Vol. 5 Num 169 Wed. November 10, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow SC irked by govt plea for repeated time prayer
The Supreme Court yesterday again expressed annoyance at the government's foot-dragging on the implementation of its directives towards separation of the judiciary when the government sought a further
 arrow Arafat fate mired in confusion
The fate of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was mired in confusion yesterday as French medical sources contradicted reports by senior Palestinian officials that he had died at a Paris hospital.
 arrow 3 killed, 5 hurt in blast at Sitakunda scrapyard
At least three people died and five others received burns injury, one critically, in a fire fed by a gas explosion during scrapping of an old ship at a ship-breaking yard at Sitakunda yesterday, police
 arrow Last-minute shoppers choke city roads
The city yesterday suffered unprecedented traffic congestion mainly due to people's last-minute shopping essays ahead of the long Eid vacation.
 arrow Homebound people continue to suffer on high transport fare
Bus and launch operators continue to charge much higher than normal fare while train tickets of most routes have already run out four days ahead of Eid, bringing much anxiety and agony to the homebound
 arrow Textbook printing goes private
The government has started the process of handing over the job of textbook printing to the private sector to ensure timely distribution and quality of textbooks.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's men collecting Eid levy for jihad fund
Islamist militant band Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) commanded by Bangla Bhai has imposed Eid levies on the Muslim villagers of the pockets it controls in the northwestern region triggeringfresh
 arrow Torkel for improved investment climate
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Torkel Patterson yesterday appeared satisfied with the investment climate here as he said American businessmen are interested to invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow Troops thrust into heart of Fallujah
US troops with crack Iraqi soldiers surged into the heart of Fallujah yesterday in a hail of explosions and gunfire on the second day of the largest operation in Iraq since last year's US-led war.
 arrow No industry in North aggravates monga
Greater Rangpur suffers abject poverty during seasonal crisis or monga, a famine like situation in Bengali month of Ashwin and Kartik, mainly because of absence of industrial base, said local business
 arrow Illegal tea stalls...

 arrow 10 fishermen saved from engine room
Ten fishermen were rescued alive from the locked engine room of a trawler on Monday night, three days after pirates robbed and left the vessel drifting on the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow HC stays Janatar Mancha Case for six months
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for six months the proceedings in lower court of the sedition case against former secretary Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and six others.
 arrow Noor Hossain Day today
Noor Hossain Day, marking the killing of a Jubo League worker in police firing during the anti-autocracy movement 17 years ago, will be observed today.
 arrow Shab-e-Qadr tonight
The Shab-e-Qadr will be observed across the country tonight seeking blessings of the Almighty for peace and progress of the Muslim Ummah.
 arrow Biman flight stuck in Delhi for fault
A passenger flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines could not fly back to Dhaka from New Delhi Monday owing to 'mechanical fault', Biman sources said yesterday.
 arrow 50 injured as outlaws rob village market
Robbers suspected to be outlawed political operatives last night injured at least 50 people, three of them critically, while looting a village market in Wazirpur upazila of the district.
 arrow Keraniganj double murder case verdict today
Verdict in the Keraniganj double murder case against Reaz Uddin Ahmed Monir, brother of the ruling BNP MP Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and 22 others will be given today.
 arrow 100 hurt over fishing dispute
Over 100 people were injured, eight with bullets in police firing, in a violent clash between two groups of people over fishing in a water body at Ballol village in Dhamrai upazila yesterday.
 arrow Bandarban tense over visit of Shantu Larma
A tense situation prevails in Bandarban town over the visit of Parbatya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) President Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo alias Shantu Larma.
 arrow 5 killed, 1 hurt in city road accidents
Five people including a woman and a child were killed and one was injured in four separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws kill 2 in Kushtia and Barisal
Outlaws gunned down a BNP activist and injured 20 in a Kushtia village while in Wazirpur upazila under Barisal, outlaws shot dead the mother of an oil trader for not paying toll.
