Vol. 5 Num 193 Wed. December 08, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow IGP guilty of contempt
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque yesterday was convicted of contempt of court after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal petition against the conviction by the High Court.
 arrow Hi-tech gadgets, training on way to upgrade Rab
The government is going to upgrade the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on a par with the globally famous anti-crime forces like FBI or Scotland Yard by providing it with more funds and more sophisticated
 arrow AL wants next chief adviser through political consensus
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday unveiled her party's plan for reforms in the caretaker government system and demanded appointments of the next chief adviser and the chief election commissioner
 arrow Dhaka to consider gas pipeline from Myanmar
Bangladesh yesterday said it will seriously consider a gas pipeline through its territory to carry natural gas from Myanmar to India, and will take a decision 'very soon' on giving rail transit to India.
 arrow BTTB mobile service soft launch Dec 15
The state-owned carrier, Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), is all set to emerge as the country's fifth cellular phone operator on December 15.
 arrow Indian cricket team flies in today
The Indian cricket team will fly to Dhaka today ending a nervy wait of millions of fans across the border for the last couple of days due an unvaried death threat from a little known Islamic militantgroup.
 arrow Spoilt for Choice..

 arrow PM asks foresters to take more care of trees
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the officials of the Forest Department to be more cautious and active in safeguarding the country's forest resources.
 arrow Hasina discusses human wall programme
The Awami League (AL)-led opposition parties have stepped up their campaign at different places along the 'human wall' route from Teknaf to Tentulia in the run-up to the December 11 programme.
 arrow JS body blasts Desa for 19-month delay
A parliamentary body yesterday blasted Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) officials for taking 19 months to finalise a tender for 10,000 three-phase meters.
 arrow English medium schools get more time
The government has extended once again the deadline for registration of English medium schools.
 arrow Fears grow among foreigners in KSA
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda claimed yesterday the attack on the US consulate in Jeddah, dealing a blow to the Saudi government's attempts to wipe out Islamic militants behind a wave of terror strikes.
 arrow AL to accept reserved seats for women
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has finally decided to accept the reserved seats for women to be distributed proportionately among the political parties represented in parliament.
 arrow Amir-Ul Islam blasts govt for politicising judiciary
Noted lawyer Barrister Amir-Ul Islam yesterday accused the government of violating the constitution by transgressing the independence of the judiciary by appointing judges not by merit but by partisan
 arrow Ex-minister Zaki charged with coup bid in Maldives
A former minister was among four people charged Monday with attempting to overthrow Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the government said.
 arrow Dhaka to get 1.91 lakh MT food from WFP
Bangladesh will receive 1.91 lakh tonnes of food, equivalent to approximately $74 million, from the World Food Programme (WFP) for the flood-stricken people.
 arrow 44 die in 'crossfire' in Nov
As many as 44 people died in November this year in 'crossfire' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police, said a monthly report published by Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR).
 arrow Khaleda seeks Japanese help for Padma bridge
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought Japanese assistance in building Padma bridge as the government plans to start the construction work next year.
 arrow Musharraf's security file found on London streets
British police were probing yesterday why a top secret file detailing security arrangements for the visit of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to Britain this week was found abandoned on a London street.
 arrow 1 killed, another kidnapped for ransom
Outlawed party cadres slaughtered abducted Jhenidah trader on Monday night as his family failed to pay Tk 2 lakh as ransom, while miscreants abducted another trader in Kushtia and demanded a ransom of
 arrow Ctg mayor threatens strike Dec 18
Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday threatened to enforce a hartal in Chittagong on December 18 if by that time two assistant commissioners of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) are not
 arrow 'Arms factory' unearthed at Feni
Police unearthed an "arms factory" and arrested eight people at Chhagalnaiya upazila headquarters on Monday night.
 arrow Thousands of jobs to go at the BBC
The BBC has announced one of the biggest shake-ups in its 82-year history, with plans to axe at least 2,900 jobs, or 10 percent of its workforce, and trim 320 million pounds in costs.
 arrow Road mishap kills 4 in Ctg
Four people were killed as a truck rammed a rickshaw from behind on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Pakkar Matha Point under Sitakunda upazila yesterday evening.
