Vol. 5 Num 176 Sun. November 21, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Controversial recruitment of govt staff cancelled
The government has cancelled ongoing recruitment of around 20,000 class three and four employees under district administrations and other offices in the wake of widespread allegations of political interference,
 arrow AL sits with allies on strategy
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies sit today to work out strategies to intensify their anti-government movement while the Jatiya Party (Ershad) in a major development yesterday decided
 arrow Rancour grips BNP top policymakers
Frustration has gripped a large section of top policymakers and leaders of the ruling BNP as they feel cornered within the party and many of them have started thinking of retiring from politics.
 arrow Colour riot...

 arrow Jobs for 2,000 nurses soon
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said 2,000 more senior staff nurses will be appointed soon and the process is underway to create 800 posts of nursing supervisors.
 arrow Saifur flies to Berlin to ask TI about most-corrupt label
After repeatedly denouncing Transparency International's (TI) ranking of Bangladesh as the world's most corrupt nation for four consecutive years, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman will attempt tosit
 arrow Another dies in 'crossfire' with Rab
An alleged criminal died in 'crossfire' during firefight between his aides and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Aminbazar 29 hours after his arrest yesterday, raising death toll in Rab operations and 'crossfire'
 arrow Arafat widow gets medical records
Yasser Arafat's widow took possession of his widely sought medical records Friday, and was deciding whether to release the information publicly to "stop all these false ideas" of what caused the Palestinian
 arrow Musharraf for Saarc role to end political conflicts
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf yesterday called for Saarc to play the lead role to thrash out political and economic conflicts among the regional countries for progress and prosperity ofSouth
 arrow Land for Biswa Ijtema 'mistakenly' reallocated
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has reallocated 10 acres of Biswa Ijtema land in Tongi along the Turag river to set up commercial establishments, two private universities and a hospital sparking
 arrow 9 soldiers, 42 others killed in Iraq unrest
The bodies of what are believed to be nine murdered Iraqi soldiers were found yesterday in central Mosul as US and Iraqi forces patrolled the city in a continuing bid to flush out insurgents.
 arrow Sirajganj power project put back on bidding track
The 450-megawatt Sirajganj power project the government cancelled in June at its final stage saw its revival yesterday, as four bidders submitted their proposals to pre-qualify in the scheme.
 arrow Ferryboat with 4 vehicles capsizes in Kirtonkhola
A ferryboat laden with a bus, two trucks and a pickup capsized in Kirtonkhola river at 5:30am yesterday near Char Kawa Ferry-ghat on Barisal-Bhola highway.
 arrow Public nuisance...

 arrow 17 Indian cops die as Maoists blow up bus
At least 17 policemen were killed when Maoist rebels blew up their bus in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh yesterday, police said.
 arrow Armed Forces Day today
The Armed Forces Day, marking the anniversary of formation of the military forces of Bangladesh, will be observed today.
 arrow Two painters electrocuted
Two painters were electrocuted while painting an under-construction multi-storied building on Chandmari Road in Lalkhan Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Robbers, not Rab, killed 3 in Gutia
A relative of the three of a family who died in early Friday's 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Gutia in Tongi yesterday said it was robbers, not the elite anticrime force, who killed three
 arrow Woman student found dead hanging from showerhead
A woman student of Jagannath University College was found dead yesterday hanging from a showerhead in a toilet of her house on Jadunath Basak Lane in Sutrapur, Old Dhaka.
 arrow BNP nominates Zakaria Taher for Comilla-7 by-polls
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday nominated Zakaria Taher Sumon for the by-election of Comilla-7 constituency.
 arrow 24 Rohingyas sent to jail
Twenty-four arrested Rohingya refugees including 'most wanted' criminal Nurul Hakim alias Lalu Chairman were sent to jail yesterday in connection with Thursday's clash with law enforcers at Kutupalong
 arrow BNP agrees on UZ polls
BNP standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the ruling party, informally agreed yesterday to hold upazila elections.
 arrow Citizens condole Arafat's death
The name, Yasser Arafat, has become a source of inspiration for all the peoples across the globe fighting for individual, political and other sorts of freedom, speakers at a condolence meeting
 arrow Bank guard's body found in bathroom
The body of a bank guard was recovered from inside the Janata Bank branch building at Biswanath upazila headquarters yesterday morning.
 arrow PM asks party leaders to get involved with dev schemes
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked her grassroots-level party leaders to engage themselves in the development programmes initiated by the government for people's welfare.
 arrow Businessman mugged of Tk 3.5 lakh
Muggers yesterday stabbed a businessman and snatched Tk 3.50 lakh from near the residence of the superintendent of police in the town.
 arrow Rab nabs Ctg BCL man, 3 'criminals'
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in separate drives rounded up a central leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and three listed top criminals from the city in the last two days.
 arrow Edn boards sit today to explore expert body's work prospect
A meeting of the National Council for Education Boards will be held today to work out the nature and scope of an expert committee on granting approval to non-government schools, colleges and madrasahs.
 arrow FM invites Nepalese PM

 arrow Tributes paid to Sufia Kamal
Speakers at a discussion yesterday paid tributes to the memory of poet Begum Sufia Kamal for her immense contribution to the emancipation and empowerment of women.
