Vol. 5 Num 191 Mon. December 06, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Costly food pushes inflation to highest point since 1998
Inflation has hit a six-year high of 7.35 percent in September, affecting mainly the poor and the rural people because of food price hike.
 arrow Dhaka for groundwork on Saarc economic union
Dhaka plans to push for an action plan to lay the groundwork for a Saarc economic union at the council of ministers' meeting on January 7-8, against the backdrop of little progress in a planned feasibility
 arrow Biswa Ijtema ends with 3m joining Akheri Munajat
Around three million Muslims from 59 countries gathered for the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) along the banks of the Turag river, some 25 kilometres north of the capital at Tongi yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws held with in city time bomb
Police yesterday arrested two suspected operatives of outlawed Janajudhho with a powerful time bomb, a shotgun and some ammunition from a house in Kafrul in the capital.
 arrow In the red with radish
Frustrated by their inability to get back profitable returns on radish cultivation, thousands of farmers in Jessore and Jhenidah have found it better to feed their cattle with the vegetable.
 arrow NBR to hire lawyers to fight its cases
Burdened with over 8,000 unresolved cases blocking over Tk 2,189 crore in tax collection, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has for the first time picked a panel of four Supreme Court lawyers.
 arrow Motijheel OC asked to submit case report
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered the officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station to submit a report by March 9 next year on a case filed in connection with the deadly grenade attack on an opposition
 arrow Dhaka promises full security for Indian cricketers
India sends a three-member team today to assess a watertight security promised by Bangladesh for the cricketers across the border following an unverified threat letter of a so-called Islamist outfit on
 arrow Probe finds no arson proof
Probe into the November 21 New Bangabazar Market fire yielded no evidence of arson rather it put the blame on a short circuit.
 arrow 21 Iraqis, 2 GIs killed in attacks
Guerrillas have shot dead 17 Iraqis working for the US army and killed a National Guard commander and three bodyguards in attacks north of Baghdad that take the toll from three days of violence to more
 arrow English medium schools ignore deadline
Registration of English medium schools has been disappointingly low despite a government-mandated deadline set for October 31, said top officials of the education ministry and education boards.
 arrow Musharraf upbeat about Indo-Pak ties
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Saturday talks with nuclear rival India to resolve their thorny Kashmir dispute were "moving well" and that he was "very optimistic of the future" of bilateral
 arrow Maldives has 1 psychiatrist for 3 lakh people
The Maldives, a country of 200 islands with around 16,000 disabled people out of a population of nearly three lakh, has only one psychiatrist and two physiotherapists and it had no idea about treating
 arrow 14 killed in Kashmir violence
Fourteen people were killed in Indian Kashmir yesterday in stepped up violence since the Indian prime minister visited the region in mid-November, the Indian army said.
 arrow Breeding ground...

 arrow PDB asked to hand over 9,400 km lines to REB by Dec
The government has directed Power Development Board (PDB) to complete the handover of 9,400 km power lines to Rural Electrification Board (REB) by December 31 as per agreement with the World Bank to get
 arrow Day to observe fall of autocratic rule today
The country today observes 'Democracy Day' to commemorate the fall of autocratic ruler HM Ershad, who stepped down on this day in 1990 in the face of a mass uprising.
 arrow French junior minister for trade due Dec 11
French Junior Minister for Foreign Trade Francois Loos will arrive on December 11 on a two-day official visit as part of his South Asia tour.
 arrow Tk 11.67 lakh robbed from dyeing office
Burglars stole Tk 11.67 lakh from the office of a dyeing factory in East Rampura in Khilgaon sometime between late Saturday night and the early hours yesterday.
 arrow 3 boys hurt as bomb goes off
Three boys were wounded as an abandoned bomb they were playing with went off in Mirhajirbagh in Demra yesterday.
 arrow Hasina returns today
Awami League (AL) chief and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to reach Dhaka this morning after her six-week visit to the United States and United Kingdom.
 arrow Teenager held with revolver
Police yesterday arrested a teenager from near the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka and seized a foreign-made revolver with six bullets.
 arrow Prof Iqbal's resignation yet to be accepted
Shahjalal University of Science & Technology Vice-chancellor Prof Moslehuddin Ahmed yesterday said the resignation letter of Dr Muhammad Jafar Iqbal, dean of the School of Agriculture and Mineral Sciences
 arrow Generation raised with Internet grows up
Young people are now the savviest of the tech-savvy, as likely to demand a speedy broadband connection as to download music onto an iPod, or upload digital photos to their Web logs.
