Vol. 5 Num 188 Fri. December 03, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Fertiliser prices shoot as subsidy not doled out
A long-drawn wrangling over the farm subsidy issue has pushed prices of chemical fertiliser to a record high at this peak Rabi (winter vegetables and Boro paddy) season to the miseries of farmers struggling
 arrow JS heats up on Rab, Bangla Bhai issues
The Speaker yesterday turned down oppositions' demand to adjourn the scheduled business and discuss some issues including deaths in Rab custody and activities of Bangla Bhai, while the Treasury benchclaimed
 arrow ADB okays $80m anti-flood project
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday approved a loan of $80 million for funding a project to protect Bangladesh's secondary towns from onslaughts of floods that hit the country perennially.
 arrow Serves Them Right

 arrow PM firm to carry on anticrime drive
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday iterated her government's firm determination to continue anticrime drives to further improve the law and order.
 arrow Increased aid, export, remittance improve balance of payment
The balance of payment (BoP) situation has greatly improved thanks to a sharp rise in foreign aid inflow, reduction in trade deficit and increase in foreign remittance, says Bangladesh Bank (BB) in its
 arrow Babar says 'crossfire' has public support
The state minister for home affairs yesterday said the anticrime operations by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police would be strengthened further as the killing of hardcore criminals in "crossfire"
 arrow Biswa Ijtema begins at Tongi
The Biswa Ijtema, considered the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, begins this morning at Tongi, some 20 kilometres north of the capital, with formal speeches by Islamic scholars from
 arrow HIV makes them outcast
Rahima Akhter (not real name), a widow of 35, tested positive for HIV three years back and now lives an isolated life resigned to the incurable ailment and dire distress.
 arrow Study in Jan on deep-sea port
The government will conduct a technical and economic feasibility study for setting up a deep-sea port in the country with its own resources.
 arrow FAO chief warns of shrinking cropland
The visiting chief of FAO yesterday lauded the country's achievement in boosting food production but expressed concern over the gradual shrinkage of arable land area due to population growth.
 arrow Deer poaching spree in Rash Purnima
A large number of deer was poached in the Sundarbans in connivance with some forest officials during the three-day Rash Purnima festival in Dublar Char on November 25-27.
 arrow 'WB Immunity Bill needs more study'
It requires more time to pass the World Bank (WB) Immunity Bill as the WB wants more immunity than those of the other international financial institutions, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed told BBC Bangla Service
 arrow 5.5 kg gold chains seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday seized gold chains weighing 5.5 kilograms worth over Tk 50 lakh from a Bangladesh Biman flight.
 arrow Govt blasted for delaying accord execution
Speakers at a seminar yesterday asked all to take the problem of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as a national issue, blaming rulers' communal attitude for not implementing the CHT accord.
 arrow JS session prorogued
The 14th session of the Jatiya Sangsad, which began on October 28, was prorogued last night after 11 working days.
 arrow 9 die in road mishaps
Nine people were killed and 50 others injured in road accidents in Natore and Dhaka yesterday and the previous night.
 arrow 2 outlaws lynched, another die in 'shootout'
Two cadres of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddha faction were lynched in separate incidents in Khulna Wednesday.
 arrow More DU students found having jaundice
Thirty-five out of 282 Dhaka University (DU) students who underwent pathological tests in last two days at the DU Medical Centre were found to be suffering from jaundice.
 arrow 3 die in road accidents
Three unidentified people including a woman died in road accidents in Mirpur, Mohakhali and Khilkhet Wednesday night.
 arrow CU body to start work Dec 6
The special committee of Chittagong University (CU) formed to work out a way of cancelling all tampered certificates will finally start working on December 6 through holding a meeting.
 arrow Ctg hartal passes off peacefully
The eight-hour hartal enforced in Chittagong by city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to protest a leader's death in 'crossfire' passed off peacefully yesterday.
 arrow AI joins chorus of opposition to Malaysia's mass deportation plan
The human rights group Amnesty International yesterday joined a chorus of opposition to Malaysia's plan to arrest and deport hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, saying it could lead to serious
 arrow EU force takes over Bosnia mission
A European Union force has taken over peacekeeping in Bosnia from Nato for an operation seen as a test of the EU's military aspirations and credibility.
 arrow Bhopal remembers toxic gas leak
A series of torchlight rallies and vigils were held after darkness fell on this central Indian city yesterday as victims and activists jointly commemorated a night of horror 20 years ago when lethal gas
Businessarrow Saarc states to finalise double tax avoidance deal next week
Bangladesh and six other Saarc member countries will finalise draft of the multilateral double taxation avoidance agreement covering 14 areas in Islamabad next week.