Businessarrow Mobilise internal resources to reduce dependency on donors
As aid volume is declining and lists of conditions extending, economists, former high-ranking civil servants and leading civil society members at a dialogue yesterday called for mobilising more domestic
 arrow DSE switches to agreements for listing of companies
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has decided to do away with the conventional 'undertakings' from companies for getting their shares listed on the bourse.
 arrow Channel good IPOs to help retain investors' confidence
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has urged the issue managers to channel good initial public offerings (IPOs) to retain confidence of investors.
 arrow Samamana Parishad sweeps DCCI polls
Samamana Parishad, an electoral panel of businesspeople, swept the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) polls held yesterday, according to unofficial results.
 arrow WTO urges India to focus on multilateral trade pacts
The director general of the World Trade Organisation said Monday that India should focus on improving multilateral trade pacts rather than regional or bilateral ones.
 arrow US considers import curbs on China Wool trousers
The Bush administration said Monday it would investigate China's exports of wool trousers threaten to disrupt the US market, the first step toward possible restrictive quotas.
 arrow Dollar sinks to new lifetime low vs euro
The dollar sank to a new lifetime low against the euro on Tuesday after a warning by European officials on the euro's rise went unheeded by investors determined to dump the US currency.
 arrow Bangladesh, India cos sign MoU on proper use of gas
Spectra International Ltd, a concern of Spectra Group of Bangladesh, and Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), a state-owned gas company of India, and have signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) tominimise
 arrow AKTEL, GP sign deal on inter-operator SMS service
AKTEL and GrameenPhone (GP) have signed an agreement to introduce inter-operator short message system (SMS) service.
 arrow Rangs Power Battery factory opens in Gazipur
White Products & Electronics Limited, a sister concern of Rangs Electronics Limited, has recently opened Rangs Power Battery factory at Nawzore in Gazipur.
 arrow Thai economy slows due to bird flu
Thailand's economy slowed to post growth of six percent in the third quarter, reflecting the impact of the bird flu outbreak, rising oil prices and violence in the Muslim-majority south, officials said
 arrow EU to urge China to wield textile clout cautiously
The European Union will urge China this week to wield with care its dominance of the world clothing and textiles market when a decades-old import quota system ends, or risk seeing a backlash from developing
 arrow Colgate to cut 12pc of work force
Colgate-Palmolive Co. said on Tuesday it would cut about 12 percent of its work force in a four-year restructuring and anticipates charges of $550 million to $650 million after taxes.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore ready for Friday
The Indian security delegation's visit overshadowed the Tigers' practice at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Another big Biman day
Title contenders Bangladesh Bi-man find themselves playing four big matches in a row under the new fixture of the Green Delta Premier Cricket League when they take on two-time champions Victoria Sporting
 arrow NZ put Australia under pressure
Australia are under threat of losing their top one-day ranking to New Zealand and with it the right to host the lucrative series against the rest of the world next year.
 arrow Hockey: Holland, Spain on course
The Netherlands and Spain took giant strides towards the final of the men's Champions Trophy field hockey after hosts Pakistan stumbled on Tuesday.
 arrow Butt stakes a claim
A dashing century by opening batsman Salman Butt thrust him into pole position for a Test opening berth as Pakistan notched up their first tour win with a 43-run victory over a Cricket Australia Chairman's
 arrow Cricket: Harmison raring to go
Steve Harmison hopes to pick up where he left off when South Africa and England clash in the first Test in Port Elizabeth on December 17.
 arrow Cricket: New faces for Proteas
Two uncapped players were named Tuesday in the South African squad for the first Test against England in Port Elizabeth starting December 17, but there was still no place for deposed wicketkeeper Mark
 arrow Football: Battleground Rome
Nine-times European champions Real Madrid risk slipping out of the Champions League with barely a whimper on Wednesday when they take on AS Roma at a deserted Olympic Stadium.
 arrow Football: Marseille 'Sorcerer' dead
European Cup winning manager Raymond Goethals died on Monday aged 83 after a long illness.
 arrow Cricket: Murali to miss first leg of NZ tour
Sri Lanka have abandoned plans to take spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on the first leg of their New Zealand tour.
 arrow Hockey: Premier hockey resumes today
The Green Delta Premier Hockey League resumes today after a two-day break but it was not certain whether the league committee would be able to appoint any foreign umpires for the day's two matches.
 arrow Cricket: D'mondi beat Wanderers
Dhanmondi Club handed Dhaka Wanderers a five-wicket defeat in yesterday's First Division Cricket League at the BKSP ground in Savar.
