Vol. 5 Num 186 Wed. December 01, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Cabinet body talks cross-border gas pipeline today
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs may today decide about a private company proposal to set up a gas pipeline extending from Myanmar via Tripura, India through Bangladesh and ending in West Bengal.
 arrow Discontent still brews on slack implementation
Seven years after the signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord on December 2, 1997, discontent persists in the region as the government did not fully implement the accord.
 arrow 'Crossfire' kills 4
Four people -- a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadre of Chittagong, a Jubo League activist of Narayanganj, a wanted criminal of Sutrapur and an outlawed partisan of Chuadanga -- died yesterday in 'crossfire'
 arrow Aman shortfall keeps rice price high even in harvest
High prices of rice prevail in the northern districts amid all indications of a production shortfall of Aman and poor people in the region are yet to recover from the effects of this year's severe monga
 arrow Highest bidder picked violating rule
The submarine cable project sinks into further uncertainty as the telecoms ministry has controversially selected the highest bidder, instead of the lowest one, to install the Cox's Bazar-Chittagong optical
 arrow Treasury bench Silent on AL demand for explanation
Treasury bench members in parliament yesterday kept mum when the main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers sought explanation from the government on the killings in 'crossfire' involving Rapid Action
 arrow Moudud rejects HR violation Allegation
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday brushed aside the allegation of human rights violation by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), saying members of the elite force have 'right to defence' when under attack
 arrow Rab raids money exchange firms, seizes Tk 1cr bills
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday raided 11 money exchange firms in Purana Paltan in the capital and seized some Tk 1 crore in what it claimed were unauthorised local and foreign currencies.
 arrow Births, deaths must be recorded
Parliament yesterday passed a bill making registration of birth and death of Bangladeshi citizens mandatory.
 arrow Preparatory bodies miss report deadline
Until yesterday, only three out of the 10 sub-committees convened and assigned with specific tasks by the 13th Saarc summit preparatory cell have handed in their progress reports, although the cell wanted
 arrow Catching up...

 arrow Tullow strikes gas in block 9
Irish company Tullow Oil along with Canadian Niko Resources and Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) have struck a second gas field in block 9 in Bangora, close to Comilla, Tullow announced
 arrow War crimes case filed against Rumsfeld, others in Germany
An international legal team filed a criminal complaint in Germany yesterday against US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top US officials over the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq.
 arrow PM calls to free campuses from conflict
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all to work together to build up an educated nation and keep the campuses free from conflicts and controversies.
 arrow 4 abducted girls rescued, 2 held for kidnapping
Police yesterday rescued four abducted teenage girls from Gabtoli bus terminal in the capital and later arrested two people for the abduction.
 arrow Women's swimming falls victim to bigots
Islamic fundamentalists might have lost a battle in Dhaka a couple of months ago but they came out winners in Chandpur on Tuesday when they stopped women from swimming in the Eighth national long-distance
 arrow 200 shanties gutted in Ctg
A devastating fire gutted over 200 shanties of a slum near Central Railway Building (CRB) in the port city yesterday.
 arrow JS adjourned after MP falls sick
Parliament was suddenly adjourned yesterday as a lawmaker fell seriously ill while he was speaking on a call attention notice about the problems of his constituency.
 arrow Indian minister to push for gas pipeline through Bangladesh
Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar will be in Dhaka during the 13th Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit to push hard for a pipeline to carry natural gas from Myanmar
 arrow Pakistan enacts law allowing Musharraf to remain army chief
Pakistan's acting president Muhammadmian Soomro yesterday enacted a controversial law allowing President Pervez Musharraf to remain chief of the powerful army, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said.
 arrow Philippine storm toll tops 300
The death toll from landslides and flash floods in the eastern Philippines jumped to nearly 340 with 150 others missing Tuesday, after a second rainstorm hit a region still reeling from last week's deadly
 arrow FAO DG flies in today
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director General Jacques Diouf arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
 arrow Opposition asks why India did not return Tin Bigha
Opposition and independent members in parliament yesterday raised a volley of questions as to why `Tin Bigha' corridor was not handed over by India to Bangladesh even after the lapse of 30 years.
 arrow Ctg AL leader, 28 others sued for assault on police
A police constable yesterday sued Chittagong City Awami League Organising Secretary Afsarul Amin and 28 others for assaulting and obstructing him from carrying out his duty on Monday.