 arrow Lever Brothers becomes Unilever Bangladesh
Lever Brothers yesterday changed its corporate name to Unilever Bangladesh, giving Bangladesh subsidiary the mainstream global identity with renewed commitment to strengthen the 'Made in Bangladesh' image.
 arrow Saifur to head for Delhi with high economic agendas
In yet another high-level political contact between India and Bangladesh, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman arrives here tomorrow for a five-day visit during which he will interact with Indian leadership
 arrow Bangladesh strategic gateway to South Asia
France is giving priority in developing trade relation with Bangladesh, considering it a strategic gateway to South Asia.
 arrow 3 cos may go public this month
Three new financial institutions including a private commercial bank and two insurance companies, seeking to raise Tk 73.
 arrow US textile businesses try to stop limit on China imports
An association of US textile importers and retailers said it has filed a lawsuit to stop the US Commerce Department from considering import quotas on Chinese products sought by textile manufacturers.
 arrow New office bearers of ins assoc
M Shamsul Alam and M Haider Chowdhury have been elected chairman and vice-chairman of Bangladesh Insurance Association by its newly elected fifteen-member Executive Committee for 2005-2006 term.
 arrow S’pore ministries to cut spending
The Singapore government has announced it will increase budget cuts for all government ministries except defence in an effort to end the budget deficit by fiscal 2005.
 arrow BCI president re-elected
AK Azad has been re-elected president of Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI).
 arrow Korea's exports hit high in Nov
With the economy yet to bear the full brunt of the strengthening won, Korea's exports hit an all-time monthly high for the second straight month in November, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
 arrow French urged to explore stock market for fund raising
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) President Habibullah Khan has urged the visiting French trade delegation to increase French investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Prestige Motors made importer of Porsche cars in Bangladesh
Boxster, 911 and Cayenne model cars of Porsche will now be available in local market as Prestige Motors Limited, a subsidiary of the Meghna Group, has been appointed official importer of Porsche in Bangladesh.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Going to script
Mohammedan Sporting Club rode on the batting of one seasoned campaigner and a refreshing tyro to record a crushing victory over minnows Indira Road Krira Chakra while there were expected first wins for
 arrow Cricket: India spin to series win
Harbhajan Singh starred in a resounding eight-wicket victory over South Africa that helped India win the two-Test series here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: 'SA missed a spinner'
South African skipper Graeme Smith Thursday admitted missing an experienced spinner in his side during the two-Test series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Anil touches Kapil
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble was praised for his never-say-die attitude after equalling Kapil Dev's Indian record 434 wickets in the second Test against South Africa on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath does Lee a favour
Glenn McGrath's rest as reward has paved the way for speedster Brett Lee to return to the Australian cricket team for Sunday's first one-day clash against New Zealand here at Docklands Stadium.
 arrow Tennis: Pistol Pete sings Federer's praises
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras believes Roger Federer could match his long stint as the world's dominant tennis player.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha keep it safe
Muktijoddha Sangsad officials collected tokens from their key players yesterday, the second day of Bangladesh Football Federation's token handover programme.
 arrow Hockey: Maiden win for Sonali Bank
Sonali Bank tasted their first victory in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League after two draws when they blanked Wari Club 4-0 at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Laxman, Kumble out of BD ODIs
Middle-order batsman Vangi-purappu Laxman has been left out of India's 15-player squad named on Thursday for a one-day series in Bangladesh this month.
 arrow Cricket: India move to third place
India have broken into the top three in the International Cricket Council's Test Championship table for the first time since the ranking system was introduced three and a half years ago.
 arrow Chess: Div I chess
Leonine Chess Club kept a two-point lead in the table halfway through the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India's eyes on Pakistan series
Indian cricket selectors feel the coming tour of Bangladesh later this month will provide a good warm-up for the tougher home series against Pakistan in January-February.
 arrow Football: Zidane sees brighter days
Zinedine Zidane is convinced Real Madrid are about to hit top gear and make up for last season's trophyless campaign.
 arrow Football: South America can't decide
South America is undecided on the future of its World Cup qualifying competition after deciding to ditch the controversial league format that has infuriated European clubs.
 arrow Football: Adriano getting there
Inter Milan striker Adriano was recently described by his Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira as being like horse and it is not only his physique that makes the simile appropriate.
 arrow Football: Fergie laughs last again
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson celebrated achieving his latest sporting and psychological victory over Arsenal by driving another nail into his deteriorating relationship with Gunners boss Arsene
 arrow Cricket: Distinction for Pollock
South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock completed a rare Test double on the final day of the second Test against India at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: An example for Bangladesh?
Tunisia, where women enjoy a status unparalleled in the Arab world, has launched a female football league with an eye on raising a competitive side for the Beijing Olympics.
 arrow Football: Relief for Gullit
Dutch club Feyenoord beat German side Schalke 2-1 on Wednesday to make the last 32 of the UEFA Cup and ease the pressure on under-fire boss Ruud Gullit.
 arrow Football: 20,000 want to be volunteers
Around 20,000 would-be volunteers have offered their services for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, leaving organisers confident they will find the 15,000 they need to help out at the tournament.
