Vol. 5 Num 197 Sat. December 11, 2004    
 
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Front Pagearrow S Asian nations for joint assault on terrorism, crime
Seven South Asian nations pledged yesterday a joint assault on terrorism and transnational crime in response to regional violence and fraud.
 arrow Teknaf to Tentulia human wall today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left-leaning allies will form a cross-country human wall today to express 'no-confidence' in the BNP-led coalition government in an unprecedented way.
 arrow Pathan polishes Bangladesh off
Irfan Pathan made most of a damp wicket to destroy Bangladesh's first innings for 184 runs with his career best 5-45 on the opening day of the first Test yesterday.
 arrow Laurels for O and A level achievers
The Daily Star yesterday honoured 629 outstanding achievers in the O- and A-level examinations of July 2003-June 2004 academic year amid fanfares and jubilation at the city's Bangladesh-China Friendship
 arrow CPA plans airship to combat piracy
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) plans to procure an airship for combating piracy at the outer anchorage of the Chittagong port, port officials said.
 arrow Opposition alleges repressive measures
The opposition parties yesterday accused the government of attempting to foil today's human wall programme through repressive measures like mindless arrest of their leaders and activists across the country.
 arrow Concern over violation of human rights
Speakers at the inaugural session of a fair marking International Human Rights Day yesterday expressed grave concerns at escalating human rights violations in the country including violence against women
 arrow Faruk talks to wife, brother after release
Bangladeshi truck driver Abul Kashem Faruk, who was freed by Islamic Army of Iraq (IAI) Thursday, talked to his family over telephone and the government confirmed his release yesterday.
 arrow Devotion, hard work bring them success
Dedication and endeavour were the master keys that opened the doors to academic excellence for them, said Tanvir and Asheque, two of the 629 students awarded yesterday by The Daily Star for their outstanding
 arrow Teachers vexed at new quota for pry scholarship exams
Primary schoolteachers allege a recently announced government plan to raise the participation in primary scholarship exams will result in compromising the quality of examinees.
 arrow Too poor to fight recurring floods
A famine-like situation prevails in Sunamganj as after-effects of recurring floods that have wiped out the staple crop of the region continue to plague the locals.
 arrow 10 injured as JCD, Shibir clash at CMC
Some 10 activists were hurt in a clash between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) at Chittagong Medical College yesterday.
 arrow Police to see if Rashid's death is linked to son's arrest
Police will take actions if investigation by a top Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) official confirms any link between Abdur Rashid's death and his son's arrest.
 arrow French foreign trade minister arrives today
French Foreign Trade Minister Francois Loos will arrive in Dhaka today.
 arrow Key witness to Ahsanullah murder stabbed
A Jubo League leader and key witness in Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case was stabbed and critically injured last night at Arichpur under Tongi upazila.
 arrow Make human wall programme a success :Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has urged people to make today's Teknaf-Tentulia human wall programme a success to make way for choosing a people's government.
 arrow Housewife kills herself, poisons son in Satkhira
A housewife poured poison into the mouth of her three-year-old son after taking poison herself on Wednesday. She died the next day.
 arrow Narasimha Rao suffers heart attack
Former Indian prime minister Narasimha Rao is under intensive care after suffering a heart attack yesterday in a hospital in the capital New Dehli, doctors said.
 arrow UP member killed in bomb attacks
A union parishad member was killed and seven people injured in a bomb attack at Charkol Bazar under Sadar upazila of the district last night.
 arrow Russia to hit terror bases anywhere in the world
Russia reserves the right to carry out preventive strikes with conventional weaponry on terror bases anywhere they are found in the world, Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov was quoted as saying yesterday.
 arrow Ulfa rejects Indian PM's talks offer
One of the most powerful separatist rebel groups in India's restive northeast has rejected peace talks offered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh because of a demand they give up violence.
 arrow Bomb blast in Pak market: 10 killed
A bomb apparently targeting a military truck killed 10 people including a soldier and injured at least 21 when it ripped through a market in the Pakistani city of Quetta yesterday, officials said.
 arrow 'Human rights abuse soars in Asia'
Human rights abuses are growing in Asia as most countries in the region face a breakdown of the rule of law, a Hong Kong-based rights group said yesterday.
 arrow 4 to die in Pakistan for sectarian massacre
Four Sunni Muslim militants have been sentenced to death by a Pakistani anti terrorism court for the 2002 massacre of 14 Shiites, police and court officials said yesterday.
 arrow Red alert in Khulna city
Khulna metropolitan city has been put on red alert from Thursday night, following intelligence information that outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) operatives entered the city with a plan to
 arrow 3 killed in 2 road accidents
Two were killed and 11 others injured when a Paikgachha-bound minibus dashed against a roadside tree and fell into a ditch near Tentulia Chowkidar intersection on Khulna-Paikgachha road under Tala upazila
 arrow Human wall will end in fiasco: Harris Chy
Political Secretary to the Prime Minister Harris Chowdhury said here yesterday the so-called human wall from Teknaf to Tentulia to be formed by the Awami League (AL) and its allies today to show no confidence
Businessarrow Stocks sail as savings instrument sales sink
Interest rate cut on fixed interest bearing savings instruments has contributed significantly to the recent surge on the stock markets with the net sale of the once lucrative government certificates plunging
 arrow Economists seek concerted efforts to cut poverty
Economists at their biennial conference yesterday called for harmony of works among practitioners of different sectors to turn their theory into action for eliminating poverty effectively from the society.
 arrow NestlÚ completes 10 years in Bangladesh
NestlÚ Bangladesh Limited yesterday celebrated its 10th anniversary of operations in Bangladesh.
 arrow EU backs Lamy for top WTO job
EU governments formally gave their backing Thursday to former Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy as Europe's candidate to head the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the European Commission said.
 arrow Opec agrees oil supply crackdown
Opec oil producers on Friday agreed to stamp out excess supply that has lowered world prices from record highs.
 arrow Malaysian telecoms firms follow SingTel's overseas march
Malaysian telecoms firms are taking a leaf out of SingTel's book by pursuing overseas acquisitions worth at least US$ 500 million as domestic mobile subscriber growth starts to plateau.
 arrow Snow's reappointment does little to curb euro
The dollar's downward direction will be little affected by news that US President George Bush has asked Treasury Secretary John Snow to stay on in his job.
 arrow Int'l export services fair begins today
The first international export services and logistics fair begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today.
Advisor to Commerce Ministry Barkat Ullah Bulu will inaugurate the three-day exposition.

