Vol. 5 Num 165 Sat. November 06, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow DU probe reports never come to light
Dhaka University (DU) seems to have stuck in a rut of never making a probe report public.
 arrow Arafat 'between life and death'
Yasser Arafat remained in a coma in a Paris hospital yesterday as the Palestinian and Israeli governments made preparations to prevent a descent into anarchy in the event of the veteran leader's death.
 arrow Donors may shy away
Political interference in setting up new power plants, mismanagement and the government's foot-dragging on power sector reforms have made uncertain donors' investment in the sector.
 arrow Strong watch keeps bigots at bay
Strong police surveillance and civil society resistance yesterday kept at bay religious bigots who had threatened to seize an Ahmadiyya mosque in the city's Nakhalpara while Ahmadiyyas in Brahmanbaria
 arrow Bush vows no letup in Iraq, war on terror
Bolstered by a hard-fought election victory, President Bush says the United States will vigorously pursue wars in Iraq and against terror and will not retreat from trying to spread democracy through the
 arrow Aftab shines but Kiwis take series
New Zealand withstood a five-wicket haul by Aftab Ahmed before snatching a tense three-wicket win the second RC Cola one-day international at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow 24-hr transport strike today
Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation will enforce a 24-hour transport strike across the country today protesting the killing of Rangpur transport leader Abul Kalam allegedly by Rab (Rapid Action
 arrow They open their heart to Danish princess
Adolescent girls of Ashura and Surpur villages in Debidwar in Comilla now have a say about their marriage which was quite unthinkablm only a few years back.
 arrow Mugging on rise before Eid
As Eid-ul-Fitr nears, more and more people are getting mugged in particular by gangs of a type who drug their preys to make them unconscious and steal.
 arrow Shopping spree grips...

 arrow '40 lawyers in Ctg doctored certificates'
Chittagong Bar Association's probe bodies have identified that over 40 lawyers practising here had doctored their mark sheets and certificates of LLB examinations under Chittagong University.
 arrow Assassins, this govt have a link: AL
Awami League (AL) presidium member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said the government has established state terrorism in the country by destroying the judiciary.
 arrow 3 American, 3 British soldiers killed in Iraq
A US soldier and two US marines were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb north of Baghdad on Thursday, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Pay toll or die, outlaws tell several people in Khulna
Several persons including physicians, industrialists, and traders in Khulna city and the district have received death threats through land and cell phones from armed cadres of Purbo Banglar CommunistParty
 arrow Cellphone craze...

 arrow Indians kidnap trader from Chuadanga
Police early yesterday rescued a staff of Nasir Tobacco abducted four days ago from a village in Kushtia while an Indian gang kidnapped a garment trader from a bordering village in Chuadanga on Thursday
 arrow Extortionist injured in mob beating dies
An extortionist injured in mob beating at Mirpur on Wednesday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday morning.
He was identified as Faisal alias Boltu, 22.

 arrow Outlaw lynched in Khulna
An armed cadre of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) was lynched by a mob in the city yesterday.
 arrow Explosives Recovered in Tangail destroyed
The grenades, mortar shells, mines and other explosives recovered in Magontinagar village in Modhupur Thursday were destroyed yesterday.
 arrow PM leaves for Saudi Arabia tomorrow to perform umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Saudi Arabia tomorrow to perform umrah and offer fateha at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM).
 arrow FM hands over PM's letter to Bhutanese PM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday handed over a letter of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba inviting him to the forthcoming Saarc (South Asian Association
 arrow CID may quiz 'Kala' Mahbub today in Ctg
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) might resume quizzing Kala Mahabub, a close aide to the prime accused in Jamal Uddin abduction, today as his condition was improving at Chittagong Medical College
 arrow Filipino woman mugged in city
A Filipino woman was mugged in city's Demra area yesterday.
Her name could not be known immediately. Demra police said she is married to a Bangladeshi national and resides at Konapara.

