Vol. 5 Num 200 Tue. December 14, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Shahudul removed
The government yesterday removed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque from office after his conviction for contempt of court Tuesday.
 arrow Nation recalls their supreme sacrifice today
The nation observes the Martyred Intellectuals Day today paying glowing tributes to the illustrious sons of the soil who made the supreme sacrifice at the fag end of the 1971 Liberation War, with thekillers
 arrow UK, Japan to jointly help improve order, governance
Representatives from Britain and Japan, the two largest bilateral donors in Bangladesh, yesterday said they are joining hands with the government to take concrete steps to help improve governance andlaw
 arrow Cabinet nods to tax ombudsman
The cabinet yesterday approved, in principle, the appointment of a tax ombudsman at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to deal with the complaints from taxpayers about payment of taxes.
 arrow 5 die in 'crossfire' with Rab, police
Five people including two regional leaders and a cadre of outlawed outfits were killed in 'crossfire' between criminals and Rab and police in Dhaka and elsewhere yesterday.
 arrow Govt asked to explain why rank stripping not illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain why the notification stripping former air chief Jamaluddin Ahmed of his rank of air marshal should not be declared illegal.
 arrow Lost their loved ones, gained no recognition
As the nation observes the Martyred Intellectuals Day today, due respect and recognition from the government still elude family members of many of the martyred intellectuals.
 arrow 8 Marines killed in Iraq attacks
Eight US Marines were killed in two separate incidents in Iraq's restive Anbar province, the military said yesterday, a day after American warplanes pounded Fallujah with missiles as insurgents battled
 arrow 46 bridges remain run-down for 4yr
Strings attached to the UK assistance pledged in the last four years did not let the Roads and Highways Department repair and rebuild 46 dilapidated and accident-prone bridges on highways stretching over
 arrow Dubai horror still haunts Jamila
Jamila, the teenage Bangladeshi girl who was seriously assaulted by her employer in Dubai and was robbed of her possessions on arrival at Dhaka Friday, is still numbed in an unimaginable horror of her
 arrow Opposition agitates countrywide
Demanding immediate resignation of the government, the Awami League (AL)-led opposition parties yesterday staged demonstrations across the country, including hartal in Bogra and Gaibandha, in protestagainst
 arrow Hope pinned on Aminbazar power plant
Dhaka is likely to have an uninterrupted electricity supply system when Aminbazar 230/132kv substation goes into commercial operation next month feeding the 230kv Dhaka Ring transmission line, claim officials
 arrow 'Give us more aid, we'll listen more'
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told Japanese and British donors that donors advise Bangladesh a lot but provide much less assistance and the only way they can make Bangladeshlisten
 arrow Separate land body for indigenous people sought
The number of landless among the indigenous people in the northern region has been on a continuous rise in the last few decades, reaching 85 percent now from only 20 percent in 1947, a seminar was told
 arrow China to tax its textile goods to quell world worry
Local garment exporters, who are bracing themselves for an uphill battle with the Chinese apparel in post-quota era, yesterday welcomed China's decision to impose duties on its certain textile exports.
 arrow Women's reserved seats election act challenged
Thirteen women leaders, one of them a minister's wife, yesterday filed a writ petition in the High Court seeking a stay order on execution of the Jatiya Sangsad (Reserved Women's Seat) Election Act, 2004,
 arrow Irked Biman fliers board Indian flight
Twenty-two Mumbai bound aggrieved passengers of Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday left for their destination by an Indian Airlines flight under Biman's arrangements.
 arrow Biggest away win for India
It was yet another four-day capitulation for Bangladesh as India recorded their biggest away win by an innings and 140 runs in the first Test at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Ministry to slash number of forest check posts
The Ministry of Environment and Forest has identified forest check posts as the source of corruption and decided to slash their number.
 arrow Protect guest birds at JU Demands environmental group
Paribesh Banchao Andolon (PBA), a campaigner on environmental issues, yesterday appealed to the people to refrain from killing guest birds and conserve bird sanctuary.
