Vol. 5 Num 183 Sun. November 28, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Top Khulna cop closed
Deputy Commissioner (DC-North) of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Tamijuddin Ahmed has been 'closed' at KMP headquarters and intelligence agencies are probing his alleged involvement in extorting money
 arrow Relics in ruins
Mahasthangarh, one of the country's oldest archaeological sites, is gradually becoming a farmland due to government apathy.
 arrow Dhaka against change in Saarc charter
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Dhaka is against amending the current Saarc charter to avoid complications stemming from bilateral political wrangling, and would like to see more implementing
 arrow Robust exports shield GDP
A robust export growth will offset the possible impacts of the devastating floods and spiralling oil prices to limit the contraction of GDP by 0.25-0.50 percent, the central bank predicts.
 arrow PM praises media
Praising the journalists as partners in the movement for democracy and development, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the need for ensuring objective journalism to keep pace with the modern
 arrow AL demands revision of WB immunity bill
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded revision of the bill on granting immunity to the World Bank so that that institution enjoys immunity from judicial proceeding by the state only,
 arrow BTTB's rejoinder, our reply
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has contested a report titled 'Submarine cable project missing deadline' The Daily Star ran on November 25.
 arrow TI to change its graft measuring method
In the face of objections from different countries, Transparency International (TI) is rethinking its corruption-measuring method used for preparing corruption perception index that showed Bangladeshas
 arrow Opposition gathers at Teknaf today
Top leaders of the mainstream opposition parties will address a combined rally at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar today as part of their preparatory programmes to mobilise public opinion for the December 11 human
 arrow Ukraine declares polls result invalid
Ukraine's parliament yesterday declared the nation's disputed presidential election invalid and expressed no confidence in the central election commission in an overall non-binding resolution.
 arrow Contempt petition filed against IO
A petition for bringing contempt proceedings against the first investigation officer (IO) of the Ahsanullah Master murder case was filed yesterday.
 arrow JS session resumes today
After a long Eid vacation, the 14th session of the Jatiya Sangsad resumes today to deal with some important legislative business including a bill pertaining to reserved seats for women in parliament.
 arrow ACC asks ex-Bac investigators to continue with their cases
The newly formed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday issued an order stating that the ACC officials, who were part of now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac), would keep on investigating their
 arrow 10 killed in road crashes
Ten people, including two schoolboys, were killed and 12 others injured in road accidents in Sirajganj, Chittagong and Mymensingh yesterday and on Friday night.
 arrow TSS to assemble cellphone handsets
Telephone Shilpa Sangstha (TSS) will assemble handsets, first time in the country, for German cellphone handset maker Siemens.
 arrow Politicians' candour vital for free judiciary
The country's top politicians, lawyers and journalists yesterday laid emphasis on candour among politicians to keep the judiciary free from political influence.
 arrow Russian dies from liquor poisoning
Another staff of Russian company Technopromexport that built 210-megawatt Siddhirganj Power Plant died yesterday allegedly from alcohol poisoning, sending the death toll to three.
 arrow Govt may reverse decision to annul staff recruitment
The government may withdraw the cancellation order of the controversial recruitment of class three and four employees under the district administrations in the wake of tremendous pressure within the ruling
 arrow RU law dept damaged, examinations postponed
General students of Rajshahi University (RU)irked by alleged injustice to 40 students of law and justice department yesterday rampaged the department and
 arrow Indian HC denies reports of more BSF troops on borders
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka denied reports of deployment of additional troops of the Border Security Force (BSF) along the India-Bangladesh border as well as their attempts to push in Bangla-speaking
 arrow Air raid on Roangchhari upazila
The army yesterday launched a helicopter raid on the remote areas of Roangchhari upazila to arrest the killers of lance corporal Abu Bakar Siddiqi and other criminals.
 arrow 'Criminal' beaten dead, contractor shot dead
Rivals beat dead a local criminal in Demra while a CNG-run three-wheeler driver stabbed earlier in Kafrul died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Moon gas may meet future fuel demand
A potential gas source found on the moon's surface could hold the key to meeting future energy demands as the earth's fossil fuels dry up in the coming decades, scientists said yesterday.
 arrow 3 GIs killed in Iraq attack
A US soldier was killed yesterday in a roadside bomb attack on a military vehicle north of Baghdad while two marines were killed Thursday in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, the US military said.
 arrow A canal under excavation...