Businessarrow French entrepreneurs plan investment, not trading
French entrepreneurs want to develop ties with their Bangladeshi counterparts with the focus on investment in Bangladesh, not trading, a high profile delegation said yesterday.
 arrow CAG's audit reports need to be discussed in parliament
A minister fretted over the ceremonial works of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) whose only job is to prepare audit report and submit it to Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament.
 arrow SEC fines two errant cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has penalised two listed companies Tk 1 lakh each for their failure to submit half-yearly financial statement.
 arrow Russia keen to explore oil, gas in Bangladesh
Russia has expressed interest to invest in deep-sea oil and gas exploration, coal mine development and oil refinery in Bangladesh.
 arrow Seafood fair fetches Tk 350cr spot orders
Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) received spot orders worth Tk 350 crore from European and other buyers during the "International Conference on Aquaculture and Bangladesh SeafoodExpo-2004".
Sportsarrow Cricket: Victoria play like champions
Victoria Sporting Club erased me-mories of a wretched start in the Green Delta Premier Cricket League when the reigning champions handed a 42-run defeat to star-studded Old DOHS at the Dhan-mondi Cricket
 arrow Hockey: Mohammedan toil for victory
Mohammedan Sporting Club laboured for the second match in a row before they eked out a victory over lowly Azad Sporting Club in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Another Sharif show in Biman's win
Bangladesh Bi-man and Agrani Bank maintained hundred per cent records in the Premier Cricket League winning their respective matches yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid gives India lead
Rahul Dravid's patient knock of 80 helped India take a useful first innings lead against South Africa in the second and final Test at Eden Gardens on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies do it in style
Australia crushed New Zealand by 213 runs on the final day of the second cricket Test to clinch a series clean sweep at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Million dollar question
Australia's crushing 213-run defeat of New Zealand to claim a comprehensive Test series sweep over New Zealand here Tuesday has raised the burning question in world cricket: just who will challenge the
 arrow Cricket: Ponting awaits Akhtar
Skipper Ricky Ponting said Tuesday Australia were ready for the "antics" of Pakistan's express bowler Shoaib Akhtar in next month's home three-Test series.
 arrow Football: Biggies to test reserve power
Arsenal return to Old Trafford for the first time since last month's infamous "Battle of the Buffet" when they face arch-rivals Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo rates Eng highly
New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming says England will have to play extremely well to beat Australia in next year's Ashes series, but they have the players to do it.
 arrow Football: BFF introduces token system today
For the first time the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will hand over tokens from today to footballers taking part in the inter-club transfers.
 arrow Chess: Niaz draws yet Leonine atop
Grand Master Niaz Murshed shared point but aspirants Leonine Chess Club still maintained their all-win record in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League at the end of Round Six at the federationhall
 arrow Cricket: Australia call Katich back
Axed Test batsman Simon Katich was Tuesday selected in a 14-man Australian squad for the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series against New Zealand starting in Melbourne on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Pentala champ, Parag 28th
Bangladesh national junior champion Mehdi Hasan Parag finished 28th in the 43rd World Junior Chess Championship held at Kochi in Kerela of India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Q'land move into strong position
Pace bowlers Andy Bichel and Joe Dawes combined to place Queens-land in a commanding position at stumps on the second day of their Sheffield Shield cricket match against Tasmania at the Gabba here onTuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwi wins at Adelaide!
New Zealand finally broke through for a win at Australia's expense at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, but it wasn't at cricket - it was a foot race.
 arrow Gatlin, Hayes win top US awards
Triple Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin and Olympic record-holding hurdler Joanna Hayes are this year's winners of US athletics highest honour - the Jesse Owens Awards.
 arrow Tennis: Serena, Venus to play at HK challenge
Six-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has confirmed she will join sister Venus to complete an impressive line-up at an annual invitational tournament in Hong Kong next year, organisers said Monday.
 arrow Football: Tevez Brazil bound?
Carlos Tevez, one of the key architects in Argentina's Olympic gold medal success in Athens, is on the move from Boca Juniors to Brazilian first division side Corinthians in a deal worth 20 million dollars.
Nationalarrow Barisal BM College closed sine die amid students' agitation
Amid mounting student's agitation in the city following Saturday's clashes with transport workers, the Government Brojo Mohan College was declared closed sine die yesterday.
 arrow Exodus for education to India
Rangpur: The trend of Bangla-deshis sending their children to West Bengal's Darjiling district for education is increasing alarmingly.
 arrow Meeting with Sylhet Mayor produces no result
A meeting on Monday between female ward commissioners and Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran on the 'dispute' between male and female commissioners ended without any positive
 arrow Indian move for Barak river dam in Manipur protested
Speakers at a big rally here on Saturday protested an Indian move to create a massive embankment on the Barak river at Tipaimukh point in Manipur state.
 arrow Lessons and recreation for the poor
Forty poor children aged one to five years get educational and recreational facilities for five days a week at a day care centre here at a nominal rate.
 arrow MBBS result in Barisal withheld
Publication of final year MBBS examination results of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSBMC) has been withheld due to alleged question leakage.
 arrow Galloping price hike of LP gas in Rangamati
Price of LP gas increased in Rangamati, allegedly due to shortage in supply.
 arrow A rejoinder
The Police Headquarters in Dhaka has given a rejoinder to a report titled "Teen raped by ruling party 'hoodlums' in Satkhira" published in The Daily Star on November 20.