Businessarrow Grameen Mutual Fund to go public by year-end
After a long hibernation, the Grameen Mutual Fund sponsored by the Grameen Bank is all set to go public by this year-end.
 arrow Nokia introduces mid-range CDMA camera phones
Cellphone giant Nokia on November 16 introduced the mid-range Nokia 6235 and Nokia 6235i camera phones for global CDMA markets at the 3G World Congress & Exhibition 2004 held in Hong Kong.
 arrow India's textile firms fight to make the WTO cut
Shares of Indian textile makers have bolted higher ahead of the lifting of quotas next year, but industry leaders and analysts say the country is ill-prepared to handle competition and a big surge indemand.
 arrow G20 to mull global economic outlook as dollar drops
Finance ministers and central bank governors from the 20 biggest economies prepared to meet in Berlin on Saturday to mull the global economic outlook, denying they would focus on a slide in the dollar's
 arrow WB chief lauds India's economic blueprint
The head of the World Bank praised the Indian government's policy roadmap Saturday and suggested the country's new leaders were as good as it gets.
 arrow Singapore, Peru to start free-trade talks next yr
Singapore and Peru will next year start negotiations for a free-trade agreement (FTA), aiming to complete the talks within one year, the trade ministry said here Saturday.
 arrow Regional trade pacts threaten global trade talks: WTO
A top World Trade Organisation (WTO) official warned Friday that a growing web of regional trading agreements threatens to wreck global trade negotiations.
 arrow India's inflation at 7.76pc in week ending Nov 6
India's wholesale price index rose 7.76 percent in the year through Nov.
 arrow Insurance rates for BGMEA listed firms reduced
The charges for sea and fire insurance for the member units of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) have been reduced to make the readymade garment sector sustainable in
 arrow Bangladesh Tourism Fair begins in Beijing on Thursday
A ten-day Bangladesh Tourism Fair organised by Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing will begin on Thursday.
 arrow US Trade Show in Feb
The annual three-day US Trade Show, exhibiting US products and services, will be held in Dhaka from February 16 to February 18 next year.
 arrow ONE Bank to go live with CDS
ONE Bank Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert its paper shares into electronic ones for trading under the central depository system (CDS).
 arrow China urges US to act on dollar slide
China turned the tables on the United States Friday, urging Washington to stop the slide of the dollar and restore equilibrium to global currency markets.
 arrow Qatar Airways, Yemen Airways sign codeshare agreement
Qatar Airways has signed a bilateral codeshare agreement with Yemen Airways to link its route network with Yemen airline's network.
 arrow Nissan to cut parts purchasing costs by $5.8b over 3 years
Japan's second largest automaker Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. plans to slash its autoparts procurement expenses by 12 percent or 600 billion yen (5.8 billion dollars) in the next three years, a report said Saturday.
 arrow Oil prices up more than $2 on winter worries
Oil prices charged more than two dollars higher Friday on renewed concern over tight supplies of distillate fuels in all main consuming centres ahead of the Northern Hemisphere winter.
 arrow Won continues rally despite Lee warning
The currency market shrugged off government attempts to cool off the won Thursday, sending it to its biggest gain in almost two years with no end in sight for the sharp appreciation.
 arrow Pakistan gets ADB loans for road project
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan package worth 301.2 million dollars to improve road connections from Pakistan's Afghan border to the southern ports of Karachi, it said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Fishing for big names
With the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League around the corner, local clubs are trying to recruit foreign stars but the busy schedules of the Test-playing countries may hinder their prospects.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar joins camp, Sanwar withdraws
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar has resumed light training.
 arrow Cricket: Battling Hall holds India
Andrew Hall's unbeaten knock of 78 helped South Africa make a fine start in their two-Test series against India at the Green Park Stadium here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Advantage Australia
Australia demolished New Zea-land's bowlers on Saturday to open up a 211-run lead with two days remaining in the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Don't dare call him a 'bunny'
After years of being ridiculed over his batting, Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath finally proved his detractors wrong on Saturday by scoring his maiden Test fifty.
 arrow Cricket: Things can only get better
Test cricket has become a breeze for Australia's exciting new batting talent Michael Clarke, but he knows and expects it won't last forever.
 arrow Football: Man United earn full points
Goals from Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes either side of the interval earned Manchester United a 2-0 victory over Charlton that inched them closer to the leaders in Saturday's early kick-off.
