Vol. 5 Num 156 Thu. October 28, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Govt inertia to fight Monga slammed
A parliamentary body yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the government inaction to initiate permanent measures to eliminate monga, a near-famine situation that occurs in every September-October
 arrow HC asks govt to submit by Nov 3 list of arrestees
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government to submit by November 23 a list of those arrested between September 22 and October 3 under Section 86 of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Ordinance.
 arrow Kerry courts middle class; Bush upbeat
John Kerry appealed to middle class voters in the election homestretch yesterday, saying President Bush had sold them out to help the wealthy and now wants "four more years so that he can keep up thebad
 arrow Sign deal by Oct or lose $15m loan
The government of Spain has threatened to withdraw a soft loan amounting to $15 million, equivalent to around Tk 90 crore, from Bangladesh if Dhaka fails to sign an agreement by this month for using the
 arrow BDR on high alert to thwart any more push-ins
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) have been put on alert to thwart further efforts to push in Indian nationals along the more than 2,250 kilometres of border shared with West Bengal.
 arrow Civil surgeon made OSD as minister's 'diktat' ignored
The civil surgeon of Natore has recently been made OSD (officer on special duty) allegedly for not recruiting employees following a deputy minister's 'diktat'.
 arrow Purchase of 423 Rab vehicles okayed
The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase yesterday approved seven purchase proposals worth Tk 591 crore but deferred a decision on a controversial proposal for expansion of digital telephone exchanges
 arrow Fleming cracks double ton
A wicket with three balls remaining of the day put New Zealand firmly in control of the second Test against Bangladesh at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow JS session starts today
The 14th session of the 8th Jatiya Sangsad begins today, coinciding with the third anniversary of its journey, with participation of the main opposition Awami League (AL).
 arrow AI condemns US over torture
The United States has failed to guard against torture and inhuman behaviour since launching its "war on terror" after September 11, 2001, Amnesty International has said in a report just days before the
 arrow Murder case filed against Rab in Bagerhat
A murder case was filed yesterday against Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) by mother of a victim.
 arrow India to retain act for arbitrary deportation
The Indian cabinet has reversed the previous BJP-led government's decision to scrap the Illegal Migration (Detection by Tribunals) Act of 1983 which was introduced in the northeastern state of Assam to
 arrow Khaleda wants BNP's victory in next polls for uplift
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) needs to return to power again in the next general elections to maintain the continuity of the present development trend.
 arrow Charge-framing against Partha on Nov 29
A Dhaka court has fixed November 29 for hearing on charge-framing against Saibal Saha Partha, who was arrested on suspicion of e-mailing the Prothom Alo with a threat to kill the leader of the opposition.
 arrow Hazari jailed for 7 years
A court here yesterday sentenced former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Joynal Abedin Hazari of Feni to seven years jail for illegally possessing a foreign-made pistol.
 arrow Tk 607cr fertiliser subsidy finalised
The government has finalised a Tk 607 crore expanded subsidy plan to make fertilisers available to farmers at lower prices in the current fiscal year.
 arrow ADB VP due today
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Liqun Jin arrives in Dhaka today on a five-day visit.
 arrow Indian PM favours joint operations with neighbours
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has favoured joint or coordinated operations with neighbouring countries against Indian insurgents.
 arrow Barisal hospital staff call off strike
A three-day strike at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (BSBMCH) to protest recruitment of 126 third and fourth-class employees was called off yesterday, as the health ministry cancelledthe
 arrow Cops charged over Beslan siege
Russia has charged three police officials with criminal negligence over the Beslan school siege in which more than 350 hostages died.
 arrow Parliament in uproar over Musharraf's army role
Pakistan's parliament was in uproar again as opposition parties tried to block a controversial bill that will allow President Pervez Musharraf to remain army chief.
 arrow EU in turmoil over commission team
The incoming head of the European Commission has withdrawn his proposed EU executive team to avoid an unprecedented European Parliament defeat, plunging the 25-nation bloc into turmoil.
 arrow Paramilitary in action....