Culturearrow 2nd International Film Festival begins today
The next 16 days offer a veritable bonanza for film lovers. The much awaited 2nd International Film Festival Bangladesh takes off today.
 arrow Behind-the-curtain activists
Backstage theatre activists play a key role behind the curtains: preparing and serving tea and cleaning the rehearsal room and what not.
 arrow Shampan Naiya: A fishermen's tale
Shampan Naiya is a folk tale. The play portrays the lifestyle of the fishermen living at the southeast coast of the country, whose life greatly depends upon the tides of the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow Benson & Hedges Star Search '04 concludes
The Bangladesh music industry held yet another star-studded Benson & Hedges Star Search 2004.
 arrow Cook, win and fly to UK!
If you spend most of your time experimenting with new recipes, get ready to hone your skills because internationally acclaimed cook Tommy Miah's Institute of Hospitality Management is set to hold a first
Generalarrow Tk 12,520cr lost a year for land litigation
The families of plaintiffs and defendants in land cases lose property and assets worth Tk 12,520 crore a year, according to a research report launched at National Museum Auditorium in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Media can play role to overcome bilateral issues'
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said bilateral issues between India and Bangladesh can be overcome by the media taking a more 'rational approach' to foster understanding rather than confrontation.
 arrow 2 brothers get death
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two brothers to death and six others to life term imprisonment for killing a youth in Munshiganj district in 2002.
 arrow CU reconstitutes probe body
Chittagong University authorities reconstituted the investigation committee to take the final decision about the fate of its 111 LLB students allegedly involved in the latest certificate scandal.
 arrow World Aids Day today
The World Aids Day will be observed today amid fears of widespread prevalence of HIV/Aids because of the high risk behaviour by the injecting drug users, commercial sex workers and migrants.
 arrow Interview begins tomorrow
The interview of the candidates for the 'Leadership Development Course' organised by the Centre for Governance Studies will be held on December 2 and 3, says a press release.
 arrow Children's art exhibition
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh in association with Brac Concord Land Limited organised an art exhibition for children titled "Colour Your Dream House" on its Gulshan
Internationalarrow Nov deadliest month for US troops in Iraq
A US soldier and four Iraqi civilians died in a spate of attacks yesterday, capping one of the deadliest months since the war and setting a bloody backdrop for efforts to keep landmark polls on schedule.
 arrow India signs partnership pact with Asean states
Heralding a new era in their relations, India and 10 Asean countries yesterday signed a historic partnership pact for peace, progress and shared prosperity and pledged to cooperate in fighting international
 arrow Fresh Ukraine polls seems likely
Some form of new election in Ukraine appeared increasingly likely as the Supreme Court and parliament both sit yesterday to try to resolve a week-long crisis triggered by a disputed presidential poll.
 arrow Musharraf foresees peace with India
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf heads to Sao Paulo to meet with Brazilian business leaders yesterday, on the last day of his visit Latin America's biggest and richest country.
 arrow Guantanamo Bay tactics 'tantamount to torture'

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has accused the US military of using tactics "tantamount to torture" on prisoners at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, The New York Times reported

 arrow Chopper crashes in US: 7 American soldiers killed
An Army helicopter carrying a brigadier general and six other soldiers crashed and burned in the fog Monday after hitting a web of support wires on a TV transmission tower whose warning lights had been
Editorialarrow Editorial: Women's representation
The Jatiya Sangsad's enactment of a law on women's reserved seats in parliament has three elements.
 arrow Editorial: Buckling under zealot pressure?
A section of ultra-orthodox elements has long been objecting to participation of women in outdoor sports. Not long ago, they tried to stop a girls' football tournament in Dhaka.
 arrow Political culture of renaming
The recent decision of National University (NU) authorities to name NU as Ziaur Rahman National University has been termed by noted academics as "unfortunate and morally unacceptable" (The Daily Star,
 arrow A new India policy needed
Let's face facts. The Composite Dialogue, despite much contrived goodwill on both sides, is going nowhere.
 arrow The biotechnology debate
The debate on merits and demerits of the use of transgenic crops in our country first started in 1998 and in the last five years quite a good number of commentary articles written by scientists, journalists
Letters to Editorarrow Forty years of change
Forty years ago (in the 1960s) life was simpler and had more routine in Dhaka, compared to today's belligerent but empty political poses, destroying political, national, social, cultural, personal and
 arrow No room for optimism?
