped a 'not for sale' sign on their Spanish international striker Fernando Morientes, who is currently attracting interest from Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Counselling for Mutu
Disgraced Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu will undergo counselling in an effort to save his career after he tested positive for cocaine.
 arrow Cricket: Araf, Biman keep winning
Araf Apparels and Biman Bangla-desh maintained their winning runs in the GrameenPhone 2nd Corporate Cricket League when the title contenders recorded their third consecutive victories in the Twenty20competition
 arrow Hockey: Easy wins for MSC, Usha
Holders Mohammedan Sporting Club made a flying start in the Metropolis Club Cup Hockey Tournament eliminating Wari Club by 5-1 in one of the two opening day matches at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey
 arrow Football: Baten slams six goals
Abdul Baten slammed a double hattrick as Feni recorded a massive 6-1 victory over Narsingdi in the final round of the JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mohammad MostafaKamal
 arrow Chess: Both men and women beaten
The Bangladesh men's team lost to Switzerland 3-1 in the sixth round game of the 36th Chess Olympiad at Calvia in Spain on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The rising price of rice
The newspapers of the coun-try have been highlighting the steep rise in the prices of essentials including rice for about the last two weeks. It is really big news when aubergine sells at Tk.
Culturearrow Khalid's eye-catching canvases
Khalid Mahmud Mithu, in his ongoing 11th solo exhibit at Chitrak Gallery has brought in a 3-D effect on his numerous, large canvases.
 arrow 'The little viewers are my true inspiration' --Sharmin
A newly married girl confessed in a letter to Sharmin Lucky, the host of Siddiqua Kabir's Recipe, that her father-in-law didn't accept her initially.
 arrow Our Talents
Bangladesh's rich cultural heritage has been built up by many notable talents. Some of them have passed away, while some are still contributing to their chosen fields.
Generalarrow Lack of proper lessons responsible: Dr Farruk
Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk yesterday brushed aside the allegation that inadequate allocation is responsible for bad performance in public examinations.
 arrow Massive changes in DU admission procedure
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have brought massive changes in admission procedure including separate admission test for each faculty, curtailing of one number against four mistakes in Multiple
 arrow One shot, arrested with arms
Police yesterday arrested an alleged one person with arms after a shootout at Mohammadpur in the city.
 arrow 'Monga takes serious turn in northern region'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday said Monga, a famine-like situation, is once again taking a serious turn in the northern region due to recent floods, abnormal price hike of essentials and the
 arrow Resignation of govt demanded
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) on Wednesday called on the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition to resign immediately for its failure in combating the abnormal price hike of essentials.
 arrow One chopped to death in Netrakona
Assailants killed Siddik Mia of village Uluati under the Sadar upazila of Netrakona early in the morning yesterday.
 arrow Pro-govt lawyers threaten to resist court boycott
Speakers at an emergency meeting of the Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikya Parishad yesterday condemned the chief justice's court boycott programme of pro-Awami League lawyers.
 arrow Four new Dcs appointed
The government yesterday appointed four new deputy commissioners in different districts, says an official notification.
 arrow Indian spare parts seized
BDR seized Indian spare parts worth Tk 30 lakh from five boats in the bordering river Sonai near Keragachi village in Kularoa upazila yesterday.
 arrow Preserve plants, buds of fruits, vegetables
Agriculture Minister M K Anwar yesterday urged the scientists and concerned men to take up a coordination programme for longer preservation of plants and buds of all fruits and vegetables.
 arrow PM's donation for treatment of a school student
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has donated Tk one lakh for treatment of a meritorious student of Comilla Zila School suffering from blood cancer.
 arrow President, PM greet Pope
President Iajuddin Ahmed has greeted Pope John Paul-II on the anniversary of his coronation.
 arrow 1,321 more held
Police arrested 1,321 people, including a listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The 'incomplete' verdict
At long last, we have a court verdict in the jail killing case arising out of the cold-blooded murder of four national leaders.
 arrow Editorial: Change in Myanmar
Those that want to see the implementation of democratic reforms in Myanmar will have received the news of the sacking of Myanmar's prime minister Khin Nyunt with a great deal of dismay.
 arrow Deafening silence
The recent attack by ruling party activists on a public meeting held jointly by the Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh at Rangpur Town Hall heralds a new low for the government.
 arrow An island story of the world
It is an island story, but not an isolated one.
 arrow Eliminating torture
In a recent meeting organised by the Dhaka based Odhikar human rights organisation, attended by a former chief justice, and both the present and formers ministers of law, there was a serious discussion
Letters to Editorarrow No treatment for snakebite?
Fear of death or near-death experience simply surpasses any other, especially when it comes down to one's own child experiencing the same.
 arrow Soaring prices and BBC interview
Onion is sold at Tk 25-30 per kg now all over Bangladesh. Just before the holy Ramadan, its price was Tk 20-24 .
 arrow Plea for a boat museum
I was thrilled reading an old news item in your newspaper (July 17, 2004) about Frenchman Mr.
 arrow Comic genius
I have been watching animated TV shows and movies since the 1970s. My favourite characters were the adventurous ones, Johnny Quest, Tin Tin, Marine Boy, Speed Racer, and Charlie Brown.
 arrow Fasting made easy?
