Vol. 5 Num 167 Mon. November 08, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Eid passengers at mercy of brokers
Thousands of people eager to join their near and dear ones away from the capital at Eid are now at the mercy of black marketeers who are allegedly holding a large chunk of tickets of inter-district launches,
 arrow BB sees poor FDI show
Bangladesh Bank (BB) surveys buck the rising trend the Board of Investment (BoI) claims in the flow of foreign direct investment (FDI).
 arrow Iraq declares emergency
Iraq's interim government declared martial law yesterday after insurgents killed 23 Iraqi policemen and set off blasts in Baghdad in a fresh show of force before a planned US offensive on Falluja andRamadi.
 arrow Revolution, Solidarity Day observed
The National Revolution and Solidarity Day was observed yesterday in a befitting manner.
 arrow JIC to quizz Al Hiqma 'chief'
Self-styled Commander of Shahadat-e-Al Hiqma Sayed Kawsar Hussain Siddiki Raja yesterday asked the government for forgiveness for what he said were his anti-state and provocative remarks and acts.
 arrow Arafat has liver failure
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has liver failure and his condition is not improving at the French military hospital where he is being treated, a Palestinian official said yesterday.
 arrow No headway into F28 crash probe
The probe committees have failed to make any headway even a month into the crash of an F28 aircraft of Biman in Sylhet.
 arrow US Dy Asstt Secy of State arrives today
Torkel L Patterson, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, is set to fly in today on a five-day trip, apparently to follow up on concerns he expressed during his Dhaka visit in September.
 arrow Tk 35cr Zia mausoleum opens in city
President Ziaur Rahman Mausoleum Complex built at a cost of Tk 35 crore in Zia Udyan at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital was opened yesterday.
 arrow Ensuring security...

