Vol. 5 Num 190 Sun. December 05, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka to tag strings to allowing gas pipeline
Bangladesh will allow a proposed tri-nation gas pipeline to be drawn from Myanmar through its territory if India lets Bangladesh use its land to transit goods to and from Nepal and removes barriers to
 arrow Date with death on the road
Last year alone 4,749 road accidents claimed nearly 4,000 lives and seriously injured over 3,500 people around the country, according to the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).
 arrow Govt limps halfway as deadline nears end
The government is only halfway to achieving its target of converting over half of its petrol and diesel vehicles into compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling by December 2004, said sources in the government
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 arrow One killed in Rab crossfire
A man with criminal records was killed while another person accompanying him injured reportedly in a shootout involving Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Keraniganj in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Akheri munajat today
The three-day Biswa Ijtema on the bank of Turag River in the suburban town of Tongi is set to end today with akheri munajat (final prayer).
 arrow More controversial recruitment at RU on the cards
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have initiated the process of yet another controversial recruitment, this time of three teachers to Social Work department and six teachers to Islamic Historyand
 arrow 4.5m disabled kids cry for care
Disabled children have the potential to grow up like other children and be involved in socio-economic activities.
 arrow Shun partisanship in cultural arena
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the cultural activists to wage a strong cultural movement, shunning partisanship to establish people's rights to recreation along with their basic needs.
 arrow SM Ali's 76th anniversary of birth today
Today is the 76th birth anniversary of Syed Mohammad Ali, better known as SM Ali, Founder Editor of The Daily Star.
SM Ali was born in Sylhet in 1928.

 arrow Riip to help farmers reap better return
Dusk is falling. A middle-aged farmer is heard singing in an undertone. He is coming from the fields in a bull cart laden with the day's harvest along an under-construction feeder road that runs 15.
 arrow Twin blasts outside Iraq police station
In the second major assault on Baghdad's police force in two days, two car bombs exploded next to an Iraqi police station just outside Baghdad's Green Zone yesterday, killing seven people and wounding
 arrow Suhrawardy's anniversary of death today
The nation today remembers respectfully Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, one of the great leaders of undivided India, on his 41st death anniversary.
 arrow Threat to loot radio transmitter at Bandarban
Miscreants have allegedly threatened to loot the newly installed Bandarban Betar Kendra's (radio centre) 10-kilowatt transmitter as it disrupted electronic networking systems among "the terrorists," sources
 arrow Iraq suicide attacks kill 14, injure 59
Suicide attackers carried out a string of car bombings against Iraqi policemen in Baghdad and Kurdish militiamen in the north, killing 14 people and wounding at least 59 yesterday in the latest majorassaults
 arrow Contempt rule on four dailies
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a suo moto rule on the editors and five others of four national dailies asking them to explain why it should not draw up contempt charges against them for publishing
 arrow Bush hosts Musharraf for war on terror talks
President Bush has a lot to talk about with his main Muslim ally in the war on terror, and at the top of the list is the US-Pakistan alliance itself.
 arrow Govt plans law for improving CNG standards
State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said the government is considering passing the CNG (Compressed Natural Gas )Act in parliament for development of codes
 arrow Work on tunnel road from March
Work on a tunnel road from Shaheed Jahangir Gate to Agargaon intersection will start in March next under a plan for minimising traffic jam and easing transport movement along the Old Airport Road.
 arrow Hepatitis E main cause of jaundice at DU
Institute of Entomology, Diseases Control and Research (IEDCR) identified hepatitis E virus as the main cause of jaundice at Dhaka University (DU) that affected around five hundred students.
 arrow Explosives carrier admits to Harkat-ul link
Anisur Rahman, the man detained for carrying explosives, has confessed under interrogation of JIC in Dhaka to having links with Islamist militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad.
 arrow Pepsi music mela from tomorrow
A month-long 'Pepsi music mela' begins tomorrow at Musical Café of Dhaka Billiard Centre (DBC) at Gulshan in the capital.