Culturearrow Vignettes of a bygone era
The Liberation War Museum gets enriched with the largest collection of documents of the country's Liberation War.
 arrow Madhobi: Zeroing into gender inequality
Theatre's play Madhobi is an adaptation from.the Hindu mythological epic the Mahabharata. Madhobi will be staged today at the Experimental Theatre Stage at 6:30 p.m.
 arrow Diversity in the drama festival
At a recent press conference organised by the Dhaka Reporters' Unity, in connection with the ongoing drama festival titled 'Diversity in Design' Abdullah Al Mamun said, 'There is diversity in the scripts
 arrow Fatema's 40-year stint with music
It is now 40 long years since popular Nazrul singer Fatema Tuz Zohra first enthralled the audience with her musical performance.
 arrow South Asian Film Festival screens Matir Moina
Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), the internationally acclaimed film directed by Tareque Masud and produced by Catherine Masud, has been selected for screening at this year's South Asian International
 arrow Padatik awards...

Generalarrow 'Ensure justice to establish global peace'
Speakers at an Islamic conference yesterday stressed the need for ensuring justice to establish global peace.
 arrow Persuade our neighbour to stop unilateral withdrawal of water
Minister for Environment and Forest Tariqul Islam yesterday sought the UN assistance to protect the country from the adverse effects of climate change and persuade a neighbouring country to stop unilateral
 arrow 3 get death, 4 life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three people to death and four others to life term imprisonment for killing a sari trader in Tangail district.
 arrow 'Quality edn a must to face challenges of globalisation'
Students must be equipped with world standard education and skills to face the challenges of globalisation and contribute to the development of the country, State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque
 arrow 'Form nat'l commission for women'
A three-day workshop ended in the city on Wednesday with a call for forming a National Commission for Women, says a press release .
 arrow FAO support to agri dev will continue
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will continue to encourage all efforts to agriculture development in Bangladesh as it has a dominant role in the economy and employment of the country.
 arrow Int'l Day of Disabled Persons today
The 13th International Day of Disabled Persons will be observed today in the country and around the world with a renewed commitment to ensuring equal rights and privileges of the disabled in the society.
 arrow 'Rab crossfire a tool to resist opposition movement'
Awami League (AL) Joint Secretary Obaidul Kader yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition has resorted to crossfire of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) as a tool to resist the opposition movement includingthe
 arrow DU English deptt alumni get-together Jan 7
The English Department Alumni Society of Dhaka University (DU) will organise its annual Alumni Get-together 2004 at the department on January 7 next year, says a press release.
 arrow Nat'l Computer Programming Contest from today
The National Computer Programming Contest 2004 is set to be inaugurated at 6:00 pm today at the Kumira Campus of International Islamic University of Chittagong (IIUC).
 arrow Sabu, Badsha elected DRU president, secy
Shafiqul Karim Sabu of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha and Shakhawat Hossain Badsha of the Daily Inquilab have been elected president and general secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).
 arrow Rina's pickle adjudged pickle of the year
Prize giving ceremony of Pran-Prothom Alo National Pickle Competition-2004 was held on November 30 at Osmani Memorial Hall in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Care observes World Aids Day
Care Bangladesh observed the World Aids Day in collaboration with government, more than 100 partner NGOs and media across the country, says a press release.
 arrow 2 outlaws held
Detective Branch of Police arrested two people, including a woman, from near the met office at Gallamari Road under Batiaghata thana and recovered a 9mm pistol loaded with four bullets from their possession.
 arrow Fire at garment office in Ctg
Garment accessories, computers and furniture were gutted in a fire at an office at Agrabad Commercial Area yesterday morning.
 arrow Two arrested
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two outlaws with a West Germany-made revolver.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Seven years of CHT accord
Seven years have gone by since the CHT peace accord was signed by the previous AL government and the representatives of the indigenous CHT people.
 arrow Editorial: Jaundice in DU
Ajaundiced eye approach to the jaundice outbreak in the Dhaka University residential halls -- this could perhaps be a more appropriate title to what happened in parliament on Wednesday centring
 arrow Our policeman's predicament
Law-enforcement activities or the lack of it occupies a disproportionately large space of our print and electronic media.
 arrow Feeling for others
If you look in the mirror, what you see is your own likeness. Now take that visual experience and sublimate it to the emotional level. Compassion is when you feel the pain of another person as your own.
