Vol. 5 Num 199 Mon. December 13, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Big-time investment to come from France
Visiting French Foreign Trade Minister Francois Loos yesterday said French businesses plan to invest soon in the country's energy, pharmaceuticals, water treatment and infrastructure development.
 arrow Officials delete opinions after court bashing
Lawyer for the government officials facing contempt charges for distorting the Supreme Court (SC) orders concerning the independence of the judiciary told the court yesterday that the officials had revoked
 arrow Newspapers not for suppressing facts
Counsels for the two daily newspapers facing contempt charges for running reports on an additional High Court judge's alleged result tampering yesterday said the press had rightly done its duty to 'disinfect'
 arrow Tender violations turn bidders away from Biman
International aircraft makers and aviation equipment suppliers are increasingly turning their back on Biman Bangladesh Airlines, as it cancels procurement tenders at will and frequently violates globally
 arrow India 2wkt away
Maiden half-centuries by Nafees Iqbal and Manzarul Islam yesterday helped Bangladesh avoid the inevitable on the third day of the first Test against India who need just two more wickets to wrap up aninnings
 arrow Raped 17yr back, now on the run for her life
A 34 year old woman, gang-raped nearly 17 years ago, is now on the run after receiving threats on her life if she does not drop her court action against the men she accuses of rape.
 arrow HC bench feels embarrassed to continue hearing
A High Court bench yesterday felt embarrassed to continue hearing on the writ petition filed against the holding of office by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque after he was found guilty
 arrow Grenade attack on Indian cine star's Colombo show
A grenade exploded at an Indian superstar's concert in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo late Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring 18 others, police and doctors said.
 arrow Arafat's death not natural: Nephew
Yasser Arafat's nephew said Saturday his uncle may have died an "unnatural" death, a statement certain to renew speculation among Palestinians and in the rest of the Arab world where many already believe
 arrow Tk 30cr rehab plan launched for jobless SOE staff
The government yesterday launched a Tk 30-crore rehabilitation programme for the voluntarily retired and sacked employees of different state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
 arrow Too Tiny for Tough Test...

 arrow ACC chief wants sacked DG back as secretary
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Justice Sultan Hossain Khan has sent a letter to the Cabinet Division asking it to appoint retired major general Abdul Matin, whose contractual service was terminated
 arrow Countrywide demonstration today
The 14-party opposition alliance including Awami League, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Workers Party will stage demonstrations across the country today protesting ruling party
 arrow HC to hear contempt rule on 4 dailies Jan 2
The High Court will hear on January 2 its contempt rule on the editors, publishers and reporters of four national dailies for publishing stories on a judge's alleged roadside urination.
 arrow Pay commission tenure extended till Jan 31
The government has extended the tenure of the National Pay Commission up to January 31, from its previous January 9, on the grounds that the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc)
 arrow Micro credit to reach 100m poor people
The United Nations has declared the year 2005 as the International Year of Micro Credit with a goal to reach micro credit to 100 million poor people across the globe.
 arrow Indian customs men go on strike over BSF action
Indian customs officials at Petrapole opposite to Benapole land port yesterday went on an indefinite strike to protest BSF action for discouraging import from Bangladesh, disrupting export-import activities.
 arrow Remembering in Lights...

 arrow Blast kills 14 in Philippines
At least 14 people were killed and 59 others injured in a bomb attack in a public market in the southern Philippines yesterday, the military said.
 arrow Meeting at Ctg port to resolve cargo jam
New efforts are underway to address operational bottlenecks at the Chittagong Port, officials of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) announced on Sunday.
 arrow Extortionist lynched in Khilgaon
Workers of a garment factory yesterday lynched an extortionist in Khilgaon in the city.