 arrow AL, allies to stoke up anti-govt movement from December
The main opposition Awami League and its allies at a meeting last night decided to further intensify their anti-government movement from December.
 arrow Rab nab Tokai Mizan's aide
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night arrested an infamous gang-leader and associate of Tokai Mizan with a revolver and five rounds of bullet in the city's Palashi area.
 arrow More illegals to leave Malaysia next week
More illegal immigrants are expected to take up the amnesty offer from next week after receiving their salaries, Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Tan Chai Ho said.
 arrow Kashmiris cautiously welcome India offer
Kashmiri separatists gave a cautious welcome yesterday to India's offer to allow them to visit Pakistan and said it could help to restart a stalled dialogue process.
 arrow Harkatul Jihad again threatens to kill Hasina
Outlawed Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad has again threatened to assassinate Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and two local leaders of its Kotalipara chapter.
 arrow BSF close to pushing in 250 Indians
The Border Security Force (BSF) has detained some 250 Bangla-speaking Indian Muslims in the villages along the northwestern frontiers to push them into Bangladesh at an opportune moment.
 arrow 2 abducted freed on ransom
Two persons have bought their freedom for hefty sums after several days of their abduction in Kushtia and Chuadanga on Saturday night.
 arrow Concern founder passes away
Raymond F Kennedy passed away peacefully on November 3 at Princess Royal Hospital, Sussex, UK, after a short spell of illness. His wife Dr Yasmin Khan, son Raymond and daughter Miriam were by his side.
 arrow Jalil files two GDs
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil has filed two GDs with Tejgaon and Ramna Police Stations in the wake of e-mails recently sent to different dailies threatening to kill AL chief Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow N'ganj fire guts 60 shanties
A fire Saturday burned down 60 shanties in a slum, a furniture shop and bamboos in Banshpatti in Mandolpara, leaving some 200 people homeless.
 arrow Bangladeshi businessman abducted in W Bengal
A Bangladeshi businessman named Nazrul Islam was abducted in the Indian border town of Malda in West Bengal on Thursday.
 arrow 93 boys rescued from Dublar Char
Coast Guard yesterday rescued 93 boys engaged in forced labour by fishermen at remote Dublar Char.
 arrow Tiger kills fisherman in Sundarbans
A fisherman was killed by a Royal Bengal Tiger in Natikhali canal in the Sundarbans yesterday.
Businessarrow Law ensuring consumer rights yet to be enacted
The government has failed to enact Consumer Rights Protection Act in the last one decade despite frequent public and media outcry over violation of consumer rights.
 arrow Membership to Atab made mandatory for travel agents
The government has made it mandatory for all travel agents to become members of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab) to bring discipline and prevent agencies from practising 'unethical' businesses.
 arrow GP nets 60,000 new subscribers in 4-day mobile fair
GrameenPhone (GP) has sold 60,000 new connections during the past four-day mobile fair which concluded on Saturday.
 arrow Deficits may stumble Bush economic plans: Analysts
With the outlook fuzzy and the US economy saddled by big deficits, President George W. Bush will face a tough road implementing his ambitious economic agenda in a second term, analysts say.
 arrow Filipino youths showing entrepreneurship
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 arrow Eurozone data to show economy slowing in Q3
Eurozone indicators to be released in the coming week should confirm that the pace of economic growth slowed in the third quarter, economists say.
 arrow China's crude oil output to hit 200m tonnes in 2015
China's crude oil output will peak at 200 million tonnes annually in a decade, but even that will be far from enough to cover the country's voracious energy needs, state media said Sunday.
 arrow Name of tax evaders to be made public in KL
Malaysia will publish the names of tax dodgers in newspapers beginning January 1 next year, a report in the New Sunday Times newspaper said.
 arrow China to cut deficit, curb govt investment in 2005
The Chinese government will try to cut its huge deficit next year and curb investment financed from public coffers, state media said Sunday, quoting Vice Finance Minister Lou Jiwei.
 arrow Outsourcing to dominate UK businesses meet
Britain's business leaders gather for their annual conference in the country's second city Birmingham this week, with the thorny issues of European bureaucracy and jobs outsourcing set to dominate debate.
 arrow India hails EU's proposal for partnership
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday welcomed the European Union's proposal for a strategic partnership with India, as he left for a summit with EU leaders in The Hague.
 arrow South Korea plans huge spending to revive economy
The South Korean government is preparing a huge "New Deal" spending package in the next few years to revive the country's sagging economy, Yonhap news agency said Sunday.
 arrow Asian currencies strong against dollar after Bush re election
Asian currencies were mostly up against the dollar during the week as markets returned to focus on the US trade and budget deficits after the re-election of George W. Bush.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Black Caps' 3-0 cruise