 arrow Rab nabs criminal with SLR
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a sophisticated self-loaded rifle (SLR) and arrested an alleged criminal from Nanupur village in Fatikchhari.
Businessarrow Age-old bureaucracy stands in way of e-governance
British High Commissioner in Dhaka Anwar Chawdhury yesterday said the present bureaucratic system is standing in the way of e-governance.
 arrow Food, leather sectors worst performers
A survey on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has found the SMEs in food, leather, electronics and garment sectors to be worst performers and recommended fiscal incentives to promote them.
 arrow LPG price shoots up in Rajshahi
The price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shot up by Tk 35 overnight in Rajshahi yesterday, prompting immediate protests from consumers and a social body.
 arrow High-profile French trade team due today
A high-powered French business delegation arrives here today on a five-day visit to Bangladesh to explore trade and investment opportunities under a comprehensive initiative.
 arrow Tata shows interest to invest in EPZs
Indian conglomerate Tata has shown its keen interest to invest in the export processing zones (EPZs) in Bangladesh.
 arrow 3-day export services fair begins on Dec 11
With a view to providing local exporting companies with logistic supports, a three-day international export services fair begins in Dhaka on December 11.
 arrow FBCCI calls for removal of trade hurdles
President of the FBCCI Abdul Awal Mintoo urged the political leadership of the OIC countries to facilitate more business and investments among member states by removing all market barriers.
 arrow Asean urged to speed up plans for single economic market
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) must speed up trade liberalisation if it wants to unify into a powerful economic bloc, business experts said Saturday.
 arrow Bush pledges to work on WTO compliance
President George W Bush pledged Friday to work with Congress to comply with a WTO ruling in a row over payment of anti-dumping duties to US companies, and said he expected the trade body to hold Europe
 arrow Minister for all-out efforts to achieve 'Vision 2008'
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman has called for concerted efforts from shrimp sector stakeholders to achieve the goal of 'Vision 2008', a target to export frozen foods worth Tk 10,000
 arrow Qatar Airways to fly to over 70 destinations by 2005
Qatar Airways will fly to over 70 destinations by the end of 2005.
 arrow New MD of National Bank
M Aminuzzaman has joined National Bank Limited as its new managing director.
 arrow Preparation needed to face post-MFA
Business leaders at a function yesterday underscored the need for immediate preparations of a strategy for the garments sector to face the challenges of globalisation with the phasing out of the quota
 arrow Mitsubishi Motors, Merrill Lynch tie up over auto loans
A Troubled Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Saturday it will tie up with Merrill Lynch and Co. in North American financing operations as part of its business rehabilitation efforts.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Squeaky win for Mohammedan
Title contenders Mohammedan Sporting Club made a shaky start in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League when they scored a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Wari Club at the Maulana Bhasani National
 arrow Cricket: Smith scare for SA
South Africa captain Graeme Smith is in doubt for the second and final Test against India after a car ran over his foot in a freak accident on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Naimur steps into Akram's shoes
When Abahani launch their Green Delta Pre-mier Cricket Lea-gue campaign against Bangla-desh Biman at the Banga-bandhu National Stadium today they will certainly miss a very special person -- Akram Khan.
 arrow Cricket: NZ under pile of runs
New Zealand were forced to endure another demoralising day in the field on Saturday and then lost two early wickets after Australia declared their first innings on a massive 575 for eight in the second
 arrow Cricket: Wright hopes to be in Dhaka
India cricket coach John Wright has expressed the hope that he will accompany the team on its two-Test tour of Bangladesh beginning on December 7.