Businessarrow CDBL launches radio-link to speed up share demat
Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL) has started offering radio-link connections to depository participants (DPs) to speed up the process of demat and electronic settlement of shares under the central
 arrow Chinese wholesale market to be set up in Bangladesh
A Chinese company will open a wholesale market in Bangladesh in April next year to ensure easy availability of Chinese products here at affordable prices.
 arrow Bangladesh, India trade ministers meet Nov 17
Commerce ministers of Bangladesh and India will hold talks here on November 17 in a bid to further boost bilateral trade ties.
 arrow Five ministries talk manpower export
Five ministries yesterday sat together to formulate guidelines on sending workers to foreign countries.
 arrow Indian govt still favours FDI in pension sector
Despite strong reservations from Left parties, the Indian government favors cent percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the pension sector.
 arrow ‘Oil prices may have little impact on world economy’
World Trade Organization chief Supachai Panitchpakdi Tuesday painted an optimistic scenario for the global economy, saying rising oil prices might not have a major negative impact.
 arrow EU likely to seek more trade sanctions against US
The European Union is likely to ask the World Trade Organisation (WTO) soon for the go ahead for $40-50 million in sanctions on US goods in a long-running anti-dumping row, diplomats said Monday.
 arrow WTO chief upbeat on US attitude to global trade
World Trade Organisation chief Supachai Panitchpakdi expressed confidence Tuesday that the US administration will remain committed to free trade during the second term of President George W Bush.
 arrow EPB Ctg office to remain open on Nov 12,13
The regional office of Export Promotion Bureau in Chittagong will remain open on November 12 and 13 to facilitate export operations during the two holidays.
 arrow India to open more foreign routes to private airlines
After opening up the Saarc destinations, the Indian government is likely to open up other foreign routes, except the Persian Gulf region, to private domestic airlines such as Jet Airways and Air Sahara.
 arrow BGMEA polls for 2005-06 on Feb 17
Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) election for 2005-06 will be held on February 17.
 arrow ANN, China Daily to sponsor roundtable on Chinese economy
China Daily Hong Kong Edition has announced that it is jointly sponsoring with Asia News Network (ANN) the CEO Roundtable on China's Economy in 2005 and Beyond.
 arrow New MD joins Siemens
Rudolf Paul Klink has recently joined Siemens Bangladesh Ltd as its new managing director and CEO.
Klink has succeeded Dr Peter E Albrich, says a press release.

 arrow East Asia to peak this year with 7.1pc growth: WB
East Asia will this year record its strongest economic performance since the 1997-1998 financial crisis with average growth of 7.1 percent but a slowdown is expected in 2005, the World Bank (WB) saidTuesday.
 arrow Raffle draw of Philips promo campaign at Meena Bazar held
The raffle draw of 'Philips Home Body and Beauty' organised jointly by Transcom Electronics Limited and Meena Bazaar, a superstore, was held recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Ford India hires 800 workers to meet demand
The Indian subsidiary of US auto giant Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it had hired 800 workers in the past three months to meet new orders as it launched its fourth model this year.
 arrow Citigroup jumps to acquire Korea Thrunet
US financial giant Citigroup has jumped into the battle to take control of Korea Thrunet, the country's third-largest broadband Internet provider, an auction manager said Tuesday.
 arrow World Bank sees 9.2pc growth in China this year
China's economy will grow 9.2 percent this year, the World Bank (WB) forecast Tuesday as a top Chinese leader trumpeted government attempts to cool growth as "exceeding expectations".
Sportsarrow Hockey: Abahani's cup of joy
Abahani Krira Chakra staged one of the greatest comebacks in the history of domestic hockey when they overturned a 3-0 deficit to win a classic Club Cup final 4-3 against Mariner Youngs Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: GP, Biman set up finale
The first Twenty20 cricket competition of the country will see Bangla-desh Biman clashing with Grameen-Phone in the final after the teams won their respective semifinals of the GrameenPhone 2nd Corporate
 arrow Cricket: All four impress Lloyd
Clive Lloyd painted a positive picture on Bangladesh's prospects of getting some new Test venues in the near future.
 arrow Cry for proper domestic cricket-II
In early stages our cricketers trained on cement wickets where footwork is not generally required to deal with different type of bowling.
 arrow Cricket: Kaluwitharana calls it quits
Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana has retired from international cricket after missing out on selection for a training squad for next month's tour of New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy wants to keep it up
Captain Inzamamul Haq said Tuesday he hopes to maintain Pakistan's winning momentum against archrivals India as his team prepares for its first game across the border for five years.
 arrow Cricket: Winning in Australia is scaling Mount Everest
Taking on Australia in their own backyard is like tackling Mount Everest, New Zealand cricket coach John Bracewell believes.
 arrow Football: Robinho a victim of fame
The agent for Santos star Robinho has halted transfer discussions with Real Madrid after the young forward's mother Dona Marina was kidnapped.
 arrow Football: Juve in for a test
League leaders Juventus, whose unbeaten start to the season was ended by plucky Reggina last week, face a test of character at home to Fiorentina on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Wenger charged for Ruud outburst
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was on Monday charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following comments he made after the Gunners' defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: Search for tearaways on
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and GrameenPhone have invited youngsters to test their bowling speeds in trials across the country starting in December.
 arrow Chess: Niaz off to winning start
Bangladeshi Grand Master Niaz Murshed made a winning start in the Kolkata International Open Chess Tournament which began on Monday at Gorky Sadan in Kolkata.