Businessarrow July-Oct agri loan up 58pc
Eight nationalised commercial and specialised banks disbursed Tk 1154.
 arrow Troubled PCBs promise to curb down classified loans
The eight private commercial banks (PCBs), crippling with excessive classified loans, vowed to bring down the bad loans to a Bangladesh Bank set level by this year-end.
 arrow Web portal for mobile enthusiasts launched
A new web portal dubbed www.DeshiMobile.com was formally launched yesterday to cater for the growing demands of the mobile phone users and cell phone enthusiasts of Bangladesh.
 arrow Chittagong Chamber goes to polls today
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) goes to polls today to elect a 24-member board for the next two-year term.
 arrow India scales down growth projection
Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram unveiled his government's mid-year review of the economy yesterday lowering growth projections at over 6 percent this fiscal but asserted India would remain one of
 arrow Integrated efforts for sustainable shrimp farming needed
A two-day international workshop on ‘Policy Issues for Sustainable Shrimp Farming’ began yesterday with a call for integrated efforts of shrimp farmers and stakeholders for sustainable shrimp farmingin
 arrow China imposes duties on textile exports
China will impose duties on textile and clothing exports to ease international concerns mainland producers could flood markets when a decades-old quota system is lifted next month, state press reported
 arrow Denmark praises poverty reduction progress
Ib Petersen, under secretary for bilateral affairs and leader of the Danish delegation, has praised Bangladesh for making progress in poverty reduction.
 arrow Agribusiness plan award contest tomorrow
The award giving ceremony of "Agripreneur 2004 Regional Agribusiness Plan Competition" will be held tomorrow at the Karnphuli Hall of Hotel Agrabad in the port city.
 arrow RMG unit owners ‘should give TU rights to employees’
Owners of the country's ready-made garment (RMG) industry should give trade union (TU) rights including all necessary facilities to the labourers and employees working in different mills and factories.
 arrow Uttara Bank, CDBL sign deal
Uttara Bank Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert the bank's physical shares to scripless ones for trading on the stock exchanges.
 arrow Oil above $41 as Saudi cuts supplies to Asia
Oil prices climbed above $41 a barrel yesterday after Saudi Arabia cut January crude deliveries to clients in Asia, confirming that the top exporter was adhering to Opec's agreement last week to curbexcess
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dav fights for Tigers
One does not have to teach Bangladeshi fans what frustration is.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly remains focused
Despite an easy sailing in the first Test where his side handed an innings and 140-run defeat on the home side inside four days, Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was not losing focus ahead of the secondTest.
 arrow Cricket: A pitch too good to be true
The first Test between Bangladesh and Indian might be remembered as another mismatch after a crushing innings and 140-run defeat for the home side, but the pitch at the Bangabandhu National Stadium was
 arrow Cricket: Gilly wary of Pakistan
Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist has warned his team against writing off Pakistan ahead of Thursday's first Test, saying both their batting and bowling could turn a match in moments.
 arrow Cricket: A BCB relief!
The fourth morning of the first Test between Bangladesh and India was refreshingly different at least for the professionals as they could work in peace without being disturbed by the high-profile non-professional
 arrow Cricket: SA A get Eng in trouble
England were in danger of defeat despite a fighting innings by captain Michael Vaughan on the second day of their three-day match against South Africa A at Sedgars Park on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Malik cleared for 1st Test
Pakistan off-spinner Shoaib Malik is clear to play in the first Test against Australia starting Thursday as the results of tests on his bowling action will not be known for at least a week, officialshere
 arrow Football: Scare spoils the end
Real Madrid's Primera Liga match against Real Sociedad was abandoned on Sunday with the scores level at 1-1 after police received a warning that a bomb would explode at the stadium at 2000 GMT.
 arrow Football: Milan run riot
AC Milan crushed Fiorentina 6-0 at the San Siro on Sunday with Andriy Shevchenko and Clarence Seedorf scoring two goals each.
 arrow Football: Chelsea cheerless with derby draw
Leaders Chelsea maintained their five-point lead over champions Arsenal at the top of the Premiership by twice pulling level at Highbury on Sunday to rescue a 2-2 draw in a combative London derby.
 arrow Cricket: Bad news for Sachin fans?
