Vol. 5 Num 152 Sun. October 24, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Poor health service leads patients to quacks
People are increasingly turning to unqualified practitioners instead of government and private doctors for treatment, marking a drift away from government health services over the last five years, says
 arrow AL to turn heat on Rab, price hike
The upcoming parliament session, scheduled for October 28, is likely to be stormy as the main opposition is poised to raise protest over issues like skyrocketed price of essentials, law and order slide
 arrow Bar postpones CJ's court boycott
As the Supreme Court reopens today after a 50-day annual vacation, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has postponed Chief Justice's court boycott programme until Eid vacation following his assurance
 arrow Compensation that insults the dead
Taka 21 thousand is what Siddiqur Rahman has received as compensation for his son's death from on-the-job injuries.
 arrow Durga Puja ends
The five-day Durga Puja, the biggest festival of Hindus, ended yesterday through celebration of Bijoya Dashami and the immersion of Durga idols across the country.
 arrow Judge paved way for acquittal of killers at HC
Family members of the four national leaders yesterday said the judge gave a flawed judgment in the Jail Killing Case in a plan to benefit the 'killers' in the High Court.
 arrow OMS enters third day, rice price stays high
The poor in the capital and elsewhere in the country continued to bear the brunt of price hike of rice as the government's Open Market Sale (OMS) programme entered its third day yesterday hardly impacting
 arrow Twin blasts kill 20 Iraqi cops
Insurgents in Iraq targeted the country's US-backed security forces in two suicide car bombings yesterday that killed 20 police and national guardsmen, while a roadside bomb in Baghdad injured six USsoldiers.
 arrow Powerful quake jolts Japan
A strong earthquake measuring 6.
 arrow More ammo hauls in Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition including anti-aircraft ammunition from a remote hilly village under Naikhangchhari upazila in Bandarban in the early hours
 arrow Rail links with Dhaka snapped for 7 hours as train derails
Seven wagons of a goods train derailed at Amirganj station in Narsingdi yesterday, disrupting Dhaka--Chittagong and Dhaka--Sylhet rail links for seven hours.
 arrow N borders tense over push-in bids
Situation across the 1,200km long frontier areas under Dinajpur and Panchagarh districts has been tense for one week over incidents of 'push-in' and 'push-back' attempts between India's Border Security
 arrow Beefing up security....

 arrow Buriganga continues to devour Basila
The Buriganga still continues devouring new areas at Basila, despite the government initiative to stop erosion by dredging areas adjacent to the brick kilns and dumping sandbags.
 arrow Rab rescues trader, nabs 2 kidnappers
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued a cattle trader and picked up two abductors from Agargaon in the city.
 arrow Low gas supply cripples LPG production
Production of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) has gone down by 25 per cent due to fall in the supply of natural gas liquid (NGL) from Kailashtila gas
 arrow India wants end to nuclear sanctions
India has urged the West to remove blocks on the transfer of critical nuclear technology, offering an assurance that New Delhi had effective tools to prevent proliferation.
 arrow Cops foil attempt to killing in Khulna
An outlaw of Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddha faction died in a shootout, as police foiled their attempt to kill two ward commissioners and a journalist and bomb different shopping centres
 arrow Tigers kill 2 fishermen in Sundarbans
Two fishermen were killed by two Royal Bengal Tigers in Alor Kole area on Natikata Canal in the Sundarbans Friday.
 arrow BNP, Dal men held on charges of extortion
Police yesterday arrested district BNP leader Manzur Morshed Swapan and Jubo Dal leader Sheikh Shajahan Shova on charges of extortion and giving shelter to underground operatives.
 arrow Student bodies slam move to renaming NU
Different student organisations yesterday strongly protested the National University (NU) Senate's decision to rename the varsity Ziaur Rahman National University.
Businessarrow Tour operators, airlines eye Eid vacationers
With holidaymakers preparing for Eid vacation, tour operators and airlines are rolling out promotional packages.
 arrow Saarc leaders to sign 4 deals in Dhaka summit
The upcoming Saarc summit in Dhaka would focus on key economic issues as the South Asian leaders are expected to sign four agreements to promote trade and business among the seven nations in the regional
 arrow India's central bank to hold rates steady
India's central bank is expected to keep interest rates steady next week despite spiraling inflation, to protect economic growth, but could prepare the way for the first rate rise in four years.
 arrow US threatens to restrict sock imports from China
The Bush administration threatened Friday to restrict imports of hundreds of millions of dollars of socks from China, despite retail group charges that the move was politically motivated.
 arrow Bush replaces US export tax break with fat perks for firms
US President George W. Bush on Friday repealed an internationally disputed export tax subsidy but lavished 140 billion dollars in new tax breaks on US corporations.