Businessarrow President for more efforts to make most of ICT talents
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called for strengthening effort to put ICT talents to productive use in private and public sectors with promising prospects for the welfare of the nation.
 arrow Visitors flock to computer exhibition
As the 15th edition of BCS computer show began yesterday a good number of visitors flocked to the fair venue at Bhasani Novo Theatre on Bijoy Sarani in Dhaka to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments
 arrow Set up national board to help bail out sick industries
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has asked the government to set up a high-powered board to hammer out ways to rehabilitate sick industries and speed up the
 arrow Turkish keen to boost trade ties with Bangladesh
A visiting Turkish delegation here yesterday showed keen interest to strengthen trade and investment cooperation with Bangladesh, expressing satisfaction with the country's efforts to address issues affecting
 arrow Asian currencies dip against resurgent dollar
Asian currencies retreated against the dollar as it rallied following a period of heavy falls.
 arrow US textiles makers dig in against 2005 ‘Made in China’ threat
US textile manufacturers are digging in for legal warfare to survive after the January 1, 2005 end of import quotas, which have so far held back a flood of "Made in China" garments.
 arrow Building materials show begins
A three-day building materials exhibition, organised by Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), began at Sheraton Hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Merchandise exports in India up 26pc
India's merchandise exports stood at six billion dollars in November this year, a record increase of 26 percent as compared to the same month a year ago.
 arrow RubyCement to be used in container terminal project
China Harbour Engineering Company will use RubyCement for the construction of the country's biggest container terminal at New Mooring in Chittagong.
 arrow Seminar for ISPs held
Access Telecom (BD) Ltd and NextNet Wireless held a seminar for leading internet service providers (ISPs) on sharing the existing infrastructure deployed by Access Telecom recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Fiat, GM set for showdown
Fiat and General Motors head for a showdown this week as a one-year truce expires, opening the way for them to go to court over whether Fiat can force the US group to buy its loss-mired car unit.
 arrow Chrysler, Ford recall over 1m vehicles
DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler division said on Friday it was recalling about 600,000 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles and Dodge Dakota pickup trucks because of concerns about their safety.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Of records & a comedy
Records tumbled on the third day of the first Test at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. But in the process Bangladesh were on the receiving end even after hearing the wise words of Wasim Akram.
 arrow Cricket: 'This wicket is the best I've played on in Asia'
Irfan Pathan can not be faulted for falling in love with the Banga-bandhu National Stadium wicket.
 arrow Cricket: Zahoor slices Uttara
Zahoor Elahi smashed his second century in five matches as Old DOHS stormed to a 110-run win against Uttara Sporting Club in the Green Delta Premier Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Salman tipped to open
Salman Butt is certain to open the Pakistan batting in the first Test against Australia starting on Thursday on a wicket which his opposite number believes will have the fast bowlers "licking their lips".
 arrow Hockey: Spain deny Dutch treble
Spain won the men's field hockey Champions Trophy for the first time when they defeated defending champions the Netherlands 4-2 in the final here Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan do Indian double
Hosts Pakistan defeated arch-rivals India for the 12th time in 16 matches this year to win their third successive bronze medal at the men's Champions Trophy field hockey here on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Abbas takes his last penalty-corner
Pakistan's penalty-corner ace Sohail Abbas, field hockey's leading scorer with 274 goals, announced his retirement from the game on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: England start shakily
England's lack of match practice was exposed Saturday when they made a shaky start to their only first-class game before a five-Test series against South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Marsh to quit after Ashes
Rodney Marsh is to step down as an England selector and head of the country's cricket academy after next year's Ashes series.
 arrow Cricket: Let the spirit rule
Flamboyant Test umpire Billy Bowden has called on Australia and Pakistan's cricketers to avoid controversy in their upcoming series by reaching a gentlemen's agreement on disputed catches.
 arrow Cricket: No Mashrafee in Chittagong?
Pace ace Mashrafee bin-Mortuza is set to be rested in the second Test against India in Chittagong.
 arrow Hockey: MSC too strong for Bima
Maksud Alam Habul scored twice in the second half as Mohammedan Sporting Club handed Sadharan Bima 5-1 thrashing in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Uzbek Tahir leads the way
International Master Vakhidov Tahir of Uzbekistan took a solo lead in the Maan Bangladesh Grand Masters' Chess Tournament yesterday.