 arrow Mobile phone users double since 2000
Mobile phone subscribers around the globe totaled nearly 1.5 billion by the middle of this year, about one quarter of the world's population, the International Telecommuni-cation Union (ITU) said on Thursday.
 arrow Gemini Sea Food okays 25pc dividend
Gemini Sea Food Limited has okayed 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003-2004.
 arrow US-Thai free trade talks face indefinite delay
A third round of free trade talks between the United States and Thailand has been delayed until sometime after the Southeast Asian nation holds elections in February, US and Thai officials said Thursday.
 arrow Central American apparel makers brace for China fight
The only way Central American and Caribbean apparel manufacturers can hope to fend off China once WTO export quotas expire is by establishing a "dirt to shirt supply chain that encompasses design, fabric
 arrow Dollar rebounds further
The dollar rebounded further from this week's record low versus the euro on Friday as renewed focus on the US economy and interest rates provided some support for a currency badly hurt in the past two
 arrow New president of Safa
Md Nurul Hasan has been elected president of South Asian Federation of Accountants (Safa) for the year 2005.
 arrow HSBC profits rising in Q3
Global bank HSBC says its performance in the third quarter was "satisfactory", with profits increasing across its regions.
 arrow China inflation slows sharply
China's inflation slowed sharply in November, kept in check by slower price rises for food as government efforts to rein in the economy began to bite, official data showed Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
December 04-December 09, 2004
Local FX Market
US dollar strengthened slightly against Bangladeshi taka in the beginning of the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tailor-made for them
Indian pace sensation Irfan Pathan achieved his first five-wicket haul as Bangladesh failed to repeat their show against India they had done four years ago in the inaugural Test at the same Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Kumble crowned king
It was the moment he had been waiting for but when it finally came, all Anil Kumble did was clench his fists in celebration and that was it.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani smile after 3 years
The talk of the day apart from the Bangladesh-India first Test was definitely the Premier Cricket League battle between two perennial rivals in Fatullah where Abahani recorded a nervy four-wicket winover
 arrow Cricket: Rain spoils finale
Rain washed out the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day cricket series decider between Australia and New Zealand without a ball bowled at the Gabba here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan up against it
Pakistan were facing an uphill battle in their final hit-out before next week's Test after falling 138 runs behind Western Australia at stumps on the second day of their four-day match on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: New crisis hits Zimbabwe
In a move designed to bring down Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Peter Chingoka and his 12-strong board of directors, the biggest province in the country is seeking a special general meeting to propose a motion
 arrow Cricket: BD tour of India looks likely in April
Bangladesh's proposed tour to India next April appears to be on track despite the busy international schedule of both teams.
 arrow Cricket: Everything but the pitch
The setting was perfect for Test match. But somebody forgot to tell the curator at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Of security and fans
It was a rare sight. All shops at the Big Bowl even at the adjacent hockey stadium were closed on the opening day of the first Test.
 arrow Golf: Mercedes Trophy Golf held
The Mercedes Trophy Golf Tournament was played at the lush green Bhatiary Golf and Country Club here yesterday.
 arrow Football: It's a different mood
After finally securing their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, Real Madrid are now turning their attention to domestic matters as they look to make up ground on runaway leaders
 arrow Football: Time to forget jinx
Chelsea must break a nine-year hoodoo if they are to open up an eight-point lead over champions Arsenal when the Premier League's top two meet at Highbury on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Milan's mission
Champions AC Milan will try to maintain the pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus on Sunday, when they host Fiorentina at the San Siro stadium.
 arrow Hockey: Spain in Champs Trophy hockey final
Spain stormed into the final of the men's Champions Trophy field hockey for the first time with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Pakistan here on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani move ahead
Holders Abahani took a solo lead in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League beating Dhaka Railway 2-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho World Soccer's best
Brazilian Ronaldinho was named World Soccer magazine's Player of the Year on Thursday with Jose Mourinho winning Manager of 2004 and Greece taking the Team award.
 arrow Cricket: Shades of Sachin and Vinod
Shishir Tiwari and Sufian Shaikh, two Mumbai schoolboys, put on 531 for the fifth-wicket in a school match to evoke memories of the world-record 664-run stand between Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli
 arrow Cricket: Richardson retires
New Zealand's opening batsman Mark Richardson announced his retirement on Friday, ending a career that included four centuries in 38 Tests.
Nationalarrow Seminar in Rangpur told
Speakers in a seminar here have recommended setting up of industries, expansion of banking network and micro credit among the poor and co-ordination between government and NGO activities in five northern
 arrow Bright prospect for natural indigo in Tangail, Mymensingh
There is a bright prospect for cultivation of natural indigo in Madhupur of Tangail and Phubaria and Muktagacha of Mymensingh districts.
 arrow 2 FIRs lodged against two arrested 'outlaws'
Two outlaws were named accused in two separate FIRs lodged under Arms and Explosives Substances Act with Kafrul Police Station on Monday.
The outlaws are Feroze Alam Lablu and Russel Shaikh.