 arrow Japan, US agree to resume beef trade
Japan reached a basic agreement with the United States Saturday to resume its imports of American beef, despite a mad cow disease scare, pending scientific studies to determine the age of cows.
 arrow Myanmar co signs oil deal with Sino-Síporean group
State-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) and a China-Singaporean consortium signed a production sharing contract for exploration of oil and gas, official media and sources said yesterday.
 arrow World oil price soars to record, $60 seen for NY crude
World oil prices vaulted to record highs Friday, stirring fears of 60-dollar-a-barrel New York crude, as traders sweated over tight US energy stocks and rampant, China-driven demand.
 arrow 2004 much better year for car sales
Judging from the improved vehicle sales in September, research houses are anticipating total sales this year to substantially exceed last year's 405,100 units.
 arrow C'nawabganj edible oil traders go on strike
Edible oil traders and grocers went on indefinite strike here from yesterday to put an end to "harassment" by BDR while transporting oil.
 arrow American Airlines to lay off 1,100
World number one American Airlines has announced plans to lay off as many as 1,100 pilots, mechanics and other ground staff in coming months, with more cuts in the future as it struggles to pare costs
 arrow Ericsson returns to quarterly profit
Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson reported a return to net profit in the third quarter, lifted by healthy growth in its international markets.
 arrow China's first private airport approved
Authorities have given permission for China's first private airport, near the border with Russia, to begin operating, it was reported Saturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hostile welcome for Tigers in Ctg
There were no smiles on the faces of Ban-gladesh captain Khaled Ma-shud, Mush-fiqur Rahman, Mohammad Ashraful and even coach Dav Whatmore when they turned up at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium for training
 arrow Cricket: Adjustable Astle
The priorities for batsmen touring the sub-continent are embracing the alien conditions and making adjustments accordingly, believes New Zealand star Nathan Astle.
 arrow Cricket: 'Bangladesh needs to develop better home pitchesí
Life has certainly been kind to Danny Morrison.
 arrow Cricket: SL on road to victory
Master opener Sanath Jayasuriya hit an epic double hundred to put Sri Lanka on the winning road on the fourth day of the first Test against Pakistan at Iqbal Stadium here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting full of hope
Fit-again Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Saturday his team had a chance of winning the first Test series in India in more than three decades after gaining an early lead.
 arrow Football: Gunners are friendlier!
Arsene Wenger said his Arsenal side have tightened up their discipline since last season's Old Trafford antics but could not promise Sunday's clash against Manchester United would be trouble free.
 arrow Football: Mutu was not up to it
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Saturday that his Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu, who failed a drugs test for cocaine, led a social life that was not compatible with a career in professional football.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer blames it on too many ODIs
Pakistan's English coach Bob Woolmer Saturday sought to explain away Pakistan's poor performance in the opening Test against Sri Lanka as the home team tottered on the brink of defeat.
 arrow Cricket: Araf taste first defeat
Biman Bangladesh and Aktel maintained their winning run in the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League but defending champions Araf Apparels stumbled to their first defeat in four rounds yesterday.
 arrow Sachin returns for third Test
Star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who missed the first two matches against Australia due to an elbow injury, has been declared fit for the third Test starting at Nagpur on Tuesday.
 arrow Hockey: Mariner, Abahani win big
Abahani made an emphatic start in the Club Cup Hockey when they inflicted a 7-0 defeat on Farashganj Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Narsingdi ride on Mahmud
A second half strike by Mahmud helped Narsingdi register a solitary goal victory against Meherpur in the final round of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal
 arrow Chess: Wins for men and women
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib won his board to enable Bangladesh men's team to beat Austria 2.5-1.5 in the seventh round game of the 36th Chess Olympiad at Calvia in Spain on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB announces A team's England schedule
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday revealed that Bangladesh A team would play five three-day matches and four limited-overs games during their July-August tour of England next year.
 arrow Cricket: Eng tour of Zim ICC may have the final say
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) does not have the power to stop the Zimbabwe tour on safety grounds.