After the fourth round Tahir raised his tally to 3.

 arrow Football: Porto on the spot
Porto of Portugal defeated Once Caldas of Colombia 8-7 in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw to win the last edition of the Inter-continental Cup here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Goodbye Toyota Cup
Football's Intercontinental Cup will become the FIFA Club World Championship from next year after 45 years of golden days, dark ages and rejuvenation in Japan.
 arrow Football: Barca does enough
Barcelona's Andres Iniesta and Xavi were on target in a 2-1 victory at Albacete to shoot them 12 points clear at the top of the Spanish first division on Saturday night.
 arrow Football: Di Canio to the rescue
Serie A dark horses Udinese strengthened their position in third place with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at struggling Atalanta on Saturday, their seventh win in nine league matches.
 arrow Football: Everton's wait ends
Lee Carsley's second-half strike was enough to secure Everton's first home win over rivals Liverpool since 1997 and saw them jump to second-place in the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Bayern winter kings
Bayern Munich made sure they will restart the Bundesliga in January as league leaders after fighting back from two goals down to claim a point in a 2-2 draw with VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Cristiano's body to undergo second autopsy
A second post mortem will be carried out on Brazilian-born striker Cristiano Junior in an attempt to end a row over the cause of his death last week while playing in India, his club coach said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Muslim Sporting Club and Parnanduali Ekadosh drew 1-1 in the Shaheed Mukul Smriti Football League at the Government College playground yesterday.
Nationalarrow Fake fertilisers sold openly in N dists
Production and sale of spurious and harmful fertilisers continue unabated in some northern districts due to lax monitoring by the authorities and law enforcers.
 arrow A costly complex underutilised
It glitters outside but is hollow inside.
The magnificent Begum Rokeya Smriti Kendra was built at her birth place --Payraband-- at a cost of Tk 3.

 arrow 13 held from Barisal BNP office, arms recovered
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested 13 alleged drug addicts, gamblers and extortionists from a BNP office at Kawnia in the city Friday night. Some of them are wanted in murder cases.
 arrow Sweet water fishes depleting in Mymensingh haors
The hustle and bustle of yesteryear in and around different haor areas in greater Mymensingh is no more seen now.
 arrow Punishment to killers demanded
Government Devendra College teachers and students on Saturday brought out a procession and held a meeting in front of the deputy commissioner's (DC) office here demanding punishment to killers of college
 arrow Salary of 177 high officials held up in Barisal Income tax returns not submitted
Salaries of 177 government officials including some high-ups have been held up for non-submission of income tax returns in time, official sources said. The last date was October 31.
 arrow DG among 11 sued
A case has been filed with the Senior Assistant Judge Court here against 11 high officials of the district administration and the education department for their alleged involvement in corruption and irregularities
 arrow Islam ensures women's right Speakers at open dialogue say
Speakers at an open dialogue on 'Building Muslim Women's Awareness about Islam and their Rights' here on Saturday said Islam ensures women's rights and their position in family, social and national life.
 arrow Hands, legs of RU Chhatra Union leader fractured by Shibir
Activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student front of Jamaat-e-Islami, attacked and injured Rajshahi University Chhatra Union President S M Chandan on the Saturday evening.
Point-Counterpointarrow Why $3 billion buys zero political power
Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) send back over $3 billion every year. But they have no impact on the political direction of this country.
Culturearrow Abstraction: The call of the times
Iftikharuddin Ahmed is holding a solo exhibition of his 51 paintings, in oil and acrylic, at Saju Art Gallery.
 arrow Moving canvas of 1971
The red and the green. These two colours are firmly etched in every Bangladeshi's heart as our national flag is the combination of both.
 arrow Popular Indian classical singer Subbulakshmi dead
Popular Indian classical vocalist M.S. Subbulakshmi died recently.
 arrow Bijoy Utshab-2004
It was the day of street dramas on the second day of the Liberation War Museum's weeklong programme to observe the Victory Day.