 arrow Abu Ghraib 'guards were scapegoats'
Two military guards implicated in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal in Iraq were good soldiers caught in a muddled chain of command at a chaotic prison, their lawyers said at the start of pretrial hearings
Businessarrow Beneficiary owner's account a must to apply for IPO
An investor willing to participate in any future initial public offering (IPO) will need to have a beneficiary owner's (BO) account with the central depository system, introduced early this year, according
 arrow July-Nov remittance clocks 10pc growth
Remittance flow grew by more than 10 percent in the first five months of the current financial year amounting to US$ 1421.18 million, also pushing foreign exchange reserves up.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi can lead in footwear thru’ partnership
Bangladesh and India can jointly become a global leader in footwear by applying competitive advantage formulas as the former has strong finished leather base while the latter holds edge in footwear component,
 arrow Low output pushes Aman prices up
As Aman harvest begins, farmers in Jessore and Jhenidah districts are getting around 30 percent higher prices for paddy this season than that of last year, although crop production has dwindled.
 arrow Global cellphone set sale grows 26pc
Korean mobile handset makers have overpowered Euro-American rivals while Nokia remains far ahead of everyone in the third quarter of 2004, according to the latest research result of US-based consulting
 arrow Asian currencies rise against dollar; yen at its highest level
Many Asian currencies rose against the dollar, with the Japanese yen hitting its highest level in nearly five years before easing slightly.
 arrow Opec set to keep cool despite plunging oil
Despite a recent plunge in oil prices, Opec producers appear to be in no rush to cut output quotas and markets expect the taps to be left wide open when ministers meet in Cairo this week.
 arrow 'Textile industry can create 5m jobs'
The textile industry can generate some five million jobs in 7-10 years if it is developed in keeping with the demand of export-oriented readymade garment industry for fabric as well as for local consumption,
 arrow India back on world investor radar as shares surge
Indian stocks are back on a roll with foreign investors pouring in funds lured by strong economic growth and new confidence that the Marxist-backed government will not derail financial reforms, analysts
 arrow Seven units operational in Mongla EPZ
Since inception, seven industrial units in Mongla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) have exported goods worth US$ 997 lakh.
 arrow CSE president re-elected
Habibullah Khan has been re-elected president of Chittagong Stock Exchange Ltd (CSE) for the year 2005.
 arrow Bangladesh fair in Italy in May
Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) is going to hold a five-day single country trade fair in Milan, Italy from May 23 next year.
 arrow Monthly raffle draw of Philips Hat-trick Gift offer held
The first monthly raffle draw of the Philips Hat-trick Gift offer, a consumer promotional activity organised by Transcom Electronics Ltd, was held in Dhaka Tuesday.
 arrow Commercial Bank posts 54pc post-tax profit growth in 9 months
Sri Lanka-based Commercial Bank of Ceylon has reported 70.93 percent growth in pre-tax and 54.42 percent growth in post-tax profit in the first nine months ending September 30, 2004.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Talha surprise
Fast bowler Talha Jubair was a surprise inclusion when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday revealed its 13-member squad to face India in the opening Test of their two-match series as the home
 arrow Cricket: Kumble, Laxman angry
Senior Indian stars Anil Kumble and Venkatsai Laxman have expressed their anguish at being ignored for an upcoming one-day series in Bangladesh.
"I don't want to sit and watch a one-day international.

 arrow Cricket: Kiwis mug Kasprowicz
Wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and young batsman Hamish Marshall snatched an exciting victory for New Zealand over Australia in the opening match of the inaugural Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day cricket
 arrow Cricket: Eng complete whitewash
England bowled out Zimbabwe to win their fourth one-day international by 74 runs here on Sunday to complete a 4-0 series whitewash.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch down brave India
World record goalscorer Sohail Abbas continued his amazing run as hosts Pakistan came from behind to down New Zealand 3-1 for a second consecutive win in the men's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament
 arrow Tennis: Bryan twins inspire USA
Amid all the passion, and with 27,000 souls roaring for the other team, they needed ice in their veins -- and Bob and Mike Bryan did not disappoint, beating Spaniards Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Robredo
 arrow Cricket: Coach wants Boucher back
Ray Jennings, the South African coach, has hinted at a return to the national team for Mark Boucher.
 arrow Cricket: Biman, DOHS battle today
Title aspirants Bangladesh Biman will play their third successive big match in the Green Delta Premier Cricket League when they take on Old DOHS at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium in Narayanganj today.