Bangladesh ma-de their highest score of the series, played out the full 50 overs which was a preliminary target and yet the effort was simply not enough to prevent an 83 run thrashing at the hand of New
 arrow Cricket: Clarke keen to play at home
Australia will be fresh and ready to take on New Zealand in a two-Test series even though they have only just returned from a successful Indian tour, new cricketing hero Michael Clarke said on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
The Tigers had a strange experience an hour before the third and final one-day international starting at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A Flemo revelation
New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming claims he was offered 200,000 pound (370,200 US dollars) during the 1999 World Cup to join a match-fixing syndicate which hinted at links to prominent sportsmen.
 arrow Cricket: WI name probables for Aussie tri-series
West Indies have named a provisional squad of 25 for a triangular one-day series in Australia in January.
 arrow Tennis: Safin, Stepanek to face off
Russian sixth seed Marat Safin overcame an injury scare to beat Argentina's 13th seed Guillermo Canas 6-2, 7-6 on Saturday to move just one match away from winning his third Paris Masters title.
 arrow Football: Barca remain unbeaten
Spanish leaders Barcelona beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 to extend their unbeaten streak in the league to 10 games on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Robben takes Chelsea to top
Chelsea went two points clear at the top of the Premier League after they beat Everton 1-0 and struggling champions Arsenal were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by promoted Crystal Palace Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bayern roar back
Bayern Munich put their painful midweek European defeat to Juventus behind them with a 3-0 triumph over Hannover at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, a result that lifts them to second in the table.
 arrow Football: Juve run ends
Juventus suffered their first defeat of the season after losing 2-1 at Reggina on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Real after Robinho
Real Madrid are targeting Brazil striker Robson de Souza Robinho as their next high profile catch, local media reported here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique passes Mahmud
Mohammad Rafique overtook Khaled Mahmud as the leading wicket-taker in one-day internationals for Bangladesh when the ace left-arm spinner finished with his career best 4-63 against New Zealand yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: MSC third by default
Mohammedan Sporting Club were handed third place in the Club Cup Hockey Tournament after yesterday's third-place play-off was cancelled due to Usha Krira Chakra's refusal to play.
 arrow Cricket: Lee eyes return
Discarded fast bowler Brett Lee will waste no time this week in pushing for a return to the Australian team for the opening Test against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: England keep HK Sixes title
Darren Maddy hit a blistering 34 as England beat Sri Lanka in the final of the Hong Kong Sixes Cup to retain the event they won in 2003.
 arrow Cricket: Surrey close to signing Harbhajan
Surrey are waiting for approval from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before announcing Harbhajan Singh as an overseas signing for 2005.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo meets Zvonareva in final
Top seed and defending champion Amelie Mauresmo reached the final of the 585,000-dollar WTA indoor tournament here Saturday without lifting a racquet when Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova withdrew.
 arrow Football: Mutu offered coaching job
Adrian Mutu, banned this week for seven months for testing positive for cocaine, has been offered a job as Romania's assistant coach.
 arrow Australian legend passes away
The Australian football fraternity was on Sunday looking for ways to honour the memory of former Australian captain and respected commentator Johnny Warren, who died over the weekend aged 61.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann to blame for Kahn gaffe!
German national coach Jurgen Klinsmann is to blame for goalkeeper Oliver Kahn's late error in Bayern Munich's 1-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus on Wednesday, according to Munich vice-president Karl-Heinz
Nationalarrow RAKUB's special loan for poor
The Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) has launched a loan programme for day labourers and landless people in five northern districts affected by monga every year.
 arrow Marooned in dry season
Over 35,000 people in 15 villages in Kalaroa upazila are still marooned as the floodwater from Kabodak river remained stagnant there.
 arrow Meet demands or face tougher agitation
Six left leaning student bodies at Rajshahi University yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally in Rajshah city demanding removal of Vice- chancellor Prof Faisul Islam Faruki and Proctor Prof
 arrow Sharp slide in Kushtia law and order
Law and order situation has deteriorated in Chuadanga, an outlaw infected district in southwestern region.
Killings in the district last month crossed all previous records, which worried law enforcers.