 arrow Rahman new Mineps boss
State Minister for Youth and Sports M Fazlur Rahman was unanimously elected chairman of Commission II of the Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sports (Mineps) on the
 arrow Cricket: Lee eyeing Test recall
Fast bowler Brett Lee is hoping his performance against New Zealand in last Sunday's limited-overs international might help him reclaim his place in the Australian Test team.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardi (HSS) Collage Ekadosh outplayed Shaheed Mintu Sangha 5-1 in the Shaheed Mukul Smriti Football League at the Magura Government College playground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hall signs for Kent
South Africa all-rounder Andrew Hall will play for Kent next season, the English county side said on Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Leonine move further ahead
Leaders Leonine Chess Club increased their lead at the top of the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League when they won their 13th round game against Mohakhali Prodip Sangha 3.5-0.
 arrow Diego wants out
A relaxed and lucid Diego Maradona said on Monday he was waiting for doctors' approval to permanently bolt the Cuban drug rehabilitation clinic he has been "shut inside" for more than two months.
 arrow Football: Viduka breaks jinx as Boro win
Australia international Mark Viduka ended his 12-match Premiership goal drought in fine style here on Monday as his double inspired Middlesbrough to a 3-2 victory over Manchester City.
Metropolitanarrow NBR-iron traders' meet ends in row
The National Coordination Committee of Bangladesh Iron and Steel Merchants Association yesterday demanded resignation of NBR Chairman Khairuzzaman Chowdhury and Commissioner (south) Farid Uddin following
 arrow Dhaka Book Fair from Jan 1
National Book Center's 11th Dhaka Book Fair 2005 will begin on the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises in the city January 1.
 arrow Trader shot at Khilgaon
Unknown men shot and injured a trader at Khilgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Anti-corruption Day tomorrow
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) will observe the First UN International Anticorruption Day tomorrow in a befitting manner.
Nationalarrow Primary education faces setback in two dists
Quality education for all is still a far cry in Nilphamari and Moulvibazar due to various problems and alleged corruption being pursued by a section of staffers in primary education offices in the two
 arrow Harmful chemicals being used to ripen fruits in Tangail
NETRAKONA: Public health is being threatened due to indiscriminate use of chemicals by farmers in Tangail for rapid growth and ripening of fruits.
 arrow Poultry farming brings fortune
Poultry farming has changed the lot of a poor woman in Sharishaba-ri upazila, Jamalpur.
Point-Counterpointarrow Preventing global warming
The recent approval of Russia's parliament (Duma) of the ratification of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on global warming is expected to bring the treaty into effect early next year.
 arrow Ensuring road safety
Now-a-days, 'Road Safety' has become a pertinent issue and has drawn attention of all in our country.
 arrow Containing gender based violence
More than hundred years ago Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar (1820-91) commented sorrowfully: 'In a society in which the men folk have no mercy, no religion, no sense of justice, no sense of good or bad, in which
Culturearrow Pioneers of photography in the country honoured
The much awaited photography festival Chobi Mela III began on December 06 with a total of 14 exhibitions at seven venues in the city.
 arrow Palakar Natya Utshab: Popularising an experimental drama form
Palakar has established a theatre studio with 40 seating arrangements at New Eskaton. In their theatre studio they regularly stage Lab-act, an experimental drama form, on every Friday evening.
 arrow Theatre Festival in Narayanganj and Chittagong begins
Usually, theatre practice in Bangladesh is Dhaka- based. It is, therefore encouraging that a good number of theatre festivals are also being arranged at the different parts of Bangladesh.
 arrow Paribar O Ekti Company--A new mega serial on Channel-i
Paribar O Ekti Company, another mega-serial, starts from December 13, on Channel-i.
 arrow Amitabh Bachchan : Taking up the cause of AIDS
Espousing a noble cause is nothing new for Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He has starred in the national campaign against eradication of polio, cancer and communalism.
 arrow Schedules of Chobi Mela III

Generalarrow Dev hampered in absence of strong local govt
Development is hampered in absence of strong local government, said the experts at an international workshop yesterday.
 arrow Govt firm to work for welfare of FFs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reasserted her government's commitment to working towards welfare of the freedom fighters.
 arrow Internet adds new dimension to trafficking of women, children
Internet appears to have added a new dimension to trafficking of women and children in Bangladesh.