 arrow Japanese troops likely to stay in Iraq for one more year
As the Iraqi city of Fallujah joins the rank of once flourishing human habitats leveled to the ground by systematic and well-planned assaults of the mighty and powerful, Japan continues a heated debate
Letters to Editorarrow ‘Mistakenly' reallocated land'
The news on the above subject (DS: 21/11/04) rightly prompted an editorial (22/11/04).
 arrow Depleted uranium in Iraqi cities
The weekly Guardian recently published an article stating that British soldiers returning from the Gulf will be offered tests on the levels of depleted uranium in their bodies to check if they are indanger
 arrow Life in Bangladesh
I deeply appreciate your publishing the article "Development Bangladeshi Style" written by Ms. Chieko Yasuda ( DS 17 October, 2004 ). I thank Ms.
 arrow Letters
I have been writing letters since childhood.
 arrow "Ohio has failed the world"
The following message is a response to Mr. AF Rahman's letter published on November 29, 2004:
 arrow Role of judiciary
My attention was drawn to the lead news published in your daily of 30 November under the caption "Nine bureaucrats face contempt proceedings".
 arrow Why first name only?
The Daily Star printed the Point-Counterpoint article of Dr.
 arrow Development of Airport Road
We appreciate the work so far done by the communication ministry in improving the Airport Road to international standard under the DUTP.
 arrow Public toilets
I have been amused and at the same time surprised to read the DCC's scrambling to construct some public toilets (DS Nov.
 arrow RAB operations
I agree with what Muftah Wali has said about the RAB, and would like to add something to that. In my opinion, capturing a criminal does not mean much. Because every criminal is created by a godfather.
 arrow RAB and human rights
The concept of democracy that it is meant for 'the greatest good for the greatest number' has never been so in practice in Bangladesh.
 arrow Coconut cultivation
The Bangladesh government has a commendable plan of planting about ten million coconut saplings in the country.
 arrow Biman's image
Recently, I went to a trip to New Delhi and learnt that even the garbage disposal was being privatised in the city in order to make it efficient and recyclable.
 arrow RAB and law and order
Four reports in your newspaper (25 and 26 Nov., 2004) have given me something good to write about, for a change.
 arrow Announcement
The joy and pride of Bijoy Dibash is again with us.
International Disability Day arrow Disability movement in Bangladesh
In 1992 3rd December was proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Disability Day to and acknowledge the experience and capabilities of the people with disability.
 arrow Country profile on disability
People with disabilities in Bangladesh, in most cases, do not have access to their rights and entitlements.
Worldarrow Sharon firm on pullout despite coalition crisis
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged yesterday to see through his controversial plan to pull troops and settlers out of Gaza despite kicking his last remaining coalition partner out of government.
 arrow Philippines storm toll may cross 1,000 mark
Nearly 1,000 people are dead or missing after a storm triggered landslides and floods in the Philippines this week, rescuers said yesterday as a new and even more powerful deadly typhoon approached the
 arrow Ukraine rivals agrees on fresh election
Ukraine's bitter presidential rivals now agree on a need for a new election -- but the how and when are still contentious questions that could deepen the country's raging political crisis.
 arrow Moscow, Delhi agree on defence cooperation
Moscow has offered to firm up strategic defence partnership with New Delhi to develop high-tech weapon systems jointly and sought early conclusion of an intellectual property accord to snub leakage of
 arrow US announces more troops for Iraq
The United States announced plans Wednesday to increase its forces in Iraq to their highest levels since last year's invasion, as the country's interim government engaged in a flurry of contacts to rally
 arrow Norway in fresh talks as LTTE strike shuts Lankan districts
Peacebroker Norway held fresh talks with Tamil Tiger guerrillas yesterday as a rebel-backed strike shut down northern regions in protest against disruptions to their weekend commemorations of civil war
 arrow UN members voice support for Annan
United Nations member states voiced support for Secretary General Kofi Annan after a US senator called for him to resign over possible fraud in Iraq's oil-for-food programme.
 arrow US offers amnesty to Taliban
US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad yesterday offered an olive branch to Taliban insurgents, calling on them to lay down their arms in return for an amnesty.
 arrow Brother of Arafat dies in Egypt
Fathi Arafat, brother of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, died of cancer in the Egyptian capital Wednesday at the age of 67, a Palestinian diplomat here said.
 arrow UN launches book on rice recipes
From flattened rice delight in Bangladesh to Britain's traditional rice pudding, the United Nations has published a book of 300 rice recipes to mark the end of the International Year of Rice, its editor
 arrow Thousands of civilians flee clashes in Congo: UN
Thousands of civilians were yesterday fleeing clashes near the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo town of Goma between Rwandan Hutu rebels and unidentified opponents, a senior UN official told AFP.
 arrow US slaps ban on 5 Chinese, DPRK entities
The United States has imposed sanctions on four Chinese entities, including a state-run firm, and one North Korean company for selling weapons or cruise and ballistic missile technology and equipmentto