 arrow Football: Lyon hold 10-man PSG
French league leaders Olympique Lyon drew 0-0 at Paris St Germain in a bad-tempered league match on Friday as the Parisians played for more than an hour with 10 men.
 arrow Tennis: Safin, Hewitt complete lineup
Russia's Marat Safin and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt advanced to Saturday's ATP Masters Cup semifinals with impressive straight-set victories here Friday, completing a historic lineup.
 arrow Impressive wins for Bangladesh
Half-strength Bangladesh pulled off impressive wins in the first ever Kabadi World Cup at the Physical Education College in Mumbai.
 arrow SAFF team given lands on Nov 24
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will hand over the deeds for lands on Wednesday (Nov 24) to the players and officials of Bangladesh football team which clinched the third SAFF Championship title last
 arrow Table Tennis: Memorial TT begins today
The Beximco Pharma Abul Hashem Memorial Table Tennis Champion-ship will begin at the outer stadium woodenfloor gymnasium today.
 arrow Chess: Parag loses Round 2
Bangladesh junior champion Mehdi Hasan Parag lost his second round board to Indian Grand Master Kuneru Humpy in the World Youth Chess Championship in the Indian state of Kerala yesterday.
 arrow Schumi voted top German star of 20th century
German television viewers voted seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher the country's sportsman of the 20th century on Friday.
 arrow Football: Bergkamp may extend contract
Manager Arsene Wenger says Arsenal could offer 35-year-old Dutch forward Dennis Bergkamp a new one-year contract for next season.
 arrow Football: Atalanta shock Juventus
Two goals by midfielder Andrea Lazzari gave Atalanta a surprise 2-0 home victory over Serie A leaders Juventus in the first leg of their Italian Cup last 16 tie on Friday.
 arrow Football: Silva back injury worries Arsenal
English Premiership champions Arsenal face a midfield crisis as it was revealed on Saturday that World Cup winning midfielder Gilberto Silva could miss the rest of the season with a persistent back injury.
 arrow Football: 'Sacked' Schaefer continues as Cameroon coach
Winfried Schaefer has not received any formal notification from Cameroon soccer officials that he is no longer their coach and is continuing to fulfil his duties, the German told a Munich magazine onSaturday.
Nationalarrow Bright prospect for tea farming in Mymensingh
There is a bright prospect for tea cultivation in Garo Hill areas in Mymensingh region, according to sources in Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB).
 arrow Lobster farming can fetch Tk 800 cr annually in Barisal division
Lobsters worth about Tk 800 crore can be produced annually by bringing 1,000 acres of water bodies in each of 40 upazilas in the division under its cultivation.
 arrow 11 houses ruined by hired goons of influential in Nilphamari
Members of three families at Khagakharibari village in Dimla upazila turned shelterless following attack on them by hired goons of an influential relative of a ruling BNP leader on Thursday.
 arrow Bomb hurled at Satkhira BNP leader's house, none hurt
A hand bomb was allegedly hurled at the house of a local BNP leader Abu Har of Batra village in Kalaroa on upazila Thursday.
 arrow Pneumonia claims 16 children in Netrakona in a week
Pneumonia has broken out in an epidemic form in 10 upazilas here.
 arrow Clashes leave 45 hurt in Magura
At least 45 people were injured, 21 of them were seriously, in separate clashes at Titarkhapara and Niznandualli in Magura Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The Battle for Fallujah
Situated on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Fallujah is bound by the desert on all sides.
 arrow The future for girls
It is now a universally accepted truth that the future of girls and women is one and the same. Today's girls are tomorrow's women.
 arrow Plight of the poor
A Daily Star photo (Oct 29) showing two female garment workers lying on the street of the port city, possibly in an unconscious state after being beaten up by law enforcers, touched the conscience
Culturearrow Victorian England Christmas revisited
The Grand Ball Room and the lobby outside at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel wore a curious look of the Victorian England on November 19 evening.
 arrow TÍte-ŗ-TÍte with Ronni and Moly
The Daily Star's (TDS) Fayza Haq recently talked to Ronni Ahmmad, a well-known artist, and his wife Moly Siddiqua, an upcoming fashion designer, teacher and freelance writer.
 arrow A chit-chat with Intekhab
Intekhab Dinar, a TV and stage actor, began his career quite some time back. Recently, he spoke to the cultural correspondent of The Daily Star about his passion for acting.
 arrow OutKast win at MTV Europe Awards
US hip-hop duo OutKast have capped a year of award glory with three prizes at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 18 at the Tor di Valle hippodrome in Rome.