 arrow Arrest warrant against Jubo Dal leader Kajal
A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrant of arrest against Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajal and seven others for the triple murder of an Old Dhaka businessman, his son and chauffeur in March this year.
 arrow BCL agitates at Ctg to protest Mohim killing
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) city unit yesterday staged demonstration in front of Chittagong Press Club to protest the death of its central leader Mohim in 'crossfire' in Rapid Action Battalion's (Rab)
 arrow Rumsfeld stays put
Overcoming criticism about his handling of Iraq, Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has won a strong vote of confidence from President Bush and will remain at the Pentagon.
 arrow Rangamati freedom fighters, disabled break hunger on promise of remedy
Freedom fighters and the disabled of Rangamati yesterday broke their fast unto death six hours into the programme on assurance from authorities that their demands will be met.
Businessarrow Government clueless over fate of divested state-owned enterprises
The government is ignorant of the present status of the state-owned enterprises (SoEs) it divested in over a decade of privatisation history due to absence of any monitoring mechanism.
 arrow Govt urged to ensure benefits in case of retrenchment
Bangladesh National Council (BNC) of Textiles Garment and Leather Workers urged the government to ensure legal benefits for workers as per the labour laws if they are retrenched from jobs.
 arrow Diversification key to reviving jute industry
Jute diversification is now the best means to restore the country's jute industry and government should pay more attention in this regard, Jute and Textile Minister Shajahan Siraj said at a press conference
 arrow Pizza Hut celebrates 1st yr with special meal offer
Pizza Hut yesterday announced an exclusive meal offer for Tk 99 celebrating its first year in Bangladesh.
 arrow OECD tells weaker nations to prepare for textile big bang
The abolition of textiles quotas on January 1, spells trouble for countries that fail to adapt to giants, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says.
 arrow Global cos cautious on high energy price, weak dollar
Companies around the world reported the chill effects of high energy prices and a falling dollar this week, but barometers of aggregate global economic activity continue to flash more positive signals.
 arrow Tk3.6cr Danish grant for mobile phone messaging services
Denmark has approved Tk 3.
 arrow 11-day women entrepreneurs' workshop begins in Sylhet
An eleven-day training workshop for women entrepreneurs began at Tikorpara village of Beanibazar in Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow MCCI delegation leaves for Delhi
A 20-member delegation of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), yesterday left for New Delhi to attend the Economic Summit 2004, organised by the World Economic Forum.
 arrow Indian forex reserve hits $126b on Nov 26
India's foreign exchange reserves rose to a record $126.923 billion on Nov. 26 from $125.098 billion a week earlier, the Reserve Bank of India said in its weekly statistical supplement yesterday.
 arrow New EU finance chief slams call for budget cut
The EU's new budget chief criticised calls by the bloc's richest states to limit EU spending to one percent of gross national income (GNI), saying it would not amount to a freeze but a big funding cut.
Sportsarrow Cricket: MSC march on
There were no upsets in the Green Delta Premier Division Cricket League on Saturday as Mohammedan Sporting Club stormed to their third successive victory while holders Victoria Sporting Club drowned Orient
 arrow Cricket: Solanki zaps Zimbabwe
Vikram Solanki smashed a brilliant century to lead England to an eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the third one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan cruise, India thrashed
The Netherlands, Spain and hosts Pakistan showed no signs of opening-day blues as they breezed through the start of the men's Champions Trophy field hockey here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne admirer of Clarke
Shane Warne has handed over his one-day No. 23 uniform to rising star Michael Clarke, saying he loves the youngster's approach to cricket.
 arrow Cricket: 'Gazza' reveals Hansie's greed
Gary Kirsten has provided an insight into the money-hungry ways of deceased former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje in a new autobiography.
 arrow Hockey: Mohammedan rout Railway
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club thumped lowly Dhaka Railway 5-0 to continue their winning run in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool in distress
Once an all-conquering force in European football, Liverpool stand at a crossroads following a traumatic week off the pitch.