Businessarrow Nat'l committee on exports sits idle
The national committee on exports is sitting idle as it has failed to hold any meeting in the last one and a half years, although Bangladesh is to face stiff competition in the global market with thephasing
 arrow People busy buying SIM cards
Thousands of people were buying GrameenPhone (GP) connections at the lowest-ever price at the mobile phone fair in Dhaka yesterday as the leading cellphone operator's price war gathers momentum.
 arrow Aktel eyes three million subscribers by 2005
Telecom Malaysia International (Bangladesh) Ltd (TMIB), the service provider of Aktel mobile phone, yesterday announced an ambitious target of reaching three million subscribers' base by 2005.
 arrow Twist in US-Asia shrimp war with soybean boycott threat
American soybean growers have warned the US government against imposing anti-dumping duties on shrimp imports from Asia, citing a threat from the region to retaliate by boycotting soybean imports.
 arrow India's inflation resumes upward march
India's inflation jumped by more than a quarter of a percentage point after falling over the past month from a three-and-a-half year peak, government figures showed Friday.
 arrow Craft fair begins at Dhanmondi
A fair of home-made products such as apparels and leather goods, organised by Bangladesh Homeworkers Women Association (BHWA), began in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Seven new commissioners in Income Tax
Promotions of seven commissioners (current charge) in Income Tax Department were approved on Thursday.
 arrow Oil falls further in Asian trade on improved US crude inventories
Oil prices continued to fall in Asian trade Friday as higher US crude inventories cooled the market, dealers said.
 arrow Bush vows to halve deficit, reform tax
US President George W Bush vowed Thursday to halve the budget gap, rewrite tax law and reform health and pension systems, menaced by a wave of baby-boomer retirees.
 arrow India's iron ore export to China may stay steady
India's iron ore exports to China are likely to stay steady at up to 44 million tonnes this year, despite a drop in orders due to Beijing's efforts to cool the steel sector, an industry official saidWednesday.
 arrow US to examine free trade deal with Australia next week
US officials will examine details of the free trade deal with Australia next week in a bid to finalise the agreement so it can start as planned on Jan 1, US Ambassador to Australia Tom Schieffer saidThursday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
October 30-November 04, 2004
Local FX Market
US dollar was strong against Bangladeshi taka earlier this week on back of higher import demand.

Sportsarrow Cricket: India's Mumbai miracle
India salvaged their bruised pride by winning the fourth and final cricket Test against world champions Australia by 13 runs in a heart-stopping finish here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Five-star Aftab
Aftab Ahmed had an early birthday present yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Sta-dium but never in his wildest dream did he imagine that it would come for his bowling.
 arrow Hockey: Dramatic win for Abahani
Abahani survived a late bout of nerves to beat Usha Krira Chakra 5-2 in the tiebreaker to earn a place in the final of the Club Cup Hockey Tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting criticises pitch
Australian cap-tain Ricky Pon-ting hit out at the crumbling wi-cket prepared for the final Test against India after the tourists lost in less than three days here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
The dismal form of the Bangladeshi batsmen seemed to have infected the caterers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium during the second ODI yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kapali comes in Bashar out of action again
Wicket-keeper Khaled Mashud will lead Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international against New Zealand tomorrow after captain Habibul Bashar was forced to pull out of that game because of an
 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Henman tumble
Top seed Andy Roddick and holder Tim Henman, their minds perhaps on next week's Masters Cup, bowed out of the Paris Masters in the third round on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Derby time in Manchester
The last time Manchester City won a league derby at Old Trafford, a Denis Law backheel settled the contest and condemned Manchester United to relegation to the old second division.
 arrow Football: Barca's goal unchanged
Spanish league leaders Barcelona try to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games in the Nou Camp against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday following success in midweek Champions League action.
 arrow Juve the team to beat
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has first-hand knowledge of Juventus having won five Serie A titles during his two spells in charge in Turin, and he believes the championship is theirs to lose this season.
 arrow Football: Work hard wonderboy!
Manchester United's Portuguese teen striker Cristiano Ronaldo has the skills to become the world's best football player but will have to work hard if he wants to earn this title, Real Madrid star Luis
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd inspects Bogra Stadium
Legendary West Indian cricketer and ICC inspector Clive Lloyd visited Shaheed Chandu Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Three share the lead
Saifuddin Lavlu, Debaraj Chatterjee and Shafiq Ahmed were sharing the lead with 6.
 arrow Chess: Nasir loses
FIDE Master Sheikh Nasir Ahmed went down against International Master Alexander Veingold of Estonia in the fourth round game of the Calvia Open Chess Festival in Spain on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Butcher back to Caribbean
Former Middlesex and England batsman Roland Butcher has accepted a two-year post at the University of West Indies (UWI).
 arrow Cricket: Hopkins to join NZ squad in Australia
Gareth Hopkins, the wicketkeeper from Otago, has been picked to play in New Zealand's opening game of their Australian tour.
 arrow Football: Chelsea slam 'weak' FA
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon accused the Football Association (FA) of being "weak on drugs" after the club's former striker Adrian Mutu was banned for seven months for failing a dope test.
Metropolitanarrow Pay salary, festival allowance before Eid
Non-government primary teachers yesterday called upon the government to pay their salary of September and October and festival allowance before the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Arefin, Gazi new FBUTA president, secy gen
The Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Association (FBUTA) formed a new executive committee for 2004-05 yesterday with Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique and Prof Gazi Salehuddin as its president
 arrow Encroachment of Buriganga protested
Angikar Bangladesh, a non-government organisation, staged a demonstration on Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge at Postogola in the city protesting encroachment of river Buriganga by a lawmaker.
 arrow 'Jamaat against application of force on any community'
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said his party does not support the application of force on any religious community and the government would take action against those who would do
Nationalarrow Date juice earns forex
Date juice from a remote village in Magura is now earning foreign exchange for the country.
 arrow Poor awareness about AIDS
A day-long orientation course on HIV/AIDS for journalists was held at Gaibandha Public Library hall on Thursday.
 arrow A small effort changes life
Sharmin Hoq is very happy. Hard days of her family are gone.
She earned about Tk 15,00 in last five days by making garments at home.