Internationalarrow Manmohan urges rebels in restive northeast to lay down arms
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his first visit to India's troubled northeast appealed yesterday to insurgents in the region to lay down their arms and join the political mainstream.
 arrow Anti-Bush protesters battle cops in Chile
Hooded anti-American marchers protesting an Asia-Pacific summit in Chile Friday hurled Molotov cocktails and stones at police who retaliated with water cannons and tear gas.
 arrow UN staff blast officials, spare Annan
The UN staff union on Friday passed a resolution highly critical of the world body's senior management while declining to pin the blame directly on Secretary General Kofi Annan.
 arrow Bush, Hu push for end to N Korean nuke crisis
US President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed in a meeting here yesterday to push for a diplomatic end to the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programs.
 arrow Pakistan will move halfway if India does on Kashmir
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday asked India to meet him halfway in exploring solutions to the decades-old Kashmir dispute, after lamenting that India's latest attitude was "not encouraging.
 arrow ICRC slams 'contempt' for humanity in Fallujah
The International Committee of the Red Cross Friday sharply criticised the "utter contempt" for humanity shown by all sides in Iraq amid fierce fighting between US forces and insurgents for control of
 arrow US plans to beef up force
The United States plans to extend tours of duty of more troops in Iraq to increase force levels there through the elections, which are planned for January 27, a top US general said Friday.
 arrow Airstrikes on al-Qaeda linked militants in Philippines: 10 killed
The Philippine military has killed up to 10 people in an air raid on a suspected meeting between the Abu Sayyaf kidnap gang and Jemaah Islamiyah extremists, a senior military official said Saturday.
 arrow African presidents pledge peace in Great Lakes
Fifteen African presidents and UN chief Kofi Annan yesterday signed a common declaration pledging to promote peace and security in the continent's volatile Great Lakes region.
 arrow Iran readies uranium for nuke: Diplomats
Iran is preparing large amounts of uranium for enrichment, a process that can be used to make nuclear weapons, days before its promise to freeze all such activities takes effect, Western diplomats said
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rab and 'crossfire' killings
Law and order has been a serious problem in this country.
 arrow Editorial: Street children
A survey conducted by a research organisation has revealed that around seven lakh street children, many of whom are addicts, might enter the crime world as they are grappling with a life devoid of paternal
 arrow Arafat's legacy
Yasser Arafat was one of those icons who adorned chameleonic personalities suited to different occasions: a revolutionary, "a bigoted and megalomaniacal extremist blinded by anti-Jewish hatred" (Israeli
 arrow Left should know what's right
THERE is no doubt that the Left is not happy with the Congress-led government. It could not have been because of ideological incoherence between the two.
Letters to Editorarrow A new Palestinian leader wanted
Yasser Arafat, 75, a true leader of people, who dreamed about an independent Palestinian state since he was a young man, but was unable to turn his dream into reality.
 arrow Letter from my mother
Is it a mistake to be born? When I was a child, my mother always used her artistic talent to design patterns on fabric and clothes.
 arrow RAB must find new excuses to kill criminals
A notorious criminal is arrested by RAB. Upon interrogation, he reveals the whereabouts of arms and ammunition hidden by his gang.
Star Healtharrow How to survive while living with stress
Modern life is full of time pressure and frustration. In other words, it is stressful.
 arrow 14th Congress of Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association ends in Malaysia
The six-day long 14th triennial congress of the APOA (Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association) concluded successfully in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur recently.
 arrow Fight childhood obesity to help prevent diabetes
Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 22 million children under five years old are obese or overweight, and more than 17 million of them are in developing countries.
 arrow Donít use aspirin during pregnancy
Aspirin is a very common drug.
 arrow Cholesterol levels change with the seasons
The amount of artery-clogging cholesterol running through your veins may peak during the winter months.
 arrow Small doses of caffeine best to stay awake
Small, frequent doses of caffeine are best for those who need to stay awake over a long period of time, according to a U.S. study.
Star Cityarrow 30 speed detectors in city to catch fast drivers
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has decided to install 30 speed detectors in Dhaka to check the speed of motor vehicles from next January with a view to reducing road accidents in the city.
 arrow Buriganga protection plan delayed again
The plan to permanently protect Buriganga from re-encroach-ment has been delayed again as the shipping ministry wants to include a harbour for vessels at Kamrangir Char and exclude a dockyard at Mirerbag.
 arrow City experiences early winter
The lazy sun unwilling to glow in full, trees shedding old leaves little by little and dusty, misty roads are announcing the advent of winter in the city.
 arrow A respite from traffic jam, air pollution
Abdur Rahim looked delighted to reach his office at Karwan Bazar within 15 minutes on Wednesday as he joined back after Eid holidays.
 arrow Public toilet sleaze
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is scrambling to construct 56 public toilets in time as the project ends on December 31.
 arrow Osmani Udyan losing charm on growing illegal structures
A good number of so-called 'legal' and illegal structures, both concrete and makeshifts, have been established in and around Osmani Udyan --a major public park in Dhaka -- damaging its natural harmony.