My daughter thinks his math teacher is a "josh" person. Why? Because he described to them about his way of fasting. Well, "his way of fasting" seems to have allured his students, including my daughter.
 arrow Junk foods and soft drinks
For most people, nothing is more refreshing than a bottle or can of their favourite soft drink.
 arrow Why John Kerry?
I would like to ask the readers of this newspaper why they're so impressed with Sen.
 arrow Repair the road
I hope the government of Bangladesh will soon repair the flood-damaged roads as they have got money from abroad.
 arrow Self complacency: A political malady
The letter "AL's Self Complacency" by Mr. A Hussain on October 15 has drawn my attention. I agree with him that the modern political culture has changed a lot.
 arrow Gas supply
The Bangladesh government signed many contracts with foreign investors in the past but sometimes they fail to keep their promises.
 arrow Flood damage estimate controversy
My attention has been drawn to the recent debate in the country as regards the assessment of the damage caused by the floods this year.
 arrow Worse than refugees?
While reading a newspaper (Daily Yomiuri, Japan) yesterday I came across a picture of an unveiled picture of a young Afghan lady showing her voter ID in her hand with a gleaming smile.
 arrow Flawed argument
This is in reference to the letter from Jamil Ahmed, Houston, Texas. I was not comparing the Christian cross and Jewish skullcaps with hijab.
 arrow A bit unrealistic
I kept my eyes on the online voting of a well-known Bangla daily for the last many years. Most of the voting topics pertain to the existing political problems of Bangladesh.
 arrow Student politics
It is very frustrating to see how our leaders are systematically destroying our future. It's a known fact that the so-called student organisations do nothing for the students.
 arrow Inside New Market
I had the privilege to visit Dhaka New Market after a long time when it became a must for me and I could not have skipped.
Featurearrow Durga Puja: Concept and philosophy
"Hinduism as a religion is both a way of thinking and a way of living. It includes both a theory of the world and a code of life, that is to say, it is a code of life with a philosophical background....
 arrow Worshipping the Divine Mother
Sanatan Dharma is the most ancient and insightful among the Dharmas of the world; it is called Hinduism. Our Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and the Gita have dealt with the philosophy extensively.
 arrow The mystic eight
The eighth chapter of the Saptasati Chandi throws abundance of light on the subject from another angle of vision. Let us begin from the context.
Worldarrow Britain to send troops to Iraqi hotspots
Britain agreed yesterday to meet a US request for British troops to be moved into volatile central Iraq, a proposal that has met strong opposition within the governing Labour Party.
 arrow ME 'roadmap' in a coma
The so-called roadmap for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is currently in a "coma," visiting Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath said here late Wednesday.
 arrow Kerry to hunt for male American votes
US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry switched to macho politics yesterday when he made an atypical hunting trip to rural Ohio in a bid to woo traditionalist male voters, while President George
 arrow Japan cleans up after deadliest typhoon
Japan was searching for survivors yesterday after the country's deadliest typhoon in more than a decade killed at least 66 people as it crushed houses, overturned trains and stranded passengers on flooded
 arrow Iran to hear EU's final nuclear offer
European states are to offer Iran a final chance to provide assurances that its nuclear energy programme is not aimed at acquiring weapons.
 arrow Karzai smells victory in Afghan polls
US-backed interim leader Hamid Karzai was nearing victory in Afghanistan's presidential vote, election officials said, as the number of ballots counted passed the half way mark.
 arrow Yudhoyono urges new cabinet to produce results not rhetoric
Indonesia's newly appointed ministers should produce results rather than rhetoric to allay public doubts about their capability, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said yesterday as his cabinet was sworn-in.
 arrow Kashmiri ex-minister shot dead by rebels
Suspected Muslim rebels yesterday shot dead a former minister in India's insurgency-racked Kashmir, police said.
 arrow Iraqi prisoner dies in US custody
An Iraqi detainee has died in US custody at the Camp Bucca detention centre in southern Iraq, the military said in a statement Wednesday.
 arrow Temporary truce goes into effect in Nepal
Nepalese thronged markets and stores Wednesday as a temporary truce agreed by the government and Maoist rebels to mark a Hindu festival came into effect.
 arrow French Muslim girls expelled over veils
Three more Muslim girls have been expelled from schools in France for defying the new ban on headscarves.
 arrow Kerry camp deploys army of lawyers in Florida
Still reeling from the 2000 election debacle in Florida, Democrats have deployed an army of lawyers in the battleground state that gave George W.
 arrow Unrest flares in Manipur over killing of civilian
Protesters in India's revolt-hit Manipur state staged a 24-hour general strike yesterday over the police killing of a civilian.