Metropolitanarrow Govt never indulges in state terrorism
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the government never indulged in state terrorism as it believes in multi-party democracy.
 arrow Medicine shop ransacked
Criminals ransacked a medicine shop at Mitford Hospital premises in old part of the city yesterday as the owner refused to pay them Tk 2 lakh in illegal toll.
 arrow Irregularities in JU admission under quotas
Irregularities have been alleged in admitting students at Jahangirnagar University (JU) under various quotas in 2003-04 academic session.
 arrow PM suggests reforms in UN
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has suggested necessary reforms in the United Nations suiting the needs of time.
 arrow President hosts reception for Hindus
President Iajuddin Ahamed and his wife Prof Dr Anwara Begum hosted a reception for the members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Durga Puja at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Robbery at Ctg shop, 4 shot
Four employees of an Aarong Milk dealer's shop were bullet-hit during a robbery at Colonel Hat area under Pahartali Police Station yesterday morning.
 arrow SSKOP demands 6th Wage Board
Leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmochari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday called for formation of the 6th Wage Board, declaration of 60 percent dearness allowance and full implementation of the 5th Wage
 arrow AL hosts Iftar for diplomats
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP yesterday hosted an Iftar for diplomats at Hotel Sonargaon.
 arrow Distribution of JU admission forms begins Nov 8
Distribution and submission of admission forms for first year honours classes under 2004-05 academic session at Jahangirnagar University (JU) will begin on November 8 and continue till November 30.
Nationalarrow Small farmers sidelined
Nilphamari: Small farmers and owners of small holdings are facing problems in getting loan, tea saplings and technical support.
 arrow Influentials grab lands along roads in Satkhira
After two years of demolition of thousands of illegal structures, influential people are again out to grab lands on both sides of the 75-kilometre Satkhira-Munshiganj highway in last one week.
 arrow 15 chargesheeted in Barisal medicine loot case
Police have chargesheeted 15 people in the case for looting Tk 20 lakh medicines from the district health department store.
 arrow Diarrhoea: Seven die in Gaibandha, 2 in B'baria
Diarrhoea claimed seven persons in Gaibandha in three days and two others in Brahmanbaria in a day.
 arrow Effective waste management in Patuakhali
Patuakhali Pourasabha has been implementing a waste management project successfully to keep the town clean since 1999.
 arrow Dhaka-Agartala bus service may resume this month
Dhaka-Agartala bus services may be restored this month after repair of the bailey bridge at Debogram in Akhaura upazila.
 arrow ECNEC approval likely today
A proposal to upgrade the Barisal Government Brojomohon College to a public university has been approved at a pre-ECNEC meeting.
 arrow RU BCL protests decision to rename NU
Bangladesh Chhatra League at a meeting on Rajshahi University campus yesterday protested National University Senate's decision to rename the university as Ziaur Rahman National University and urged it
 arrow Pneumonia claims 12 children in Netrakona
Pneumonia has broken out in an epidemic form in 10 upazilas in the district.
 arrow Fraudulence in weight: Fertiliser godown sealed
A fertiliser godown was sealed following detection of its shortage in weight in each bag.
 arrow Planet World reopens
'Planet World', the only children's park in the city, reopened on Friday after two and half months' closure.
 arrow Patuakhali town protection: Project file awaits clearance
The Planning Commission has sent the file of Patuakhali Town Protection Embankment project to the Environment Ministry for clearance, according to sources in the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB),
 arrow Pilferage of barbed wire on along Kasba border
Pilferage of barbed wire and iron angles of boundary fencing is a regular feature in Kasba upazila.
 arrow People vow to nab drug peddlers
An-anti drug meeting was held yesterday at Guripara in Rajshahi city, where people promised to help police nab drug peddlers and addicts in their area.
Point-Counterpointarrow Turkey, the EU, and an alliance between civilisations
On October 6, 2004, the European Commission, the executive organ of the 25-member EU, made a momentous decision on Turkey's application to join the EU.
 arrow The curse of 'development'
Just one and a half weeks back, I saw a huge green paddy field with luxuriant growth on both sides of the Bogra-Rangpur highway.
 arrow Let it be a day of reckoning
When the UN celebrates its 59th birth anniversary today, the painful question must be haunting the minds of peace-loving people around the globe: What was the purpose that inspired its founding fathers
Culturearrow Lipi's exhilarating installation
If you care for the avant-garde experimental work, you just have to go to Tayeba Begum Lipi's on going installation, 'Even the walls have ears' at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Keeping alive the Tagore legacy on film
Film director Nargis Aktar is all set with a new venture --a feature film Abujh Bou, based on the short story Shamapti by Rabindranath Tagore.
 arrow Bhalo Theko: A film symbolising nature, tradition and love
Bhalo Theko (Forever Yours) was recently screened at a high-profile film-festival in Bangkok.