 arrow Football: Owen modestly satisfied
England striker Michael Owen says he is content to do his talking on the pitch and hope that his prolific scoring record will eventually earn him a place in Real Madrid's starting line-up.
 arrow Cricket: BCB wants to get closer to team
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to talk exclusively with the team's think-tank ahead of the forthcoming home series against India.
 arrow Hockey: Mariner threaten to boycott hockey league
Mariner Youngs Club threatened to boycott the ongoing Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League if matches were not conducted by foreign umpires.
 arrow Chess: Easy wins for leaders
Three giants -- Leonine, Muktijo-ddha and Biman -- won their respective boards in the tenth round games of the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Arnold back in Lankan squad
Sri Lanka on Friday have recalled middle-order batsman Russel Arnold for their tour of New Zealand.
 arrow Athletics: Ma's final goodbye to sport
Controversial Chinese athletics coach Ma Junren has retired from the sport, the China Daily reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Brazil or Sweden tempts Sven
Sven-Goran Eriksson says he would like to coach Brazil or Sweden after his England contract ends in 2008.
 arrow Tennis: Spaniards sweep opening singles
Teenage rookie Rafael Nadal has blunted the world's fastest serve to stun Andy Roddick and give Spain a 2-0 lead over the United States in the Davis Cup final on Friday.
 arrow Olympics: Khan returns to ring triumphant
British Olympic hero Amir Khan has confirmed that he will resist the lure of professional boxing at least until after next year's World Cham-pionships in China.
Nationalarrow Forge unity to dislodge govt
Awami League Presidium member Suranjit Sengupta MP has said his party believes in joint movement and is determined to "free the people" from the alliance government's "misrule" through forging unity of
 arrow Environmental havoc by fishermen
A section of unscrupulous fishermen have started a havoc with the environment in coastal Patharghata area in Barguna district.
 arrow The disabled need training, not pity for rehabilitation
Speakers at discussion meeting yesterday called upon people of all walks of life to help the disabled become worthy citizens.
 arrow Agitation mounts for gas supply to Nabiganj from Bianibazar field
Agitation is mounting in Nabiganj and adjoining upazilas for gas supply to the areas before its transmission to the National Grid from Bibniyana Gas Field.
 arrow Alarming rise in addicts in 5 northern dists
Addicts consume 1,80,000 liters of locally made liquor worth about Tk nine lakh in five districts of greater Rangpur annually, according to records at the Narcotic and Liquor Department here.
 arrow 'Recover rivers from encroachers'
Speakers at a seminar on "Past and Present of rivers in Jessore" here on Friday called for steps to recover rivers in the district from encroachers for the benefit of all.
 arrow Fake army captain held in Sylhet
As fake army captain was arrested from a hotel in Sylhet city in the early hours of Friday.
Culturearrow Liberation War Museum
December is the month of victory for the Bangalees. With the surrender of the Pakistan armed forces on December 16, 1971, the Bangalees won the nine-month long Liberation War.
 arrow Model Pallab now wants to be a professional actor
Pallab, popularly known as a model only, now ranks among the promising actors of small screen. His sincerity and talent are matched with good looks.
 arrow The well-loved creator of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland
Walt Disney is a favourite with both old and young.
 arrow Aishwarya to star in Hollywood film Taj Mahal
Bollywood's Aishwarya Rai is set to star in a Hollywood film called Taj Mahal, the famous monument to love built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
 arrow Pepsi Music Mela 2004 comes to town
Festivals have many colours and distinctive characters. The festive month of December has already kicked off with theatre, film and photography festivals.
Generalarrow '90pc driving licences obtained through unfair means'
Ninety percent driving licences are obtained through unfair means, said Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation Chairman Taimur Alam Khandaker yesterday.
 arrow Politics being used as a means of making money
Lack of honest politicians has seriously hampered the development process in the country, speakers at a discussion said.
 arrow Brighten country's image abroad
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called on the expatriate Bangladeshis to work unitedly to brighten the country's image abroad and contribute to the national economy.
 arrow Over 200 houses gutted in Geneva Camp fire
Over 200 houses were gutted in a devastating fire that broke out at the Geneva Camp for the stranded Pakistanis in Golahat area of Syedpur town yesterday afternoon.