 arrow US interests 'at risk' in Jordan
Several plots to attack American targets in Jordan have been foiled but US citizens remain under threat, the US State Department has said.
Businessarrow Marubeni offloads GP stakes
Telenor has stepped up its ownership in GrameenPhone after Marubeni Corporation sold its 9.50 percent shares to the incumbent partners on Tuesday.
 arrow Probe body formed to dig into alleged scam by bank
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday formed a three-member committee to dig into alleged irregularities by a commercial bank, Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Ltd.
 arrow Thai Lucky Grand Fair begins
A two-week long Thai fair began yesterday at Gulshan Shooting Club in Dhaka with a view to promoting Thai products in Bangladesh.
 arrow Sept export misses target by 3pc
Export missed its ambitious target by around 3 percent last month.

The export earnings in September were calculated at $651.67 million against the target of $670.70 million.

 arrow Oil price spike history points to recession ahead
A recession could be staring the world's major economies in the face by next summer if history repeats itself and a 30-year rule holds true that output slumps after oil prices spike.
 arrow Korea, Asean move towards free trade pact
In its rush to catch up in free trade agreements, South Korea is nearing a decision on a blockbuster pact with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
 arrow Link3 Tech to offer network solutions to Bank Asia
Bank Asia Ltd has signed an agreement with Link3 Technologies Limited for offering IP VPN (virtual private network through IP) and WAN (wide area network) solutions between its branches in Dhaka.
 arrow EU farm reform needed for friendly world trade: WTO
The World Trade Organisation on Wednesday said that existing reforms to the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy fell short of liberalising farming and called for more cuts in support for EU farmers.
 arrow P&G posts higher quarterly profit
Procter & Gamble Co on Wednesday posted higher quarterly profit, boosted by sales of new products and continued gains in developing markets.
 arrow ABB to set up engineering centre in India
Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB announced Wednesday it will set up a dedicated engineering centre in India's technology hub of Bangalore.
 arrow Pakistan dreams of emulating India's call centre success
After years watching neighbouring India reap rich dividends from the global outsourcing phenomenon, Pakistan is taking tentative steps towards also cashing in with call centres and other low-cost IT services.
 arrow Proton signs partnership deal with Volkswagen
Malaysian national carmaker Proton said Tuesday it had formed an alliance with Germany's Volkswagen AG that could lead to technology sharing and joint development of cars but there were no plans for Europe's
 arrow China urged to raise rates in policy tweaks
China should fine-tune economic cooling policies by easing state-imposed curbs on bank loans and raising interest rates when necessary instead, a top government think-tank and economist were quoted today
 arrow Maruti net profit jumps 48pc in Q2
India's largest carmaker Maruti announced Wednesday second quarter net profit jumped 48 percent, driven by a surge in demand from India's burgeoning middle class buyers and easier credit.
 arrow Unilever Q3 profit falls
Unilever PLC, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, reported that its pretax profit fell two percent in the third quarter after sales of ice cream, soft drinks and household goods were hit by poor European
 arrow Oil holds at $55, braced for winter
Oil prices held firm around $55 a barrel on Wednesday as traders braced for the start of the northern winter with thin heating oil supplies.

US light, sweet crude oil futures fell 14 cents to $55.

Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Tomorrow is vital'
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore was regretting the loss of Rajin Saleh in the last over of Day Two, but was still hopeful that something positive might come out of the second Test despite the fact thatthe
 arrow Cricket: Akram, Abahani part ways
Too much pressure on his ageing shoulders has forced Akram Khan to leave Abahani after 14 years.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
Constable Badiul never minds being posted on duty by the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) at the MA Aziz Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies strangle India after Sachin's failure
Glenn McGrath destroyed In-dia's top order in his 100th Test match here on Wednesday to bring world champions Australia closer to their first series win on Indian soil in 35 years.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan wants to go for the kill
Australia could put extra pressure on India by asking them to follow-on in the third Test if they take the five remaining wickets quickly on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Second Test from today
Pakistan's bid to even the series against Sri Lanka suffered a major blow on the eve of Thursday's second and final Test with pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar declared doubtful because of a shoulder injury.
 arrow Cricket: First Asian on SA team
South Africa have included their first player of Asian origin in their squad for a two-Test series in India next month.
 arrow Football: Owen scores treble!
Real Madrid striker Michael Owen scored his third goal in three games when he helped his side to a 2-1 win over third division neighbours Leganes in the first round of the King's Cup.
 arrow Football: Socrates dons yellow shirt!
Brazilian Socrates is to pull on the famous yellow jersey once more, but this time it will not be for the five-time World Cup winners but for a non-league English team.
 arrow Football: Pizarro boosts Bayern
Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro left his injury woes behind him with a brace of goals for Bayern Munich in a telling 2-0 win over Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg.
 arrow Football: Villa shown exit
Aston Villa lost 3-1 away to second division Burnley in the League Cup third round as the top Premier League clubs made their first appearance in this season's competition.
 arrow Football: Nistelrooy admits being guilty
Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy accepted a Football Association (FA) charge of serious foul play and apologised to Arsenal's Ashley Cole for the reckless challenge which has left the Dutchman
 arrow Football: Wenger a Gunner till 2008
Arsene Wenger has extended his contract at English champions Arsenal for another three years to the end of the 2007-2008 season.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani derail Railway
Indian recruits Prakash Calke and Ronald Kiran shared six goals to help title contenders Abahani Krira Chakra brush aside Bangladesh Railway 7-0 in the Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhashani
 arrow Cricket: Battle for Cup from today
The second GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League resumes today at three venues with all 12 teams competing on the opening day of the second phase.
 arrow Chess: Mixed day for Bangladesh
Bangladesh men's team returned to winning ways after two rounds beating Mongolia 3-1 in the 36th Chess Olympiad at Calvia, Spain, on Tuesday.

After 11 rounds, Bangladesh pushed their tally to 23.

 arrow Kabadi: Bangladesh to take part in Kabadi WC
Bangladesh Kabadi Federation (BKF) general secretary Munir Hossain believes the national kabadi team will not return from the Kabadi World Cup in empty hands.
 arrow Football: Barguna, Rajshahi advance
Barguna and Rajshahi moved into the semifinals of the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament from Group A yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs won't tour India
Opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs has ruled himself out of South Africa's forthcoming tour to India because of continued pressure from Indian police over his role in the 2000 match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen moves to Hampshire
South Africa-born batsman Kevin Pietersen on Tuesday joined Hampshire on a three-year deal.
 arrow Football: Capello dismisses Roma rivalry
Juventus coach Fabio Capello is playing down any personal rivalries with his old players before Thursday's Serie A match at home to former club AS Roma.
 arrow Football: Aldridge eyes Wales job
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has applied to take over the vacant post of Wales manager, according to reports.
 arrow Football: West Brom part with Megson
West Brom manager Gary Megson was relieved of his duties with immediate effect after saying earlier in the day he would leave the struggling Premiership club at the end of the season when his contract
 arrow Football: Crazy hairdos out in Iran
Iranian footballers have been banned from sporting "unconventional" hairstyles and beards on the pitch and offenders will be fined and banned from playing, football officials said.
 arrow Football: Testimonial for Scholl, Elber
Bayern Munich are lining up a testimonial match for Mehmet Scholl at the end of the season with former club favourite Giovane Elber also pencilled in for a double send off.
 arrow Football: Injury ends Mendieta's season
Middlesbrough's Spanish midfielder Gaizka Mendieta has been ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.
Metropolitanarrow Hasina discusses political situation with WB chief
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina had an extensive meeting with World Bank President James D Wolfensohn in New York on Tuesday.
 arrow Women's bodies demand direct election to reserved seats
Thirty women's rights organisations staged a demonstration yesterday demanding direct election to the parliamentary seats reserved for women.
 arrow Tell which country's dictates AL follows
Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday asked Tareq Rahman to tell categorically which country's dictates Awami League follows in politics.
 arrow Monga prevails in N region
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said the country is going to be "a failed and inactive state" because of terrorism and corruption.