 arrow Workshop for newsmen on AIDS prevention
A workshop for journalists on HIV/AIDS prevention, organised by Marie Stopes, Bangladesh, was held at Brahmanbaria Press Club recently.
 arrow Tributes paid to Garpara UP chairman
Thousands of people in Garpara union on Friday paid rich tributes to Garpara Union Parishad (UP) Chaiman late Nasirul Haque Khan Patal who died recently.
 arrow Order to attach property of 18 accused outlaws
A court in Rajbari has ordered attachment of properties of 18 alleged outlaws accused in the Pangsha thana OC murder case.
The court order came after submission of charge sheet on Tuesday.

Point-Counterpointarrow Ah, Bush again!
Ah, Bush again' -- appeared to be the sudden reaction of a Gaulist MP of France when he told a Television (BBC) interviewer that he thought 'Bush was a temporary disease...
 arrow Heart disease linked to traffic jam
All health information to keep you up to date
Scientists in Germany have found another risk factor for heart attack. Heart disease is now a deadly problem the whole world is facing today.

Culturearrow Sweet delights
For Bangalees no moments of merriment are complete without sweets. Treating sweets on occasion of getting good news has become a part of the lifestyle of people in this region.
 arrow Hakim debuts as mega serial director
What is an actor's ultimate goal? Obviously putting in his or her best foot forward to create a space in people's hearts.
 arrow Telefilm Dui Prantey on ntv
It's the auspicious occasion of Eid and ntv brings a star-studded telefilm Dui Prantey to its viewers on the 3rd day of Eid at 2:30pm.
 arrow Fashion from the hearts
A touch of sartorial elegance was in evidence at the 'Citycell Young Designer Exhibition 2004', held at the WVA gallery recently.
 arrow Balok Balika on Channel i
The famous duo--popular writer Anisul Haque and director Mustafa Sarwar Faruqui--are set to launch another comedy for Eid.
The drama will be telecast on the second day of Eid at 7:50pm.

 arrow Oscar battle for animation giants
DreamWorks and Walt Disney have three films each in the running for best animated feature Oscar.
Generalarrow Zia's emergence in politics was inevitable
President Iajuddin Ahmed said soldiers and patriotic people from all walks of life in a united uprising vested late Ziaur Rahman with the onerous responsibility of running the country by protecting its
 arrow 'Observance of Nov 7 sans Col Taher is a farce'
Observance of November 7 as a day of civil-military revolution glorifying Ziaur Rahman as a national hero is a distortion of history, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Judicial probe into RU violence demanded

Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded immediate removal of the vice- chancellor and proctor of Rajshahi University (RU).
They also called for withdrawal of false cases against 54 general students.

 arrow Sweater factory gutted, property worth Tk 5 cr damaged
A sweater factory was gutted by fire yesterday at Tejgoan Commercial Area and damaged machines and properties worth around Tk five crore.
 arrow Decision to stop subsidies to public varsities protested
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) and Progressive Teachers' Forum (PTF) yesterday protested the government decision to stop subsidies to public universities.
 arrow Muggers stab constable in city
Two persons, including a police constable, were stabbed in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
Muggers stabbed Md Faruque, a constable of riot police (South), early hours of yesterday at Agargoan.

 arrow Fire at Ctg port shed
A fire broke out following an electric short circuit in a shed of Chittagong port yesterday and caused a bit of damage of imported goods, including clothes and plastic items, port and fire brigade sources
 arrow FM leaves for Lanka Nov 10
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves for Colombo on November 10 to hand over Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's letter inviting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga to attend the coming Saarc Summit
 arrow Rab nabs listed criminal in city
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a listed criminal along with a revolver and four bullets from Plassey crossing in Lalbag area of the city yesterday.
The arrested was identified as Jabbar,32.

 arrow Garment worker killed in road accident
One garment worker was killed in a road accident at Airport Road in the city yesterday.
A vehicle ran over Mohammad Kajol, an employee of a factory at Export Import Zone (EPZ) at Savar, at 12.

 arrow FIR named accused arrested
Police yesterday arrested one of the five FIR named accused in a housewife murder case.
Khulshi thana police arrested Khaza Moinuddin alias Titu from PO Shaheber Colony at Nasirabad in the earlyhours.