Metropolitanarrow 'Raise social awareness to protect women's rights'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for raising social awareness to protect women's rights.
Women are being deprived of their rights due to lack of proper enforcement of laws, they said.

 arrow '10,000 blind children to get back sight in four years'
More than 10,000 blind children suffering from cataract since childhood are expected to get back their vision in the next four years, sight saving campaigners said here yesterday.
 arrow Police launch special operation in Khulna
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and district police jointly launched a special operation to track down 10 hundi traders and 17 smugglers listed by the Home Ministry.
 arrow Buet admission test results published
The admission test results of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) for the academic session 2004-05 was published yesterday.
 arrow HC declares Dipu Chy's detention illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the detention of Dipu Chowdhury, son of Awami League leader Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.
 arrow Shop owners beat 2 DU JCD leaders at Kataban
A group of shop owners and employees of Dhaka University (DU) Market at Katabon yesterday beat up two DU JCD leaders when they intervened to settle a conflict between two shop owners.
 arrow Khaleda offers prayers at Masjid-e-Nabawi
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia offered Asr, Maghrib, Esha and Tarabi prayers at Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madina and had iftar with lakhs of devotees at the holy mosque on Monday.
 arrow DU student dies of jaundice
A student of Dhaka University (DU) died of jaundice at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
 arrow 4 Ctg firms fined for selling adulterated food
Four well-known food manufacturing firms in the port city were fined by a mobile court yesterday for selling substandard and adulterated food items.
Nationalarrow Eid brings no cheers in northern dists
The ongoing monga has shadowed the ensuing Eid celebration in greater Rangpur, with few customers flocking to shopping centres in upazila and district headquarters.
 arrow Two school students abducted for ransom
Criminals abducted two school students in Meherpur and Jhenidah on Sunday while villagers foiled another attempt to abduct a university student in Kushtia on Sunday night.
 arrow A govt baby home where inmates face starvation
The children live in a government baby home. But they get food when supplied by villagers around.
 arrow Case filed against Jute Secretary, Nilphamari DC
A case has been filed against the Secretary and Senior Assistant Secretary of jute ministry and Nilphamari Deputy Commissioner for alleged irregularities in sale of Tatia Jute Press in Syedpur, a vested
 arrow Fresh push-in bid foiled
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Monday foiled a fresh push-in bid by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) through Mondumala border in Baliadangi upazila.
 arrow Retd Rly staff barricade train for pension
Pension holders of Bangladesh Railway at Syedpur squatted on rail tracks for about two hours and obstructed train movement on Monday to realise unpaid pension money and bonus before the of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Ferry service from Paturia hampered
Ferry service in Paturia-Daulaldia and Paturia-Nagarbari routes on the Padma are being hampered due to problem in loading and unloading at Paturia ferry terminals following fall in water level.
 arrow PCJSS to observe MN Larma's death anniversary today
The Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) will observe the 21st death anniversary of its founder Manobendra Narayan Larma in Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban hill districts today through
Point-Counterpointarrow Lailat-ul-Qadr
We celebrate Lailat-ul-Qadr on the auspicious night of the 27th Ramadan.
 arrow The best night of the Islamic calendar
There are one hundred and fourteen Suras or Chapters in the Holy Qur-an for the guidance of the whole mankind. And out of those one hundred and fourteen Suras there is a Sura known as Sura Qadr (Honour).
 arrow Tribute to Kamal Ataturk
Sixty-six years ago Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, the founder of Modern Turkey breathed his last on 10th November, 1938.
Culturearrow Mehendi: Tradition mingled with a new look
As always in the countdown to Eid, Bangalee girls are heading to the nearest beauty parlour to have mehendi (henna) applied on their palms. This old custom still has a wide appeal.
 arrow Trendy T-shirts for Eid
Eid would be incomplete without new attire--saris, salwar kamiz, fatua, punjabis and lungis. For those in search of different apparel, there is an array of T-shirts available in the market.
 arrow Telefilm Dulabhai on Channel i
Channel i is all set to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr with fun and entertainment. The six- day long fiesta starts a day prior to Eid.
 arrow Telefilm Babodhan on 2nd day of Eid
The second day of Eid: a day to relax at home and watch TV. Like other channels, ATN Bangla also plan to air an array of programmes on this day. day.
 arrow Underground audio albums on Eid
This Eid-ul-Fitr along with new blends of fashion is releasing some exclusive audio albums from our local rock music industry.