 arrow Cricket: Hospitality boxes go on sale today
The Bangladesh Cricket Board will sell hospitality-box tickets for one Test and two one-day internationals between Bangladesh and India at its Gulshan headquarters today.
 arrow Hockey: Usha drub Wari
Usha Krira Chakra maintained their joint lead in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League when the title-contenders brushed aside Wari Club 6-0 in yesterday's lone match at the Maulana Bhashani NationalStadium.
 arrow GP-Prothom Alo Sports Award coming soon
The country's largest cellular operator GrameenPhone and leading Bangla daily Prothom Alo will jointly announce sports awards for established and promising athletes of the country.
 arrow Football: Adriano on fire
Late goals from Brazilian Kaka and midfielder Andrea Pirlo gave AC Milan a 2-1 win at lowly Parma in Serie A on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Barca breathtaking
Barcelona maintained their stranglehold on the leadership of the Primera Liga with a 4-0 win over a lightweight Malaga at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Blues mean business
Chelsea maintained their drive for their first title for 50 years when they thrashed Newcastle United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to stay five points clear of Arsenal at the top of the PremierLeague.
 arrow Football: Bayern drop points
Bayern Munich squandered their chance to widen their lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday when they gave up a late goal and were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at Nuremberg in the Bavarian derby.
 arrow Chess: Leonine tighten their grip atop
There was no stopping Leonine Chess Club who remained on top of the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League with an comprehensive 4-0 win over Destiny 2000 at the Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe set to return to Test fold
Zimbabwe is all set to get back Test status next month, without need for a fresh assessment, Ehsan Mani, the International Cricket Council (ICC) president, told the Associated Press on Sunday.
 arrow Maradona takes rehab break for Xmas
Diego Maradona has left Cuba, interrupting his cocaine-addiction therapy to spend Christmas at home with his family in defiance of his doctor's advice.
 arrow Tennis: Spain win Davis Cup
Spain won the Davis Cup for only the second time here on Sunday as Carlos Moya beat Andy Roddick to give them an unassailable 3-1 lead over the United States.
Nationalarrow India to face ecological havoc from river inter-linking project
India's planned river inter-linking project will create environmental and ecological havoc not only in Bangladesh but also in other countries of the sub-continent including India.
 arrow Orange lures farmers in Dinajpur, Panchagarh
Rangpur: Interest for commercial cultivation of orange is growing among farmers in Dinajpur and Panchagarh.
 arrow 'Irregularities' by Rangpur WDB
Despite protest by a section of enlisted contractors for alleged irregularity, the Rangpur Water Development Board (WDB) has finalised the process to issue work orders involving Tk four crore projects
 arrow BATB stipends for brilliant students
The British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) has awarded stipends to three meritorious students in Manikganj for their brilliant results in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination this year.
 arrow Ex Civil Surgeon of Madaripur among 7 face grant case
The former Civil Surgeon of Madaripur, the Health Director and five other officials face graft cases for alleged corruption in recruiting a health assistant.
 arrow Two cops closed to Satkhira police lines
Two police officers including an acting officer-in-charge (OC) were closed to Satkhira police lines allegedly for pilfering timber that had been seized while being smuggled out of the Sundarbans, police
 arrow Education fair in Sylhet on Dec 9
The British Council will organise a day-long education far in Sylhet on December 9.
The fair named 'Qualifications@UK fair' would be held at the city's Metropolitan University at Al-Hamra ShoppingCity.

 arrow 4 firearms recovered
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) in a raid on Friday night recovered four firearms along with 20 bullets from a house in Salghar Madhua village in the Sadar upazila.
 arrow 10 cr Dollar exports so far from Mongla EPZ
Seven industrial units in Mongla Export Processing Zone have so far exported goods worth 9.97 crore US dollars after investing 138 lakh dollars.
 arrow Disabled Day observed in Manikganj
Several hundred disabled people paraded the streets of the town in a procession on Saturday.
The procession was arranged as part of the International Day of the Disabled on Friday.

 arrow Two BNP leaders stripped off party posts in B'baria
Two BNP leaders in Sarail upazila were stripped off their party posts for failure to reply satisfactorily to a show-cause notice served to them recently.
Point-Counterpointarrow Islam for world peace
Muhammad (SM) promulgated a charter, sometimes called the Constitution of Medina that set out the rights and duties of all citizens and the relationship of the Muslim community to other communities.