However, there were no casualties.

 arrow Security to be tightened for V-Day celebrations
Home Ministry ordered the law-enforcing agencies to ensure foolproof security in the capital as well as across the country for a peaceful environment during the Victory Day celebrations.
 arrow AL mass contact programmes from Dec 8
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday formed 21 teams to conduct mass contact programmes from December 8 to 10 to make the 900-kilometre no-confidence human wall on December 11 a success.
 arrow 3rd Int'l Festival of Photography begins tomorrow
The third International Festival of Photography, Asia 2004 -- Chobi Mela III -- begins in the city tomorrow to showcase photographs from 17 countries.
 arrow 3 teams in city to see Saarc summit preparations
Advance official teams from India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives arrived in the city yesterday to see the preparations of the 13th Saarc summit beginning on January 9.
 arrow Shrimp enclosure looted
A shrimp enclosure was looted on Friday at Tetultala under Paikgacha upazila in the district.
Police said the hooligans led by a union parishad chairman occupied the shrimp enclosure by force.

 arrow Duta polls December 23
The election to Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) will be held on December 23.
Prof Ahmed Kabir of Bangla Department will conduct the election as Election Commissioner.

 arrow 3,027 more held
Police arrested 3,027 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 48 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Schoolboy stabbed
Unknown criminals stabbed a schoolboy at Maghbazar in Ramna in the city yesterday.
 arrow Fire at city slum
Twenty-one shanties were gutted in a fire at a slum at Basila in the city yesterday.
 arrow 1 killed, 6 hurt in city road accident
One person was killed and six others were injured when a passenger bus collided with a truck near Lal Mashjid at Shyampur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Int'l Lions Clubs president arrives today
Ln. Clement F.
Internationalarrow Ukraine parliament works on revote law
Ukraine's Parliament prepared for a marathon weekend session to pass legislation needed to hold a rerun of a presidential runoff election, a revote ordered by the Supreme Court in a major victory foropposition
 arrow Hamas may back truce for election
The militant Hamas group could consider suspending attacks against Israel as Palestinian elections approach, says leading figure Mahmoud al-Zahar.
 arrow Putin calls US policy 'dictatorial'
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of pursuing a dictatorial foreign policy and said mounting violence could derail progress toward bringing peace and democracy to Iraq.
 arrow 'Pakistan has broken back of al-Qaeda'
Pakistan has broken the back of al-Qaeda forces by capturing its "big wigs" even if Osama bin Laden is still at large, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said on Friday.
 arrow US probes new Iraqi prison abuse photos
The US military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs that appear to show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting on hooded and handcuffed detainees, and photos of what appear to be bloodied prisoners,
 arrow 134 nations drop death penalty
A total of 134 countries have given up capital punishment, 10 more than had done so at the start of 2003, a campaigner against capital punishment reported on Friday.
 arrow BJP says no to new law to replace Pota
India's opposition parties Friday disapproved new legislation to replace a controversial anti-terror law that was enacted by the previous government, saying it was adequate for the purpose.
 arrow 5 blasts hit Madrid service stations
Five bombs went off at Madrid service stations Friday, causing no injuries but snarling traffic on the eve of a holiday weekend, in what authorities said was likely the work of Basque separatist group
 arrow Moscow now backs India's UNSC berth with veto power
Russian President Vladimir Putin has clarified that India should have veto powers as a permanent member in an expanded UN Security Council, External Affairs Ministry spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Bush to urge Congress for passing 9/11 bill
President Bush will make a final appeal to Congress to find a way to pass legislation before the end of the year that would make the Sept.
 arrow Colombia drug kingpin extradited to US
Drug kingpin Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, wearing handcuffs and a bulletproof vest, flew late Friday aboard US government plane for trial in the United States, becoming the most powerful Colombian trafficker
 arrow US National Guard hiring recruiters
Increasing numbers of soldiers are deciding not to join the Army National Guard after they leave active duty, a trend so troubling that the Guard is hiring 1,400 more recruiters to reverse it.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Why this fertiliser crisis at all?