 arrow Cricket: 1st ODI takes place today
England players will not be expected to shake hands with Zimbabwean government officials during their controversial tour of the southern African country, captain Michael Vaughan said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble's chance at hand
Anil Kumble is within striking distance of Kapil Dev's Indian record of 434 Test wickets -- and the electric atmosphere of the Eden Gardens could be where he gets past the mark.
 arrow Cricket: WICB, players closer to a solution
The dispute between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) appeared to be closer to being resolved after the 16 players dropped earlier were allowed to attend a three-week training campin
 arrow Football: All points to Ronaldinho
At the end of a year when European soccer's major titles were won by outsiders and the Copa America by an R-less Brazil, naming the best player is tougher than usual.
 arrow Football: Wenger on Red alert
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his team not to discount Liverpool from the title race even though they trail leaders Chelsea by 13 points with a third of the season over.
 arrow Football: World Soccer Briefs
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no plans to sign another striker though he admires the talent of Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe.
 arrow Chess: Leonine keep top position
Leonine Chess Club blanked Dhaka University Chess Team 4-0 in the third round to maintain their solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Parag wins Round 11
Mehdi Hasan Parag won his 11th round board against Lieven Artels of Belgium in the 43rd World Junior Chess Championship at the Indian city of Kochi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pepsi Media cricket
Janakantha, Ajker Kagoj, ATN Bangla and Channel-i emerged group champions to reach the semifinals of the third Pepsi Media Cup Cricket Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Pak Olympic captain for Usha
Local giants Usha Krira Chakra boosted by three Pakistani stick-wielders take on Dhaka Railway today in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium.
 arrow Nabarun Open Bridge Dec 2
The Nabarun Open Bridge Cham-pionship will take place at the Bangladesh Bank Club premises on December 2-3.
 arrow IFIC Cup golf starts Dec 2
The IFIC Cup Golf Tournament starts at the picturesque Kurmitola Golf Club on December 2.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff wants to KO SA, Aussies
Andrew Flintoff will be packing an extra bit of punch when England arrive in South Africa for a five-Test series next month.
 arrow Football: Match against poverty
Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium will next month host a UN-sponsored match against poverty with stars such as Brazilian striker Ronaldo and Real clubmate Zinedine Zidane unveiling the event onFriday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson backs Beckham
England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who expects to fly out for talks with David Beckham, said the England captain's form has dropped because he has not been fielded in his best position at Real Madrid.
Metropolitanarrow 50pc city beautification work completed
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday said over 50 percent work for beautification of the city has already been completed.
 arrow Take steps to bring killers to book
Selina Aktar, mother of Dr Milon, yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps to bring the killers of her son to justice.
 arrow Blood donation camp held
The Bank Asia in collaboration with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) organised a blood donation camp in the city on Friday on the occasion of the bank's fifth anniversary, says a press release.
 arrow Contractor shot at for tolls
Rivals allegedly shot at a contractor and former leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Dhaka Mahanagar unit, at Hatirpool yesterday.
 arrow Environmental group protests felling of trees in Cox's Bazar
An environmental group yesterday formed a human chain in the city to protest the unabated felling of tamarisk trees in the coastal belt of Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Eid reunion
Former students of Public School, Sargodha will hold an Eid reunion at Raowa Club in Mohakhali in the city at 7.30pm on December 11, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Road repair work in Sylhet division poor
The government sanctioned only Tk 11 crore for repair and reconstruction of 583-kilometre flood damaged roads in Sylhet division this year, according to official sources.
 arrow Call to build social movement against acid throwers
Speakers at a discussion meeting here on Tuesday urged all for building a social movement against acid throwers.
 arrow Women demonstrate for rights in B'baria
At least 300 women paraded the streets of the district town in a colourful procession on Wednes-day.
 arrow Maize farming gains popularity in Sherpur
Maize cultivation gains popularity in all the upazilas of Sherpur district during the last five years.
 arrow Steps taken to develop Patuakhali Airport
Steps have been taken for development of Patuakhali Airport.
 arrow Protest meets at RU
Different student bodies on Tuesday held demonstrations on Rajshahi University (RU) campus protesting the October 30 incident.