People call me a pessimist, I don't mind that. But I have a vague conception of optimism and pessimism. When you think of Bangladesh as the most corrupt country in the world, that is a pessimistic thought.
 arrow To the US and Israel...
The United States is called the superpower and we think it would be appropriate to call Israel the 'adviser' to the superpower. It is controlling everything in America, it's wish is the command.
 arrow Bush's win and the future of world
The dramatic win of Bush over Kerry in the US presidential election startled the world. Bush's war against terrorism is at last appreciated by his countrymen.
 arrow Unkind words
It was really worrying to read Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda's comment on the security of Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow "Ohio has failed the world"
Many Americans have responded angrily to the Point Counter Point article by Mr. Ali. They have argued that the majority of Americans voted for values.
 arrow Spiderman tickets
I appreciate the joke about the Spiderman ticket prices on the cartoon published in connection with the "Top criminals prefer jail to bail for Rab" on your Friday front page, but I do not agree with the
 arrow Everything is bad!
Through the last five and a half years, I have had the opportunity to have invitations to and attending about seventy five seminars, symposiums and workshops on issues which usually affect our national
 arrow Leisure-hour society
Why we are still a leisure-hour society, after the valiant sacrifices in 1971? We are still adda-baaz and phaki-baaz, looking for excuses all the time for personal gains.
 arrow How to look at Pakistan?
Many Bangladeshis today are not sure how to look at Pakistan after more than 30 years of the creation of Bangladesh (one generation has passed).
 arrow Is GPA 5.00 an effective indicator ?
This year the number of GPA 5.00 holders in SSC exams touched a record 8597. Addition of credit from the fourth subject led to this hike in gradation. This means a student who had the GPA 5.
 arrow Future of shrimp cultivation
It is needless to mention that shrimp cultivation in the southern part of our country plays a vital role in earning foreign exchange and has generated employment for thousands of people.
World Aids Day Specialarrow Impact of HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS is classified as the deadliest epidemic of our time. Over 22 million people have lost their lives and almost double are currently living with HIV/AIDS.
 arrow How can the world overcome AIDS
WORLD AIDS Day is 16 years old today.
 arrow HIV in Bangladesh
The HIV epidemic in Bangladesh, from an epidemiological perspective, is evolving rapidly.
 arrow National response to HIV/AIDS
Bangladesh is still fortunate to be a low prevalent country in the region. Having 136 million populations, the reported cases of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh is very low (363 reported cases as of Dec, 2003).
 arrow Equality for women helps fight AIDS
WORLD AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1 throughout the world. "Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS," is the theme of this year 2004.
StarTecharrow Motorola unfolds Canopy in Bangladesh
FINDING a hassle-free broadband connection for my office has always been one of my crucial tasks as an IT Strategist.
 arrow Seminars@SOFTEXPO 2004
WITH the five day-long SOFTEXPO 2004 coming to an end on Monday, the nation finally caught the glimpse of the future prospects of an ICT driven Bangladesh.
 arrow Radio communication to help save lives in flood-prone areas
MOTOROLA, the global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies, donated radio communication equipment to CARE, the international humanitarian organisation, to help improve
Star Chittagongarrow Ctg tense over Victory Day celebrations
Political division over the celebration of Victory Day in the port city is marring the sanctity of the spirit of the War of Liberation as rivals lock horns over the venue of a fair like in the previous
 arrow Sprawling city slums give rise to crime
Increasing number of slums in the port city, the second largest metropolis, is raising concern among the dwellers as those are giving rise to criminal and anti-social activities.
 arrow Connecting people...

Star Cityarrow Work on Swadhinata Stambha to finally begin
Swadhinata Stambha, a monument of Independence at Suhrawardy Uddyan, is finally expected to complete in June 2006 after it remained half-done for three years.
 arrow Fire department sounds alarm
The Fire Service and Civil Defence Department has warned that in the event of an earthquake or a large-scale fire, the city would experience massive loss of lives and properties as they are still incapable
 arrow Security beefed up in diplomatic enclave
Security in the diplomatic enclave of Gulshan and adjoining areas has been beefed up after the Norwegian ambassador in Dhaka was mugged last week.
 arrow Overlooked underpass at Gulistan
Even after three years of the construction of the Gulistan underpass more people are choosing to weave through traffic at the busy intersection rather than use the underpass made for the 'convenienceof
 arrow Shishu Park renovation delayed
Renovation of the Central Shishu Park may miss its proposed deadline, as the project concept paper (PCP) is still lying with the planning commission.
 arrow Local trees replace older ones after 30 years to beautify Zia Udyan
Around 500 trees of various species have been felled after 30 years for the beautification of the graveyard of president Ziaur Rahman at Zia Udyan.