A verbal duel raging between the government and the fertiliser importers over the intertwined issues of pricing of imported fertiliser and disbursement of subsidy during the last four months, the farmers
 arrow Editorial: DESA'S dismal deeds
The aim of increasing the efficiency of power distribution and revenue collection through creation of an appropriate body has turned out to be a dismal failure.
 arrow Can Iran be tamed?
Europeans are reportedly angry and confused over Iran's seemingly protean policy in seeking exemption from a deal to suspend sensitive nuclear activities Iran had agreed with France, Germany and Britain
 arrow Musharraf can't decide all by himself
WITHOUT mentioning the names of former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, I asked President General Pervez Musharraf why he did not allow leaders living abroad to participate in the affairs
Letters to Editorarrow Kibria's reply to Latifur Rahman
A number of articles have been written in response to my article on reform of the caretaker government law. I welcome a lively debate that is always useful.
 arrow Please remove ugly structure
Because of the impending SAARC summit in Dhaka, brisk activities are going on to give the capital a much needed face lift.
 arrow BUET admission procedure
BUET is one of the most important educational institutions for higher studies in Bangladesh. Its admission procedure and influence-free admission system are also known to all.
 arrow We need BRTC bus service
We, the office going people of Chittagong, are badly suffering from transportation problems. We need BRTC bus service here like in Dhaka. We do not mind paying a little more for a comfortable journey.
 arrow Leaders and followers
This is the season of work and also the season of parties! The leaders and followers of the political parties from the union level to the national level, should become alert and careful so that they do
 arrow CIPs?
The Daily Star reported on November 27 that no commercially important persons have been declared by the government for its third year. I don't see why it's necessary that we must declare people to beCIPs.
Star Healtharrow Ray of hope for the children exposed to HIV
Treatment with co-trimoxazole (a broad spectrum antibiotic) significantly reduces morbidity and mortality in children with clinical features of HIV infection, even in resource-poor areas with high levels
 arrow Be aware of the infections transmitted by your pet
Pets can be great fun for the entire family. They can also provide health benefits. But they can also carry some diseases that can make you and your family sick.
 arrow How to get rid of insomnia
Question: What are some drug-free ways to fall asleep easily at night?
Answer: Although most causes of insomnia can be addressed with a few simple changes, many medical conditions can

 arrow Dirty teeth can kill you!
Germs found in dental plaque can make their way into the lungs and cause potentially fatal pneumonia in elderly nursing home patients, U.S. researchers reported.
 arrow Five face washing mistakes even smart people make!
You have not figured out yet how to blow-dry your hair like a pro, but if there is one thing you have mastered by now, it is washing your face. Most people are not as skin-savvy as they think.
Star Cityarrow Most city schools lack fire fighting equipment
About 5.4 lakh students and teachers of 533 government and private schools in the city are at high risk of fire accidents as most of these institutions do not have fire-fighting systems.
 arrow Freedom fighters' hospital awaits reopening
The Muktijoddha Kalyan (Welfare) Trust Hospital in Mirpur might reopen under a new arrangement according to officials of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs.
 arrow Battle between Dcc and Rora continues
Gross mismanagement and differences between the private company and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) have led bus owners, passengers, porters and those involved with the reconstruction of the Sayedabad bus
 arrow Wasa shifts water intake point for Sayedabad plant
Amid increasing pollution of the Balu river, Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has decided to change the intake point of surface water source of the Shitalakhya for Sayedabad Water Treatment Plant.
 arrow Karwan Bazar not free from extortion
Silent extortion still goes on at the Karwan Bazar wholesale market despite the deaths of notorious criminals 'Pichchi' Hannan and Shahabuddin.
 arrow Tea Time at Tongi