 arrow Cancel 'tampered' LLB results: CUTA
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) on Wednesday demanded immediate cancellation of tampered results of examinees who appeared in the LLB examinations from 1983 to 1994.
 arrow RU violence: Action against students likely
Apart from taking legal action, the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities are likely to take academic action against some students responsible for the October 30 violence.
 arrow Smuggled electronic goods flood markets in N dists
On the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, Chinese electronic goods along with Indian ones are being smuggled into the country through different border points in Nilphamari, depriving the government of huge amounts of
 arrow Ferry service on Padma faces disruption
Ferry service in Paturia-Daulatdia and Paturia-Nagarbari routes in the Padma may be disrupted any time as dredging of the channels is stopped since Tuesday morning for want of fuel.
 arrow 7 grenades, explosives recovered from Madhupur
NETRAKONA: Madhupur Thana police on Thursday recovered seven grenades and a large quantity of explosives at Magoti village in Madhupur forest area in Tangail district.
 arrow 50 injured in clash in B'baria
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between villagers over realisation of a loan of Tk 300 from a person.
Culturearrow Attar: The fading fragrance
It is the essence of a bygone era that arises from the narrow lanes and narrower by-lanes.
 arrow Afsar Ahmed: A trend setter in theatre
Theatre personalities all over the world are introducing a variety of experimental theatre forms.
 arrow Eid fiesta on Channel i
Channel i's six-day long celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr feature drama Ektara Dotara. Written and directed by Rezanur Rahman, the drama will be telecast at 9:35pm on the day before Eid.
 arrow Bono, McCartney join Band Aid 20 lineup
Paul McCartney, U2 frontman Bono, Robbie Williams and Dido are among the performers lined up for the new recording of the all-star 'Band Aid' charity single Do They Know It's Christmas.
Generalarrow Diarrhoea claims 12 in Gaibandha, Sirajganj
Diarrhoea has claimed the lives of 12 people and affected several hundred others in the last two days in the northern districts of Gaibandha and Sirajganj, both severely hit by the recent floods.
 arrow Barisal launch strike postponed
A launch strike on 28 routes from Barisal, which was scheduled to begin yesterday, has been postponed.
 arrow 11-Party road march tomorrow
The 11-Party will organise a road march from Bahadur Shah Park to Chawkbazar in the city tomorrow to protest the price hike of essentials and demand food for monga-affected people in northern region.
Internationalarrow Palestinians worry about post-Arafat future
Palestinians waited anxiously for updates yesterday on the condition of their comatose long-time leader Yasser Arafat, expressing concerns about who will take over should he die.
 arrow Abbas, Qorei set to take over leadership
Former Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas and his successor Ahmed Qorei are likely to slide calmly into place at the helm of an interim Palestinian leadership in the event of Yasser Arafat's death,
 arrow End of Arafat era may boost US role in ME
The end of Yasser Arafat's reign as Palestinian leader could nudge US officials back into a greater role in the Middle East peace process they accused him of poisoning, analysts said Thursday.
 arrow Israel to block Arafat burial in Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has reaffirmed that he would block moves to bury Yasser Arafat in Jerusalem, public radio reported Thursday as medical sources said the Palestinian leader was clinically
 arrow EU voices solidarity with Palestinians