 arrow Premarital blood test can prevent AIDS
Bangladesh Anti AIDS Students Alliance (BASA) unit at Rajshahi University recently organised a blood donation proramme on the varsity campus to mark World AIDS Day 2004.
 arrow Martyrs Memorial inaugurated at RU
A Martyrs Memorial commemorating the mass killing by Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War was inaugurated near Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Hall at Rajshahi University on Thursday.
 arrow B'baria college declared no-smoking area
Students of Management Depart-ment at Brahmanbaria Government College and Brahmanbaria Dhum-pan O Madak Birudi Sangatha (body against smoking and drug use) joint held at the college on Thursday against
 arrow Tarique Rahman distributes winter clothes
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman on Thursday distributed winter clothes among poor and destitute people on the premises of Thakurgaon Government Girls' High School.
Point-Counterpointarrow Private life of public figures
Everyone of us has a private life, and the right to have one, because we are human beings after all.
Culturearrow War tales of the brave hearts
It was an unprecedented event at the Shaheed Shamsul Huque Khan Auditorium at BIAM yesterday in the lives of the freedom fighters.
 arrow Travellers and Magicians spellbound the jury board
Two men embark on parallel journeys with a common yearning for a better and different life.
 arrow Women confronting with fate
Morten Krogvold from Norway in his exhibition Women Care at the Alliance Franšaise has combined distance with intimacy, minimalism with maximum impact.
 arrow New albums by Fahmida
Two albums--a video titled Bhalobashar Kono Maney Nei and an audio named Tomar Aronye--by singer Fahmida Nabi will be released on the occasion of the Victory Day this year.
Generalarrow Maintain navigability of Buriganga
Speakers at a rally yesterday called upon the government to take proper steps for maintaining natural flow and navigability of the river Buriganga.
 arrow 50pc households landless
Over 50 per cent of the total households in the country are landless while only 62 per cent families own 40 per cent of the total land.
 arrow New antibiotic fights TB: Study
A novel antibiotic that is working well in mice may be the first new drug enlisted in the fight against tuberculosis in 40 years, an international team of researchers said on Thursday.
 arrow Photography book on children launched
A book of photographs by Enam Ul Haque was launched at a function in the city yesterday.
The book titled 'Innocent Bangladesh' is the first photographic study of the children of the country.