Point-Counterpointarrow Environment or development?
All over the world there are instances of environmental degradation caused by so called development works. We have seen how massive dams were built at the cost of human lives and environment.
 arrow Liberal and conservative Christians face off
If the exit polls on Uncle Sam's Election Day 2004 are to be believed, the issue of "moral values" was the most important one for many voters.
 arrow The vanishing forest biodiversity of Bangladesh
Bangladesh is one of the signatories of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Culturearrow 'Rural life is the mainstay of my TV plays'-- Masum Reza
Acomplished TV playwright Masum Reza has been much in the news lately. He is the latest recipient of the Zakaria Smrity Padak 2004 conferred by the Theatre group yesterday at the Experimental TheatreStage.
 arrow 'I had never thought that I would perform in a play directed by Tropa.'--Ferdausi Majumdar
In the ongoing drama festival, arranged by Theatre, renowned actress Ferdausi Majumdar is performing in both of the productions of her theatrical group.
 arrow Turkish delights!
The curious Dervish Dance, performed by a mystical dancer from Turkey, was surely the most amazing for the audience recently, at the Café Bazar Restaurant of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
 arrow Raaraang: An Aranyak Natyadal presentation
The play Raaraang is the story of the oppression of the colourful ethnic people named Santal. Today, Aranyak Natya Dal stages Raaraang at the Experimental Theatre Stage at 6:30 p.m.
 arrow Naptali: Varsity Theatre's 20th production
Recently, Varsity Theatre staged their brand new comedy production at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Chobi Mela II workshops start
This year's Chobi Mela III beginning on December 06 features seven workshops on different aspects of photography. The first of them--on Photo Editing--begins today at Goethe Institut at 09:30 am.
 arrow Lal Shalu...
Lal Shalu (A Tree Without Roots) will be screened in the Dubai International Film Festival. This is the first international film festival to be held in Dubai from December 6 to 11.
Internationalarrow Ukraine rivals fail to resolve stalemate
Ukraine's two rivals for power failed in nearly three hours of talks Friday to resolve the political stalemate over who will lead the bitterly divided nation, and opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko
 arrow Tigers threaten to resume war
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas yesterday declared they will renew armed struggle unless the Colombo government immediately agrees to revive peace talks based on a rebel blueprint for self-rule.
 arrow Barghuti quits race
New PLO chief Mahmud Abbas emerged yesterday as the clear contender to replace Yasser Arafat a day after jailed West Bank Fatah leader Marwan Barghuti said he would not be running in the presidentialrunoff
 arrow EU stands firm on nuclear freeze
Iran backed down in the face of fierce international pressure on Friday and dropped a demand for changes to a key agreement designed to reassure the world that Tehran does not want nuclear weapons, Western
 arrow Iraqi PM's party joins call for polls delay
The party of interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has joined a call by leading Sunni Muslim and secular parties for Jan.
 arrow South Korea inks Asean non-aggression pact
Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged Australia and New Zealand yesterday to join a non-aggression pact with the 10-country Asean group as South Korea signed on to the agreement.
 arrow 'US think-tank invites Kashmiri leaders to talks in Nepal'
Kashmiri leaders from both the Indian and Pakistani zones have been invited by US-based think-tank Pugwash to meet in Nepal to discuss the disputed region's future, Indian Kashmiri separatist leaderssaid
 arrow Sibu Soren reinducted into Indian cabinet
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday reappointed a minister dismissed four months ago for alleged involvement in the killing of 10 villagers three decades ago, officials said.
 arrow US television to air candid Diana video
Videotape of the late Princess Diana talking frankly about her sex life with Prince Charles and suggesting that a lover on her royal staff was "bumped off" will be broadcast on US television tomorrow.
 arrow US army deserter Jenkins sobs at release
Free for the first time in nearly four decades, US Army deserter Charles Jenkins sobbed with joy as he was released from a military jail on Saturday after serving 25 days for abandoning his squadron and
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhamrai incident
The news that there was an attack by armed hooligans on some Hindu families in a Dhamrai village is extremely disturbing, and so are the developments that followed it.