Generalarrow JCD men vandalise press in Khulna
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists stormed Modhumati offset printing press on Monday evening and went on a rampage causing extensive damage to printing machine, furniture, telephone sets and window
 arrow Jubo Dal leader beats Satkhira dist officer
A central leader of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, youth front of the ruling BNP, allegedly assaulted the administrative officer of Satkhira zila parishad yesterday.
 arrow President visits ailing Rajib
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday visited ailing film actor Wasimul Bari Rajib at the Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital.
 arrow 1,270 more held
Police arrested 1,270 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow US to work more closely with Pakistan: Armitage
US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage vowed that Washington would work more closely with Pakistan as he made his first trip to the key anti-terror ally since President George W.
 arrow US court rules terror tribunals illegal
A US court Monday halted the military trial of Osama bin Laden's personal driver, ruling it illegal in a major blow to the government's controversial handling of hundreds of war on terror detainees.
 arrow Palestinians in tug-of-war over Arafat money
Any debate among the Palestinians as to who will lead in the absence of the ailing Yasser Arafat is related to Arafat's personal fortune, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said yesterday.
 arrow Indian army seizes key rebel base in Manipur
India's army said yesterday it had seized an important separatist base in the revolt-hit northeastern state of Manipur during a month-long offensive against insurgent groups.
 arrow Powell outlines US foreign policy
Visiting US Secretary of State Colin Powell outlined the goals of American foreign policy during President George W.
 arrow Militants ordered to attack Iraqi targets
An extremist Islamist group ordered its militants to attack key targets in Iraq in revenge for the US-led offensive on the rebel-held city of Fallujah, according to a statement published on its Internet
 arrow Pak troops kill 6 al-Qaeda-linked militants near Afghan border
Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships killed six suspected al-Qaeda-linked fighters in raids on several militant hideouts near the Afghan border, the military said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli coalition partner set to quit over Gaza pullout
More resignations were expected yesterday from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government over his Gaza pullout plan as the man overseeing the withdrawal predicted most settlers would leave without
 arrow '57 pc Britons think Iraq war was wrong'
Public distaste with the Iraq war in Britain has hit its worst-ever level, with fewer than a third of people thinking it is the right thing, an opinion poll said late Monday.
 arrow Indian transport minister fined for free ride
The transport minister of India's eastern Bihar state and his personal security guard were fined 30 dollars each for travelling ticketless on a train, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Germany marks 15th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall
Germany marks the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall yesterday with fond memories of that day's joyous celebrations and somber ceremonies in honor of those killed in a desperate dash forfreedom.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Strangling another river flow
We have heard of private parties as land, lake or river grabbers.
 arrow Editorial: The Fallujah offensive
Apprehensions of those that predicted a more aggressive US policy, more so in Iraq, after the US election, have been seemingly proven right by the Fallujah offensive that is currently underway.
 arrow Will the second Bush administration be different?
President George W.Bush won handsomely his second term without judicial intervention and with the majority in the popular votes that he could not achieve in 2000.
 arrow Kashmir : Untangling the Gordian knot
In the most significant policy initiative for any Pakistani leader since independence in 1947, Gen Pervez Musharraf seemingly abandoned Pakistan's long-standing demand for a plebiscite, something enshrined
 arrow Biotechnology within the goals of national agricultural development
Most critiques of biotechnology seem to think that it is a Frankenstein that will take over all the agricultural research of the country (Daily Star, November 1, The Biotechnology Trap, by Nazrul Islam).
Letters to Editorarrow Mohakhali Flyover
I was surprised to see the traffic jam right outside my house in Banani after the Mohakhali flyover was opened.
 arrow Our cricketers
Readers might think just looking at the heading that our cricketers had enough suggestion, motivation, inspiration, coaching, training, and, above all, handsome money.
 arrow Freedom, ethics, and stereotypes
We are going to discuss the questions about Mr.
 arrow Bush's triumph
Zafar Sobhan's write-up was completely uninformed about why Americans voted for Bush.
 arrow Save us
On 12 July, 2004 (Monday) at around 12:30pm, a group of robbers (15 to 20 people) raided four Christian minority houses in the village Paschim Padrishibpur and on 14 July, 2004 (Wednesday) the same robbers
 arrow Declare November 13 a holiday
The Holy Eid-ul-Fitr may be observed on November 14 if the Shawal Moon is sighted on the previous evening, otherwise Eid will be on the 15th.