"`Monga' has been prevailing in the northern region.

 arrow 'Rab formed to root out AL'
Awami League (AL) presidium member Motia Chowdhury yesterday said that the government formed Rapid Acton Battalion (Rab) to root out AL, by killing its leaders and workers.
 arrow Int'l confce on aquaculture begins in city today
A two-day international conference on Aquaculture production and marketing of shrimp and fin-fish will begin in Dhaka today.
 arrow Archer K Blood memorial meet today
Liberation War Museum will hold a discussion today in memory of former US diplomat Archer K Blood, who made himself a friend of Bangladesh with his efforts to mould the US administration in favour ofthe
 arrow Gen Ikramul new envoy to Saudi Arabia
Major General (Retd) SM Ikramul Haque, former Chief of General Staff of Bangladesh Army, has been appointed Ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia.
 arrow SC stays HC order for one month
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court order for one month regarding the private Jamuna TV.
 arrow Eid Festival from Nov 2
The first six-day South Asian Women Entrepreneur Eid Festival will begin on November 2.
Nationalarrow Shrimps grow with carps
Once a poor tailor at a village market, Dipok is now an affluent shrimp farmer.
 arrow Adolescents now aware of AIDS, STDs
Fourteen year-old school student Nasim, son a conservative mother, knows about healthcare and fatal diseases like AIDS and other STDs.
 arrow Prompt police action saves villagers from clash
Prompt action by police saved the people of nine villages in Ma-chihata union in Brahamanbraia Sadar upazila from clashing again.
 arrow 6 die of diarrhoea in two dists
Diarrhoea claimed six lives in Gaibandha and Patuakhali. Of the dead victims four died in Gaibandha while two others in Patuakhali.
 arrow KCC Mayor's resignation demanded
Awami League (AL) leaders and eight Khulna City Corporation (KCC) ward commissioners loyal to the party on Monday demanded resignation of 'incapable' KCC Mayor Sk Tayebur Rahman.
 arrow Hunger procession by CPB
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) brought out a hunger procession and formed a one kilometre long human chain in Dariyapur on Tuesday demanding adequate steps by the government to tackle the "near
 arrow BCL leader murder:Godagari AL begins 8-day programme
Godagari Thana unit of Awami League (AL) started an eight-day long programme including half-day hartal on November 1 in protest against killing of Chhatra League (BCL) leader Feroz Ali.
 arrow No trace of Habibur Rahman yet
Three youths including two nephews of missing business magnate Md Habibur Rahman were remanded afresh on Monday afternoon.
 arrow 'Help establish child rights'
Speakers at a discussion here on Monday urged all concerned to help establish child rights.
 arrow Sunken launch salvaged
M V Niharika which sank in Bishkhali river near Fuljhuri launch station in Barguna sadar upazila on Monday was salvaged Tuesday evening.
Point-Counterpointarrow Trouble on the streets
The London Observer summed it up neatly: Rickshaw pullers walk out! Rickshaw pullers went off the roads last Saturday as a response to the Dhaka City authorities' seizure of 'unlicensed' rickshaws.
Culturearrow Ranger Manush comes to the big screen
Salauddin Lavlu, once known only as an actor, is now well-known as a director.
 arrow Fareha Zeba reflects our turbulent society in her paintings
Fareha Zeba, a senior art teacher at Scholastica for decades, and an experimental artist, feted by her senior teachers of the Fine Arts Dept., DU, dwells on the development of her style and subject.
 arrow Fazlul Haque Smrity Padak awarded
Fazlul Haque Smrity Parishod has introduced awards in memory of Fazlul Haq, the editor of the first cine-magazine in Bangladesh--Cinema.
 arrow Bette Davis: The camera loved her
Present day viewers may have seen Bette Davis on what was the then TNT channel.
Generalarrow Govt urged not to give immunity to WB
Different political parties and non-governmental organisations yesterday called on the government not to pass any law giving immunity to the World Bank (WB).
 arrow Greater empowerment of local govt bodies suggested
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for greater empowerment of local government bodies to institutionalise democracy and ensure good governance.
 arrow 36 children rescued at Dublar Char
Coastguards launched a special combing operation at Dublar Char and its adjacent coastal belts of Bay of Bengal following rescue of 36 children on Monday night from different seasonal fish drying firms.