Traffickers now abuse Internet at times to commit the crime.

 arrow JCD factions clash at DU: 2 injured
At least two activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Sir F Rahman Hall unit of Dhaka University were injured in factional fighting in presence of a minister at a meeting yesterday.
 arrow Draft of JMBA (Amend) Act approved
The cabinet yesterday approved in principle the draft of The Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Authority (Amendment) Act, 2004 aimed at amending the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Authority Ordinance, 1985.
 arrow Security fund for garment workers demanded
Karmojibi Nari, a non-government organisation, yesterday demzanded security fund for garment workers who are likely to lose their jobs with the phase out of multi fiber arrangement (MFA) this month.
 arrow 'Address minority rights issue in regional context'
The issue of minority rights has to be addressed in the South Asian regional context instead of looking at it in Bangladesh context alone, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow President assents to 5 bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to five bills passed in the 14th session of the 8th Parliament.
 arrow Zia Film City to open for shooting soon
The Film Development Corporation (FDC) has decided to open Zia Film City (ZFC) at Kabirpur soon for shooting of film, drama and ad films at a limited level.
 arrow Geological Society executives
A 21-member executive committee of Bangladesh Geological Society was elected with Prof. Monirul Haque and Prodeep Kumar Sen Gupta as president and general secretary, says a press release.
 arrow 1,371 more held
Police arrested 1,371 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow 'Polls could be spread over a 20-day period'
Iraq's elections could be spread out over a period of 15-20 days in late January, interim prime minister Iyad Allawi said in a Belgian newspaper interview published yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan, Britain push for uprooting cause of terror
The leaders of Britain and Pakistan agreed Monday that the world could not defeat terrorism by force alone, and that it must move quickly to remove its "root causes" such as poverty and political grievances.
 arrow Taliban still not beaten in Afghanistan: US
Top US leaders warned yesterday that extremists still want to take back Afghanistan and promised support for newly sworn-in President Hamid Karzai to beat off the threat.
 arrow India, Pakistan hold talks on restoring Kashmir bus service
Indian and Pakistani officials yesterday held the first of two days of talks to try to restore a long-awaited bus service between the divided zones they control in troubled Kashmir.
 arrow Manmohan pledges honourable solution to Naga tribal revolt
India's premier pledged yesterday to seek "an honourable solution" to the country's longest-running insurgency as he held peace talks with leaders of a northeastern rebel group.
 arrow War fears mount in Lanka
Fears that Sri Lanka may be drifting back to war mounted yesterday amid sporadic violence, a day after the government vowed to strengthen its military to meet any security threat.
 arrow Indian House repeals Pota
India's parliament Monday approved a repeal of a controversial anti-terror law introduced after the September 11 attacks, which critics said had been misused to persecute minorities.
 arrow US lawmakers reach deal on intelligence reforms
US lawmakers on Monday reached a deal on overhauling the nation's spy agencies, ending a month-long wrangle about the Pentagon's power under intelligence reforms proposed after the Sept. 11 attacks.
 arrow Ohio certifies Bush win by smaller margin
President Bush carried Ohio by 118,775 votes in last month's election, 17,708 fewer than reported at the time but not enough to change the outcome in the crucial state, officials said on Monday.
 arrow Soldiers sue Pentagon over extended Iraq tours
Eight US soldiers on Monday sued the Pentagon, claiming the military extended their tours of duty in Iraq although their contracts had expired, their attorneys said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Jeddah jolt
Once again a US interest around the world has been made a target of the militants. An attack on the US consulate in Jeddah by a militant group resulted in the death of 12 people.
 arrow Editorial: For the sake of goodwill
The millions of cricket-lovers in Bangladesh have had a close shave with a heart-break when they heard the news that the Indian cricket team's scheduled visit to Bangladesh had been put on hold.
 arrow Test case for development
Newspaper reports indicate that the government has decided to introduce a three-year rolling programme (TYRP).
 arrow All for extra premium
I still believe that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will turn out to be another Lal Bahadur Shastri, hiding his light under a bushel.
 arrow Tokyo's UN dream coming partially true
Japan's UN dream is linked closely to the country becoming an economic powerhouse.