Culturearrow Grand fiesta of photography
The third edition of the internationally acclaimed festival of photographers, Chobi Mela, opens today in the city.
 arrow Films for children
The Children's Showcase of the 2nd International Film Festival was inaugurated at the Shishu Academy auditorium Saturday last.
 arrow Immanuel Kant
What is the position of a true intellectual in society? What treatment does he receive in the materialistic world? The dramatist Thomas Bernhard, in his play Immanuel Kant, is of the view thatthe
 arrow Miss Peru takes Miss World crown
Twenty-year-old Miss Peru was crowned Miss World on Saturday in a southern Chinese resort town, as China looks set to become the regular host of this event.
Generalarrow Mass dialogue resumes at N'ganj today
Mass dialogue programme resumes at Narayanganj today after a gap of about one and half months.
 arrow Change attitudes to stop repression on women
As repression on women starts within the family, it should be resisted there by changing attitudes and values of the members, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Madrasa student beaten, dies in hospital
A madrasa student beaten by angry mob on November 30 at Foila Bazar under Rampal upazila succumbed to his injuries on Saturday at Mongla Upazila Health Complex of Bagerhat district.
 arrow 3rd Int'l Festival of Photography begins today
The third International Festival of Photography, Asia 2004 Chobi Mela III, one of the largest photography exhibition in the world, begins in the city today.
 arrow Use solar energy to electrify rural areas: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan emphasised the need of using solar energy to electrify remote and rural areas, says a press release.
 arrow Grenade recovered
A powerful hand grenade was recovered from a tea stall at Sonadanga in the city yesterday morning, police said.
The tea stall is adjacent to the residence of Ward Commissioner Anwarul Kadir Khokan.

 arrow 8 Bangladeshi fishermen held by Indian police
Indian police arrested eight Bangladeshi fishermen on December 1 from the Sundarbans on charge of trespassing.
 arrow Malaysian health team due today
A seven-member Malaysian Healthcare Services (MHS) delegation led by Deputy Chief Executive of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Ismail Saleh, arrives in the city today.
 arrow 6 receive Berger art competition prizes
The prize giving ceremony of Berger Young Painters' Art Competition-2004 was held at the Hotel Sonargaon on Saturday, says a press release.
Six winners of the competition were awarded in the ceremony.

 arrow Physiotherapy equipment for disabled children
CityCell yesterday donated physiotherapy equipment to Trust Special Education for Intellectually Disabled Children (SEID) Trust for underprivileged intellectually challenged children under its community
Internationalarrow Putin seeks hi-tech Indian partnership
Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to put Moscow's economic ties with India on a new high-tech footing in a weekend speech after backing its bid for a veto-wielding seat on an enlarged UN Security
 arrow Iraqi polls in 'climate of violence' impossible
Holding elections in the current climate of violence and insecurity in Iraq is impossible, Lakhdar Brahimi, the special advisor to the UN secretary general, told a Dutch newspaper.
 arrow Laden trail has gone cold
The search for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has gone cold and there is no indication of his whereabouts, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told the Washington Post in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Egyptians release Israeli 'spy'
An Arab-Israeli man jailed in Egypt for spying seven years ago has been freed and returned to Israel, officials said.
 arrow Move on to save Lankan peace
Norway is sending a top envoy for another attempt to save Sri Lanka's faltering peace process amid fears that Tiger rebels may return to their protracted armed struggle, diplomats said yesterday.
 arrow Ukraine opposition in new standoff
Ukraine's pro-West opposition was locked in a fresh standoff with the ruling regime after a stunning court victory handed it a rerun later this month of a contested presidential vote.
 arrow Hamas pours cold water on truce talk
The leader of Hamas in its Gaza Strip stronghold, Mahmud Zahar, rejected any suggestion yesterday that the hardline group could soon call a halt to its campaign of attacks against Israel.
 arrow Iran signals nuke sites off limits to IAEA
Iran said yesterday it was not obliged to allow UN atomic energy agency inspectors to visit military sites alleged to be involved in secret nuclear weapons work, but that it was willing to discuss the
 arrow India takes lead in South Asian arms purchase
South Asia will be spending billions of dollars on weapons in the next few years and much of these arms will come from the US, according to an agency report.