Now the declared Eid holidays are on November 14-16 (Sunday-Tuesday).

 arrow Nepotism in politics
The DS of Oct 28 carried a classical story of nepotism in politics, misuse of power, position and influence in the lobbying for appointment of junior staff in government office.
 arrow Phasing out rickshaws
The cycle rickshaws have to stay in Dhaka metro , till the following conditions change for the better.
 arrow Number game
Numerology intrigues me to no ends. Take the case of Bangladesh which has a preponderance for the figure of seven.
 arrow American psyche
This was the first time I voted in the presidential election of the United States as a Bangladeshi-American citizen.
 arrow An odd picture
One day I was going to my office. My friend was also with me. We were stranded in an unbearable traffic jam. Suddenly my eyes were fixed upon a picture of a rickshaw standing before us.
 arrow DCC and DTCB
The Daily Star rendered a public service by printing (Oct 27) the Star City interview of the former DTCB boss on the hijacking of the DTCB office to DCC Nagarbhavan.
 arrow United States and Israel
The United States is the lone superpower and we think it would be appropriate to give Israel a similar name , because it is controlling everything in America; it's wish is the command.
 arrow RAB activities and the intellectuals
The activities of RAB have surely been welcomed by the common people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Congratulations, President Bush
George W Bush has been re-elected in a historic presidential election---and in style! He won both the popular votes, as well as electoral college votes by a decent margin(greater margin than President
StarTecharrow The spark of a tech conflagration
For the first time ever in Bangladesh an effort to locally manage local internet traffic was made through the introduction of Bangladesh Internet Exchange (BDIX), a not-for-profit partnership betweenSustainable
 arrow JPGroup -- the voice of the programmers
"Gifted and suitable programmers are discouraged by unnecessary requirements that most computer-related job vacancies demand at present," said Md.
 arrow Countdown to SOFTEXPO 2004 begins
Although the deadline for applications for the 'IT Entrepreneurship Development Program' ends today, Bangladesh Association of Software Information and Services (Basis) would still be evaluating further
 arrow GM bacteria may filter well water arsenic: scientists
Canadian scientists are currently working on using biotechnology to filter arsenic from well water for countries like Bangladesh with the help of genetically modified (GM) bacteria.
Star Chittagongarrow Crime on rise ahead of Eid
Crimes, including extortion and robbery, are on the rise in the port city ahead of the Eid.
And right from the beginning of Ramadan, the criminals come out of their hideouts.

 arrow Eid passengers hostage to ticket brokers
Sufferings of thousands of commuters eager to meet their near and dear ones away from the port city of Chittagong at Eid mounted due to unavailability of the tickets of inter-district buses and trains.
 arrow Jadi Pagoda beauty of CHT

Star Cityarrow Homebound passengers' plight at terminals
The homebound people preparing to leave the city on Eid vacation are suffering a lot in buying tickets of buses, trains and launches as most of the operators have raised the fare despite the government
 arrow Safety measures taken for launch passengers
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) will deploy special police force to monitor fitness and passenger capacity of the launches to ensure safe journey of the homebound passengers from the
 arrow Shop and get lucky
Gift offers worth at least Tk. 3 crore are up for grabs through lucky coupons at shopping malls in the capital ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Eid through the eyes of the poor
Festivals like Eid are meant for people who are well off, although money may not be the criterion for happiness but perhaps buys health and good times.
 arrow Extortion decreases in markets on special pre-Eid security
With special police forces posted at the shopping complexes in the city, shop-owners reported a drastic decrease in extortion ahead of Eid, compared to that in previous years.
 arrow Time to send a card
Greeting card outlets teeming with visitors in the capital exude the festive air ahead of the Eid-ul Fitr.
 arrow Patients worry as Eid draws near
Patients at different hospitals and clinics of the city might be deprived of proper treatment in the coming weeks as there will be very few doctors on duty during the Eid vacation.
 arrow Decoration business goes slack on Ramadan
Decoration houses -- small or big -- are not in high spirits with the Eid approaching after Ramadan -- the small ones will lose business and the bigger ones are waiting for the end of the lull period.