Letters to Editorarrow History of HIV/AIDS
As a disease HIV and AIDS have posed enormous challenge to scientists, policy makers, practitioners and many societies in general.
 arrow Impose ban on costly dress
A day after the Eid, I was listening to a musical programme on Radio Metrowave where I heard the presenter talk about her personal opinion during a live telephone conversation with Progya Labonee, a celebrity.
 arrow Sad tale of valuable minerals ‘back-gold' of Cox's Bazar
For many years, many of us have been reading interesting news, reports, articles and letters on valuable minerals zircon, ilmenite, rutile, garnet, magnetite and monazite etc, etc.
 arrow Clarification on "Chokher Bali"
“Chokher Bali" was chosen by the organizers of the 2nd International Film Festival to be screened at the inaugural ceremony attended by the Hon'ble Prime Minister.
 arrow Thai Envoy Clarifies
I refer to write up published in "Letters to the Editor" in The Daily Star on 2 December 2004 titled "Unfortunate statement by Thai Quecn" by Mr Zahidul Haque.
 arrow Our bogey is Status Symbol
What's wrong with our fast developing, rising, crowded society? I think it is the elusive search for the label of 'status symbol'. Otherwise you are nobody.
 arrow Dhamrai incident and national image
Our heartfelt thanks to the Editor of The Daily Star for highlighting the Dhamrai incident.
 arrow Anti-corruption Commission
Setting up of Anti-corruption Commission by the Government of Bangladesh is a welcome step especially in the context of our earning the title of most corrupt nation for the fourth consecutive year.
 arrow Feedback on Mr Kibria's write-up
I want to make some comments after reading the article by former finance minister SAMS Kibria and the rejoinder of Justice Latifur Rahman, the former chief of the caretaker government of Bangladesh.
 arrow Miseries of victims behind the push-in and push-back drama
The news of push-in and push-back between BSF and BDR across the border have been publishing in almost every dailies for the last few years.
 arrow Recruiting rule is a must
The scenario of educational institutions from primary to university level is so miserable that it would be right to call them the institutions of distributing certificates and employing under-qualitycandidates.
StarTecharrow The year of combats
THIS year is turning out to be one of the most exciting ones for young programmers, many of whom took part in the combat of brains twice in a row.
 arrow Metronet lays first private fiber-optic network in city
METRONET Bangladesh Limited (MBL), a local private sector IT company, has laid the first ever fully digital fiber optic based metropolitan data communication network in the nation's capital.
 arrow A new digital experience for Bangladeshis
HP (Hewlett Packard) revealed its expansion into the world of digital photography with a range of offerings designed to provide a digital lifestyle to consumers.
 arrow Sunglasses player not a bargain
It seems like a cool idea sunglasses with a built-in digital music player and speakers. No headphone cables to untangle as with most portable players. Music actually riding on your ears.
 arrow Scientists make phone that turns into a sunflower
Scientists said on Monday they have come up with a cell phone cover that will grow into a sunflower when thrown away.
Materials company Pvaxx Research & Development, at the request of U.S.

 arrow The Ease story
Computer Ease Limited, a local IT company has signed a software contract with Unilever Arabia recently.
Star Chittagongarrow Feasibility study for deep-sea port soon
The government will carry out a feasibility study for installation of a deep sea port to facilitate the handling of deep draught mother vessels that can not enter Chittagong port, highly placed sources
 arrow Construction of 3rd Karnaphuli bridge uncertain
Construction of the third bridge on the river Karnaphuli has become uncertain due to complications in raising fund and administrative tangles.
 arrow Ecological Crisis of Deforestation

Star Cityarrow Seizure drive fails to cut number of rickshaws
The recent drive to seize illegal rickshaws drove some rickshaw-pullers out of the city for some time but most of them have already come back as the owners managed to keep the forged and duplicated licence
 arrow DUCSU museum struggling to breathe
You are bound to be attracted to it the moment you step into the room.
 arrow Desa to free electric poles from tangles
Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) has not yet received any positive response from the utility service providers about the removal of telephone, internet and cable television lines from Desa's electric
 arrow Circular waterway delayed
Completion of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA)'s circular waterway project is set to miss its December 2004 deadline as construction of three major landing stations have been put back
 arrow Proper ways to get a UK student visa
Every year many students are deceived by agencies promising them visa to study in the United Kingdom.
 arrow Lifetime photographers honoured
The third annual international photo festival, Chhobi Mela, honours the Bangladeshis who have contributed a lifetime to photography, while showcasing the work of contemporary artists from around