 arrow One killed in road accident
A youth was killed in a road accident in front of Madaripur Sadar Police Station, in the town yesterday.
 arrow 1,749 more held
Police arrested 1,749 people including, one listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Shocked relatives mourn deaths in Thailand
A shocked Thailand yesterday began another dark day amid warnings of bloodbath in the wake of mass deaths in the self-styled "Land of Smiles" that prompted countrymen to question Prime Minister Thaksin
 arrow Sharon rejects Gaza referendum
Israeli leader Ariel Sharon rejected calls from within his mutinous cabinet Wednesday for a referendum on leaving Gaza after winning parliament's support to uproot settlements from land claimed by Palestinians.
 arrow India urges Pakistan to use official channels
India called on Pakistan to go through official channels with any fresh proposals on insurgency-hit Kashmir, after Islamabad publicly offered new ideas to break the decades-old dispute.
 arrow British troops in Iraq start heading north
A battle group of British troops began to roll out of southern Iraq Wednesday on a US-requested mission to deadlier areas near Baghdad in a major political gamble for British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
 arrow Russian Upper House ratifies Kyoto Protocol
Russia's Upper House of Parliament ratified the Kyoto Protocol on Wednesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin's signature as the final step to kickstart global efforts to control climate change.
 arrow Mine explosion death toll jumps to 129 in China
The death toll from China's worst coal mine accident in four years rose to 129 on Wednesday, the government said, as rescuers searched for 19 more missing miners.
 arrow 14 Pak tribesmen killed near Afghan border
Fourteen tribal leaders trying to help Pakistani forces organise the surrender of al-Qaeda-linked militants in a remote region near the Afghan border have been killed, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
 arrow Barroso backs down over EU vote
A vote to approve the new European Commission has been delayed after the incoming president withdrew his proposed line-up of commissioners.
 arrow Witness identifies 7 in attack on bakery in Gujarat riots
A key witness in India's controversial "Best Bakery" trial Wednesday identified seven of 21 Hindus accused of the arson deaths of 12 Muslims in 2002 religious riots that shook western Gujarat state.
 arrow BJP to continue temple campaign despite poll debacle
Indian opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani said Wednesday a controversial campaign to build a temple on the ruins of a destroyed mosque would continue despite his party's rout in May elections.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The push-in bids
The attempts by the BSF to push some Indian citizens into Bangladesh led to a heavy exchange of fire between the border guards of the two countries on Tuesday. It is cause for concern.
 arrow Editorial: Terrible deaths in Thai custody
We are shocked and appalled to learn of the death of seventy-eight Muslims in southern Thailand after some 1,300 protesters had been herded into trucks following a violent demonstration.
 arrow Is terrorism the only serious threat to our security?
While the world is engrossed in tackling the menace of terrorism, another destabilising hazard, in the form of global warming, is gradually nibbling at our existence without many of us taking seriousnote
 arrow Five years of Musharraf regime
Musharraf regime completed its first five years a while ago. It looks set to go on ruling, uniform and all.
Letters to Editorarrow "Yes Minister"
Bangladesh civil servants (sorry masters, not servants by any stretch of imagination) have far outstripped Sir Humphrey of "Yes Minister" fame; hence the above heading.
 arrow Appeal to REB
We are the inhabitants of Vill.-Gopalpur, P.O.-Kunjanagar, Union-Ramnagar, PS --Nagarkanda, District-Faridpur. The government has taken the initiative to boost village and agriculture-based development.
 arrow Income of political leaders
Most people are beset with penury living in tin-shed and muddy houses without electricity, gas, pure drinking water and sanitary facilities.
 arrow Leather City
The article by the AGM of BSCIC (DS Oct 12) was rightly critical of the deplorable leather industry in Bangladesh.
 arrow Handicraft industry
Bureaucratic delay is hampering the fast growth of the huge handicraft industry in Bangladesh (employing 3.7 million persons).