Generalarrow People's Voice launched
People's Voice, audio compact discs, containing the speeches of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from 1971 to 1975 was launched yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure security for women migrant workers'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for proper pre-departure orientation to ensure security for women migrant workers.
 arrow Oust-govt agitation to continue: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said that Awami League would continue its movement to dislodge BNP-led four-party alliance government.
 arrow Jute products fair ends
Expansion of local market for diversified jute products is essential for revival of golden fiber's lost glory and its survival in the face of tough competition with artificial fibers, said the experts
 arrow Bangla TV channel in London from December 16
An independent Bangla television Channel-S will start airing its programmes from London on December 16, the Victory Day of Bangladesh.
 arrow PCJ calls strike at RU today
Pragatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ) today enforces a strike at Rajshahi University (RU) to protest an attack by Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on a leftist student leader Saturday.
 arrow Newsmen barred from covering CU function
Journalists were barred from covering a function arranged on the occasion of the Chancellor Gold Medal distribution ceremony at the Social Science Faculty auditorium in Chittagong University yesterday.
 arrow EWU celebrates 8th founding anniversary
East West University (EWU) celebrated its eighth founding anniversary in a befitting manner at the Osmani Memorial Hall in the city on Saturday.
 arrow OCAS reunion programmes Dec 23-25
The 4th reunion of Old Cadets Association of Sylhet (OCAS) and silver jubilee of Sylhet Cadet College (SCC) will be held on the college campus on December 23 to 25, says a press release.
 arrow Cadet College Club executives
Zaglur Rahman Khan and Maj. (retd.) Khandker Badrul Hasan have been re-elected president and secretary general of the Cadet College Club for 2005, says a press release.
 arrow Distribution of IU admission test forms postponed
Islamic University authorities yesterday postponed the distribution of admission test forms as different student organisations staged demonstrations protesting price hike of the forms.
Internationalarrow Kashmiris from both zones meet in Nepal
Separatists from both the Indian and Pakistani zones of Kashmir were meeting in Nepal to discuss the troubled region's future among themselves, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Myanmar frees 5,000 more prisoners
At least two Myanmar dissidents were among thousands of prisoners freed yesterday after the military government announced it had begun releasing more than 5,000 detainees in a third mass release in less
 arrow Ukraine kicks off new presidential campaign
Ukraine's repeat election campaign officially kicked off yesterday but the country's ruling elite was silent after news that Western-oriented opposition leader and presidential frontrunner Viktor Yushchenko
 arrow Arabs rebuff US calls for speedy reforms
US calls for reform in the Middle East clashed with Arab demands to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict on Saturday as Washington insisted that economic and political modernisation is needed to fight terrorism.
 arrow Iraqi security forces face wave of attacks
Security forces were again targeted in a spate of deadly weekend attacks across Iraq, as the number of US troops killed while trying to impose order ahead of next month's landmark elections continuedto
 arrow Maoists bomb 2 houses in Kathmandu
Nepal's army killed six Maoists in the country's west while two houses were damaged in bomb attacks in the capital during weekend violence, police said yesterday.
 arrow British medics question suicide verdict over Kelly's death
Two paramedics called to the apparent suicide of British weapons scientist David Kelly last year have severe doubts about the official verdict that he killed himself, they said in an interview yesterday.
 arrow Labour opens way for alliance with Sharon
Israel's opposition Labour party said yesterday it had no preconditions for joining with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, paving the way for a broad new government to push through his Gaza withdrawal plan.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A peaceful way of making a point
We share the nation's profound sense of relief that the opposition programme designed to form a human chain to express its protest at various failings of the government, passed off peacefully.
 arrow Editorial: Faruk's freedom from deadly captivity
Relief -- is the only word that came to our mind when we first heard about the release of abducted Bangladeshi truck driver, Abul Kashem Faruk, in Baghdad.
 arrow The making of another armageddon?