 arrow Editorial: Private management of railway services
We are pleased to note that the government's initiative to put railway services in the northern districts under private management has helped Bangladesh Railway (BR) move from loss to profit in the region's
 arrow Religion between culture and politics
Should the world dread the possibility of the rise of religious intolerance? Should we read into the Bush victory a not so insignificant role played by the Christian Right which appears to have blended
 arrow Understanding terrorism
There is a lot of rhetoric in Pakistan, as indeed in the world, about the need to fight terrorism, yet how much do we understand how terrorism germinates in society, how it is incubated and then proliferates?
Letters to Editorarrow Story of RAB
The RAB is doing a very good job on the field. They are handling the hardened criminals and have achieved many successes so far. People who love peace and hate terrorism must admit this truth.
 arrow A response
This letter is in response to Mr. Hussein Touhid's own rebuttal to how "Ohio has failed the world" (Wednesday, November 24, 2004). Mr.
 arrow Misplaced priority
The government has just spent Tk 35 crore to build the Ziaur Rahman Mausoleum Complex.
 arrow Hai cricket!
What more Whatmore can do? He has to get out of this misfortune in Sonar Bangla, teaching the na-balegh sona-monies how to wield a stick, not in the streets but on the playing field.
 arrow Speakers and leaders
Ours is a society infested with leaders and speakers. Actually every leader is a speaker.
Star Healtharrow Healthcare system badly needs reforms to reduce patients’ woes
There are only 1 lakh doctors for the 14 crore people of our country. A roundtable talk organised by ‘Consumers Rights Forum’ in Dhaka revealed that about 9 lakh people are totally deprived of healthcare.
 arrow Queries on breastfeeding
Breast milk is the first need of a child to survive. It is a gift from God for the child. It is tailored to the needs of the baby.
 arrow Preventing testicular injuries
It hurts to even think about it. An opponent misses a kick on the football ground and his foot has only one place to go, or you are speeding along on your bike and you hit a big bump.
 arrow Maintain hygiene and prevent jaundice
Jaundice not a disease but rather a sign. It is a sign of yellowish staining of the skin and sclerae (the whites of the eyes). The yellowing is due to abnormally blood high levels of the bile pigmentbilirubin.
 arrow Diabetes ups risk of vascular dementia
Elderly people with diabetes have an increased risk of dementia, especially so-called vascular dementia, according to new data from an ongoing Swedish study.
 arrow Poor footwear ups diabetes-related amputation risk
Among people with diabetes, wearing inadequate footwear triples the risk of lower-leg amputation, according to a report. Prompted by high rates of diabetes-related amputation rates in the Caribbean, Dr.
Star Cityarrow 700 Gulshan phones out of order for three months
About 700 phone lines of the Gulshan telephone exchange are out of order as downpour in September hit not only the poor but the elite, paralysing the entire communication system.
 arrow New Bangabazar traders reel from fire losses
The victims of last week's blaze in the New Bangabazar Hawkers' Market, the hundreds of shop-owners who have seen their means to livelihood go up in flames, are fending for themselves outside the marketplace.
 arrow Vegetable producers thrive on flood
The flood and spell of incessant rain a couple of months ago have turned out to be a positive occurrence for vegetable producers who are hoping to reap bumper crops this winter.
 arrow Khilgaon flyover likely to complete by year-end
The construction work of the city's second flyover at Khilgaon is set to complete by the year-end, three years into the start of the Tk 74 crore project.
 arrow Drug trading on rise in Old Dhaka
The residents of the old part of Dhaka are worried by the increase in the number of drug addicts and drug selling spots in recent time.
 arrow 7,000 Flock To Education Fair
The recent hype for studying abroad resulted in a 7,000 visitor turnout in the three-day international education exhibition organised by SS Business Corporation Ltd (SSBCL) held at the Dhaka Sheraton