The European Union's Dutch presidency expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people Thursday as their veteran leader Yasser Arafat was pronounced "brain dead" in a French hospital.
 arrow Palestinians pray for Arafat
Some 100,000 Palestinians yesterday prayed at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex for their stricken leader Yasser Arafat, marking the fourth Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
 arrow Lankan peace talks back to square one
Finally, after more than two and a half years of the Norway-sponsored peace parleys, more and more Sri Lankans are ready to believe that the ethnic conflict can resume again.
 arrow Indian PM offers to settle all disputes with Pakistan
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered yesterday to resolve all outstanding disputes with Pakistan, including Kashmir, as long as Islamabad keeps its pledge to crack down on cross-border militant
 arrow Europe should bolster powers in face of strong US: Chirac
French President Jacques Chirac said yesterday that Europe should bolster its united power on the world stage, in the face of a strong United States reinforced by the re-election of President George W.
 arrow Bush's 2nd-term agenda would add big costs
With federal deficits already running amok, it is unclear how President Bush will pay for his second-term agenda, a potentially multitrillion-dollar smorgasbord that includes overhauling Social Security
 arrow Putin signs bill to ratify Kyoto Protocol
President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill confirming Russia's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the Kremlin said yesterday, clearing the way for the global climate pact to come into force early next
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pak PM's visit proves useful
Pakistan Prime Minister and current SAARC chairman Shaukat Aziz's brief but eventful visit to Bangladesh ended Thursday on a friendly, optimistic and forward-looking note.
 arrow Editorial: Homebound before Eid
Eid is not too far away. Naturally hundreds of people who look forward to this long festive holiday will be leaving the capital for their hometowns and villages in droves soon.
 arrow Musharraf's formula to resolve the Kashmir issue
A new formulation to resolve the Kashmir issue has been introduced by President Musharraf.
 arrow Tell the truth and shame the devil
For the fourth consecutive year, Bangladesh was ranked the most corrupt country among 146 nations by Transparency International (TI ). The Berlin-based TI's report was released in London on October 20.
Letters to Editorarrow Our political mystique
Is politics still a science, judging by the way it is being de-cultured, malnourished, abused and malpracticed by the powerful and the duffers? As a voter in an LDC practising democratic elections, Iam
 arrow Oil, the real terror!
The US presidential election seems to be decided on the terrorism issue ravaging the minds of the Americans since the 9/11 strike against the rich Western domination due to imperialism, colonialism, and
 arrow RAB and the law and order
The incidences of terrorism, extortion and hijacking etc have been drastically reduced in the country specially in the Dhaka and Chittagong cities.
Literaturearrow The Rush Hour
A jungle swarming with people. Strangers all, whom only chance had thrown together.
 arrow On 420s, 16th Divisioners and crooked oak branches...
Paradise and Other Stories, Khushwant Singh, Penguin Books India, 2004, New Delhi, pp+239 pp.
A Face In The Dark and Other Hauntings, Ruskin Bond, Penguin Books India, 2004, x+197 pp.

 arrow The Artists' Village
We spilled into the artists' village
Adjusting our hats, sunglasses -- the artists were finishing lunch
their paint brushes sleeping in turpentine.