Even as the world is still adjusting to second Bush presidency, profound changes in the top echelons of the new administration are underway.
 arrow Much ado about nothing
What do you do when there is nothing to do? For normal people that is not a problem. We sleep. We laze. We bond. We read or, more probably, doze before the more mindless television junk.
 arrow Biotechnology : Needed policy for patronage
Finally a constructive debate on biotechnological research and its application in our country has started.
Letters to Editorarrow Street children in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is a developing country and most of the people are poor. They can not send their children to schools.
 arrow The American dream
The shattering of the American dream was well spotlighted by Fareed Zakaria in his column (Nov 27).
 arrow The decline of the industrialised countries
Singapore is suffering from a shortage of babies! Every year at least 50,000 babies have to be born to offset the small population of 3.4 million, but only 35,000 babies were born last year.
 arrow Crossfire and a few words
Since RAB has started their operation against terrorists in Bangladesh one particular issue has been highly criticised among a few intellectuals in Bangladesh.
 arrow A piece of the pie
Foreign industrialised countries (facing sunset years) are eyeing the rich prospects of investing in Bangladesh, full of unexploited natural resources, without the current local means to harvest the same
 arrow Local assembly of mobile telephones
It is heartening news that at long last the government (through BTTB?) has agreed to make available the facilities of the TSS (Telephone Shilpa Sangstha) for the local assembly of mobile cell telephones.
 arrow Payment of electricity bill
While we welcome the computerised monthly electricity bill we would like to state as follows for kind information and necessary action of PDB/DESA:
 arrow Abolish moon sighting committee
Do we really need a central moon sighting committee? The astronomy has advanced so much that we can get a second to second position of celestial bodies. So why not ask the position well in advance.
 arrow Jihad against corruption
The newly formed Anti Corruption Commission has declared "jihad" against corruption.
 arrow Terrorism and public life in Bangladesh
The public life in Bangladesh has already become very miserable in the face of organised terrorism through the country.
 arrow Traffic Jam Chawk bazar
Traffic jam has become a common scenery in Chawkbazar. All types of people teachers, students, businessmen- suffer greatly due to the jam. They can't reach in their destination on time.
 arrow Want a change
The masses have no faith in politics now. The party in power is suppressing opposition parties and opposition parties are trying to get back in power to do the same.
 arrow Hello, Caller!
With much interest I have gone through the feature "Caller ID can reduce crime" published in the "Star City" section of "The Daily Star" on December 06,2004.
 arrow Eskaton Garden Road or Eskaton Garbage Road?
You are aware that Eskaton Garden area is basically a residential area with government officers' quarters on one side and private city dwellers in multistoried apartments and flats on the other side.
 arrow Prothom Alo
We, the students of Sher-E-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) are really upset that the university authority has banned Bangla daily Prothom Alo in our campus after a report titled "Party fightand
 arrow RAB action
The mission of the most powerful RAB is though unlike RB (Rakkhi Bahini) of the seventies, the difference between these two is becoming very thin and confusing.
Star Cityarrow Leasing proves futile: Diba face losses
Leasing out of Gabtoli bus terminal has failed to prove fruitful as the private company that took lease of it faces financial loss.
 arrow Gabtoli terminal renovation to complete by March
The construction and renovation work of Gabtoli bus terminal with all facilities for passengers is likely to be completed by March next year.
 arrow Rayerbazar slope protection work accelarates for Dec 14
The protection work on the slope of the Rayerbazar Intellectual Martyr's Monument re-started after a three-month delay to have it completed by December 14 -- Intellectual Martyrs Day.
 arrow Slow-going Liberation War projects
Ministry of Liberation War Affairs is moving at a snail's pace to complete its development projects taken since its establishment in 2001.
 arrow Jute fair showcases possibilities
The Jute Mela (jute fair) which began on December 8 and ended yesterday, has presented a myriad of unexpected jute products that include car parts and even pharmaceutical items.