Internationalarrow US demands action from Syria on Lebanon
A senior US official called yesterday for action from Syria to prove it was changing its attitude regarding Lebanon, Iraq and its alleged support of terrorism, warning of further sanctions if no change
 arrow US tightens security measures on visitors, foreign student pilots
The United States Friday tightened security measures on foreign visitors and non-US citizens taking flying lessons.
 arrow US-backed Iraqi govt losing support: Survey
Support among Iraqis for the US-appointed government in Baghdad has plunged since it was installed this summer, a US survey released on Friday said.
 arrow US rejects world calls to join Russia in ratifying Kyoto pact
The United States, flying in the face of snowballing world opinion, said Friday it would not follow Russia's lead and ratify the Kyoto protocol on global warming.
 arrow N Korea threatens to double N-deterrent
North Korea threatened yesterday to double the size of its nuclear deterrent if the United States did not drop what Pyongyang sees as a confrontational policy aimed at unseating the communist leadership
 arrow Bush, Kerry in campaign frenzy with 10 days to go
The US presidential rivals stepped up the already frenzied pace of their campaign marathon yesterday, just 10 days before the US election.
 arrow US on 'march' to refer Iran to UNSC: Powell
The United States has seen no sign Iran will comply with international demands on its suspect nuclear program and will push next month for the matter to be sent to the UN Security Council unless Tehran
 arrow Body formed to probe Taj tilting
The government of northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has formed a seven-member committee of experts to probe reports that one of the four minarets of the 17th-century monument of love the Taj Mahal
 arrow 'Pak parliament, courts should solve row'
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon emerged from a meeting with Pervez Musharraf Friday saying Pakistan's parliament and judiciary should solve a row over the president's efforts to remain army
 arrow Bush signs $136b bill on corporate tax cut
President Bush showered $136 billion in new tax breaks on businesses, farmers and other groups Friday, quietly signing the most sweeping rewrite of corporate tax law in nearly two decades.
 arrow High turnout in early voting across US
More than a million Americans have already voted in the presidential election across the United States, and turnout for early voting is higher than usual, the Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow Bush admin officials' visits to swing states irk Democrats
Top members of President George W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rice still dear despite OMS
The initiative of the government to commence open market sale (OMS) of rice, which consists of the government releasing rice from its godowns and then selling it through selected dealers at a fair price
 arrow Editorial: Disgruntled food officials
Food officials at the upazila level are planning to go on strike if their demand for promotion to class-1 is not met by the government.
 arrow The choice this Autumn
If the people of the world could vote in the US presidential election, Senator John Kerry would win hands down.
 arrow Light at the end of the tunnel
OF ALL the military dictators I have met in Pakistan, I have found President General Pervez Musharraf the brightest.
Letters to Editorarrow An open letter to the mayor
Being the Mayor of the Dhaka City Corporation, I am sure you maintain the habit of frequently visiting different parts of the city to see for yourself the actual plight of the city and its dwellers.
 arrow Community reading rooms
In response to the call of the Prime Minister to cultivate the library habit amongst the citizens, the Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation may open, as a pilot project, a dozen mini municipal community reading
 arrow Save our political heritage!
We should take immediate steps to preserve as Political Heritage (like the Sunderbans) the choice samples of our current debased political culture, the like of which our future generations might never
 arrow Wake up BGMEA
The rich members of coddled BGMEA care a hoot for the safety and security of millions of female garment workers (DS, Oct 18), as it never publicises the welfare initiatives.
Star Healtharrow Understanding musculo-skeletal disorders
It was about 15 years back when joint pains deterred me from being a free man. I was forced to restrict certain activities because I had to remain bed-ridden for days together.
 arrow Where does HIV live?
The worldwide dissemination of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) over the past four decades is one of the most catastrophic examples of the emergence, transmission and propagation of a microbial genome.
 arrow Smoking during pregnancy linked to facial clefts
Findings from a UK study confirm previous reports linking smoking during pregnancy with an increased risk of cleft lip.
 arrow Health and science bulletin
HIV Surveillance in Bangladesh
Surveillance for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is conducted annually among population groups most vulnerable to HIV infection.

Star Cityarrow Singing farewell to Devi Durga
Thousands immersed the image of Devi Durga in river waters to wrap up their five-day Hindu festival yesterday that began amid wispy autumn clouds in the translucent blue sky and fragrance of Sheuli flowers
 arrow Chawkbazar bustling with Iftar shoppers
Chawkbazar, one of the oldest business hubs in the city, has a bit lost its prominence over the years.
 arrow Travellers lose time to traffic jam at Sonargaon intersection
Waste of time in the blazing sun for pedestrians, drivers or passengers during Ramadan.
 arrow A menace called the Sattala slum
Officials and employees of the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Mohakhali have for long complained that crime and lawlessness is rampant in the area because of the presence of the Sat Tala slum on
 arrow Life lost in manhole
Four-year-old Noorjahan, who fell into an open manhole at Shahidnagar in Lalbagh area of the city on October 13, could not be rescued in the last 11 days.
 arrow DESA on the internet
Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) has launched its official website (www.bd-desa.org) to offer better assistance to its customers.