 arrow 23 killed in Kazakh coal mine blast
Twenty-three coal miners died yesterday when a methane gas blast tore through a mine owned by a global Indian steel producer in the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, the latest accident to strikethe
 arrow Maoists kidnap judge, former aide to late king
Maoist rebels have kidnapped a judge and a former aide to the late King Birendra in southwest Nepal, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ijtema ends on a benign note
All roads led to the massive Biswa Ijtema ground on the bank of river Turag on Sunday for the Akheri munajat, the final prayer that culminated the three-day congregation of Muslims, the biggest
 arrow Editorial: Deaths on the road
It is mind boggling that a staggering number of 4000 people died and an equal number were maimed and injured in road accidents in Bangladesh last year. And these too are only official figures.
 arrow Challenges ahead of Bush presidency's second term
Now that George W Bush is back in the saddle of presidency -- and much more firmly -- the speculation abounds as to what his triumphant return would mean for the world aghast at an apparent victory,in
 arrow Churn is in the air
The traffic in Dhaka is not irrational; it is merely Bengali. Witness the desire, for instance, to overtake when there is nothing to take over there.
 arrow Beautification of Dhaka city: At what cost?
My experience tells me that project like temporary cosmetic changes is a part of a syndrome typical of third world countries. It is very real though insofar as squandering of state finance is concerned.
Letters to Editorarrow A prediction
A few days back, one of our professors asked some of his students how many divisions there are in Bangladesh? Couple of students raised their hands.
 arrow Kashmir conflict:
A good sign perhaps, but Kashmir appears to be on flash light again since the visit by the Pakistan Foreign Minister Shawkat Aziz to India last week.
 arrow Foot overbridge wanted
The Bangla motor intersection is one of the busiest places in Dhaka city. It becomes almost impossible for the on duty traffic police to maintain the smooth and regulated flow in this four road crossing.
 arrow Shame
The director of Aishwarya Rai starrer Bangla film "Chokher Bali", Rituparno Ghosh has withdrawn his film from the 2nd International Film Festival going on in Bangladesh on the pretext that there is not
 arrow Not you Mr Kibria
I felt deeply sad to read an article by Mr SAMS Kibria, a former Finance Minister and a former career diplomat, published in your esteemed daily for the way he addressed a retried chief justice and aformer
 arrow Reaction
I have read the article written by the former Chief Justice and Head of the last caretaker government Latifur Rahman published on 02/11/2004 in your newspaper.
 arrow "A rejoinder to Mr. Kibria"
This letter refers to Justice Latifur Rahman's rejoinder appeared in the DS on 02, December.
 arrow Case for a new deep draft port at Kutubdia or Moheshkali
Bangladesh is a developing country with rapidly increasing international trade. But we only have "one and a half port" which is proving increasingly inadequate to meet our trade needs.
 arrow Can't we mind our own business
It's indeed great that people in our country is concerned about US politics. Everyday we are seeing many articles published about the recent election.
 arrow Can we adopt a little more from Cantonment?
It's nice to see that of late many of the 'Pick and Pay' type of shops have come out in the Metropolis and are doing bustling business.
 arrow An appeal for peace in South Asia
If we review the past from 1947 to date we shall find that there cannot be any permanent peace and stability in the South Asian region, including Afghanistan without Hindu-Muslim amity.
 arrow The dominant role of outsourcing
Recently India, China, Taiwan even Sri Lanka have become big clients for large firms of United States and United Kingdom in "Offshore Outsourcing".
 arrow A harmful ally
For the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the victory of President George Bush may not be good for his political career. Because Mr. Bush is very much unpopular in United Kingdom.
 arrow Announcement
The joy and pride of Bijoy Dibash is again with us.
Star Cityarrow Mushrooming phone shops
Unauthorised phone shops are mushrooming in the city without any control of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) on their call charges.
 arrow 40,000 Ffs’ names finalised, 54,000 more under process
The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs has finalised 40,000 names of freedom fighters and included them in the gazette. Names of 54,000 other are under the process of inclusion.
 arrow No control over flyover walkers
The Mohakhali Flyover is supposedly out of bounds for pedestrians. However, hundreds of visitors flock there everyday hindering the free flow of traffic and also putting their own lives at risk.
 arrow Caller ID can reduce crime
With the rise in threats, extortion attempts, harassment and other criminal behavior over telephone, city dwellers are in urgent need of the caller identification system in all exchanges of the capital.
 arrow City cleaning hits snags with 17,000 cleaners short
The city's cleaning business has hit a snag with a shortage of 17,000 cleaners at Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow 'Bridal Festival'in city on Dec 13
Mirror, a monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine, is going to organise a 'Bridal Festival' along with a jewellery and watch exhibition to showcase bridal outfits and ornaments.