 arrow HEJFB committee formed
A 15-member executive committee of Health and Environment Journalist Forum, Bangladesh has been formed on Friday in the city.
 arrow Smuggled Indian goods worth Tk 26 lakh seized
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized huge quantities of smuggled Indian goods worth over Tk 26 lakh during the past 48 hours from bordering areas of Dinajpur, Joypurhat and Naogaon.
 arrow Biswas visits ailing Rajib
Former President Abdur Rahman Biswas visited ailing film actor Wasimul Bari Rajib at Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital on Saturday night.
Internationalarrow EU-Iran strike nuke deal
The European Union's three big powers and Iran have reached a preliminary deal over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme which could be finalised in the next few days, a senior Iranian security official
 arrow Palestinian leaders for restoring law & order
Palestinian leaders decided in the absence of Yasser Arafat yesterday to carry out a plan to restore law and order in the West Bank and Gaza, a government minister said.
 arrow High-speed train hits car in UK: 6 killed
Six people have died and 11 are seriously injured after a high-speed train hit a car on a level crossing on Saturday evening in United Kingdom.
 arrow Insurgents gear up for Fallujah street battles
As thousands of US and Iraqi forces prepare for an imminent assault on Fallujah, rebels holed up inside geared up for what may be the fight of their life.
 arrow France warned of long war in Ivory Coast
The Speaker of the Ivorian parliament Mamadou Coulibaly issued a stark warning to France yesterday that it faces a "long war" in Ivory coast after its intervention against government forces, and thatFrench
 arrow Manmohan hails EU proposal for strategic partnership
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday welcomed the European Union's proposal for strategic partnership with India to be finalised at the summit in The Hague today.
 arrow India test-fires nuke-capable missile
India yesterday tested a short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead off its eastern coast, defence sources said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Outlaws 'out of law'?
We are at a loss to understand how a self-styled leader of an outlawed organisation having been on bail in three cases including sedition could go about his business under the nose of the law with cheerful
 arrow Editorial: Investment in power sector
That donors may be shying away from investing in our power sector is definitely not good news, especially in view of the current energy scenario, both internal and external.
 arrow Eid-thoughts of the year
Last year on the occasion of Eid this column was dedicated to those 'for whom the bell tolled' in monga-hit northern districts where near-famine conditions were prevailing.
 arrow The White Revolution
The relevant question about Michael Moore's Stupid White Men, who took their revenge upon liberal hectoring and New York Times bestseller lists by electing George Bush, is not whether they arewhite,
 arrow Quest for good governance
Striving for democracy by increasing number of countries during the last three decades has resulted in impressive progress in the attainment of the system of governance, rule of law and human rights.
Letters to Editorarrow Flyovers and traffic jam
I'm writing in response to your headline coverage of the Mohakhali Flyover opening (Friday, November 5, 2004)
That even the prime minister expressed apprehension that the Mohakhali Flyover may cause

 arrow "Ohio has failed the world"
It is very unhealthy to promote articles like "Ohio has failed the world" by Zaied Ali.
 arrow Newspapers and paper boats
I learned how to make a paper boat when I was four years old. The paper boat has many complex folds and it takes a lot of skill to make a paper boat.
 arrow Pakistan PM's visit
You note that the Pakistan PM's visit to our country was useful and upbeat. They want to do more trade with us as well. As a Bangladeshi who lost many relatives in 1971, I condemn this position.
 arrow Friends or enemies?
Even six months ago I was thinking that President Bush would not be re-elected in 2004 elections, because of his foreign policies and Iraq issue. But I was wrong.
 arrow AL's election strategy
On November 5 in Rajshahi AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil warned that the AL would not get any seat in Rajshahi, if internal chaos was not contained and internal foul play not stopped.
 arrow The truth and its depiction
The US election result has surprised the whole world as well as US citizens. The election has divided the country into two camps i.e. the conservative Americans and the secular Americans.
 arrow Public holidays
Public holidays should be celebrated by the entire population of a nation for the existence of that nation.
 arrow Cricket at its worst
The development of Bangladesh Cricket is now in question. The International Cricket Council is worried about improvement of Bangladesh cricket.
 arrow Fundamentalism wins in the US
The US Presidential election result was for most of the world disappointing, to say the least. A world leader with such arrogance can only spell disaster for a world looking for unity.
Star Cityarrow 687 buildings vulnerable to collapse
Urban planners have classified at least 687 buildings mostly in Old Dhaka as vulnerable to collapse, with 165 of them as creakiest from age and decay.
 arrow Imported clothes flood markets ahead of Eid
Local clothes especially fancy attire for men and women are outclassed by imported clothes that have invaded the bustling markets in the city ahead of Eid.
 arrow Mobile Mela creates a stir
The GrameenPhone sponsored mobile phone fair 'Mobile Mela' has created such unprecedented excitement among prospective customers that the organisers announced that special show prices would be available
 arrow A new improved Banga Bazaar
Bongo Bazar, the popular market where customers belonging to all the spheres of the society flock to shop, is shifting to new complexes in Gulistan and should be operating in full swing soon, according
 arrow Beggars pester commuters at intersections
Putrefied hands of beggars coming through a car's window or an autori-ckshaw door imploring passengers for money at every traffic signal has become a common experience of commuters going to workplaceor
 arrow Housing plan for govt employees curtailed
The housing and public works ministry has reduced the number of flats for sales to government employees in hire-purchase schemes from 500 to 360, sources said.