 arrow 'Tipaimukh barrage to create environmental disasters'
A barrage on the river Borak at Tipaimukh adjoining Sylhet border would be more disastrous than the Farakka Barrage, said Ferdous Ahmed Koraishi, convenor of the Green Party of Bangladesh.
 arrow Dist level meet on border problems Dec 18
A district level official meeting between Bangladesh and India on border problems will be held at Mohonpur in Sadar upazila on December 18.
 arrow Tk 50 lakh heroin seized in Satkhira
A team of BDR seized 500 grams of heroin worth Tk 50 lakh from a bus on Satkhira-Khulna highway at Binerpota in Sadar upazila yesterday.
Internationalarrow Sharon moves to form new nat'l unity govt
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon moved swiftly yesterday to forge a national unity government after winning approval to reshape his coalition and crushing internal opposition to his Gaza pullout plan.
 arrow Iraqi Shias launch united polls front
Iraq's most powerful-looking electoral bloc unveiled a slate of candidates for its election campaign on Thursday, throwing down a gauntlet to minority Sunni Arabs who complain next month's vote will be
 arrow US critics revive charges of poor Iraq war planning
Critics of the war in Iraq seized on charges that US troops there don't have enough armoured vehicles as another example of poor planning by the Pentagon.
 arrow Bush manipulated N Korean intelligence like he did in Iraq
The United States manipulated intelligence on North Korea's nuclear programme in a similar fashion to its use of weapons of mass destruction to justify the war on Iraq, a US foreign policy expert said
 arrow Nepali students protest against king
Maoist rebels injured four people when they detonated a powerful bomb yesterday on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the second in the Nepal capital area in two days, police said.
 arrow Japan okays overhaul of military policy
Japan has approved an overhaul of its military policy to take account of threats from China and North Korea and to allow defence exports to the United States.
 arrow US soldier found guilty of killing unarmed Iraqi
A US soldier who said he shot dead an unarmed and wounded Iraqi civilian to "put him out of his misery" was found guilty of murder at a court martial in Baghdad yesterday.
 arrow Smoking is bad for brain too
Smoking has long been known to cause cancer, heart disease, impotence and so on -- now, damage to your IQ can be added to the list.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Nexus of money and politics
That money is the cause of all evils has never been more poignantly exposed than in the case of Bangladesh politics.
 arrow Editorial: Anti-corruption awareness
It was rather surprising to learn that Bangladesh is not among the 113 countries that signed the charter of UN-mandated International Anti-corruption Day that was observed worldwide Thursday.
 arrow Assessing our performance ahead of Bijoy Dibosh
Another year is about to end. We are approaching another Bijoy Dibosh (Victory Day).
Quite naturally, like any other Bangladeshi, I have been thinking about the state of our Nation.

 arrow Two contrary trends
Two contrary trends contend in Pakistan's policy-making. The first is what President Pervez Musharraf declared: Pakistan wants to evolve a peaceful coexistence with India. It is an unexceptionable objective.
Letters to Editorarrow Genetically modified organisms
I am writing in response to the article: "GM technology: Advancement or regression?" (Dec 4) The author brings out several dangers of GM technology and raises several important questions.
 arrow Do we care to understand?
At the end, "understanding" rules our relationships. I think the very existence of human relationship depends on understanding.
Literaturearrow When the Walls Weep
Horse-drawn carriages are gradually being eased off the streets of Lahore.
(A newspaper headline)
Wild animals are a national resource; it is our duty to protect them.

 arrow Mosquito And Other Stories
Mosquito And Other Stories, Premendra Mitra, translated by Amlan Das Gupta; Penguin Books India, 2004, xii + 170 pp.
 arrow My Way
Let me live as I please
Why scatter a false trail of blood in my path?

Your talk, your language, your poetry
Tires me, tires me, I am heart-weary

You say I am as free as I can be
 
   
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