Cricket lovers in Chittagong are likely to miss a great chance to watch batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in action when the second Test starts at the MA Aziz Stadium on December 17.
 arrow Cricket: Nazmul in for second Test
Young paceman Nazmul Hossain got a Test call up when the selectors named a 14-member Bangladesh squad for the Chittagong Test against India yesterday.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan crash out of Nepal meet
Man Young Kang experienced a horror on his first assignment when Mohammedan Sporting Club crashed out of the Himalayan Bank Cup football tournament after their first match in Nepalese capital Kathmandu
 arrow Cricket: Enamul to lead HP squad
Test cap Enamul Haque (Jr) will lead the CB High Performance Squad against Sri Lankan Cricket Academy in a four-day match starting at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium from December 16.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi V-Day volleyball
The Pepsi Victory Day Volleyball Tournament begins today at the Shaheed Suhrawardi National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur with one foreign team taking part.
 arrow Cricket: Crucial cricket matches today
The fifth round of the Green Delta Premier Division Cricket League ends today with three teams vying for the top position before the 12-team fray goes into an eight-day break.
 arrow Chess: Three lead GM Chess
Uzbekistan Grand Master Iuldachev Saidali joined compatriot Interna-tional Master Vakhidov Tahir and local GM Ziaur Rahman atop the table of the Maan Bangladesh Grand Master Chess Tournament at the end
 arrow Hockey: Usha back on top
Usha Krira Chakra retained solo lead in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League with a 2-0 win over Sonali Bank at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Remaining minutes of Real-Sociedadon Jan 5
Real Madrid will play the final seven minutes of their league match against Real Sociedad on January 5 after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of their Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Beckhams attacked!
A controversial waxwork nativity scene starring Britain's celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham, as holy couple Mary and Joseph, has been mauled in an attack, the Madame Tussaud's museum said Monday.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
The match between Shaheed Mintu Sangha and Mohammadpur Ekadosh in the Shaheed Mukul Smriti Football League ended as a goalless draw at the Magura Government college playground yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Hockey camp
A 15-day long hockey camp for under-16 players began at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
About 25 players are participating in the programme being conducted by the District Sports Association.

 arrow Olympics: BBC honours Holmes
Double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes added to her list of honours in 2004 when she was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year at a ceremony here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC likely to leave Lord's
World cricket's governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) is poised to announce a move from Lord's, its headquarters since 1909.
Nationalarrow Allow sugar mills in private sector
Business leaders in Rangpur and Kurigram have urged the government to allow setting up of medium scale cane-based sugar mills in the private sector in northern districts.
 arrow 'Crossfire' kills 18 in Kushtia in 6 months
Eighteen listed criminals were killed in 'crossfire' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in six months in the district.
 arrow Killings in bomb attacks rise in Jhenidah
Killings in bomb attack by miscreants have increased in Jhenidah district.
 arrow Barisal DITE ransacked again by admission seekers
Agitated admission seekers on Sunday ransacked the Diploma Institute of Textile Engineering (DITE) here for second time within a span of three days.
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 3 lives in Rajshahi
Diarrhoea claimed three lives and 200 others were attacked with the deadly disease here in three days.
The dead victims are Ershadul, Shayamoli and Sumitra of Bagmara and Puthia upazilas.

 arrow 10 hurt in JCD clash over share of gambling money
At least 10 people were injured and a number of shops were damaged when two groups of Jubo Dal activists clashed over sharing gambling money in Koimari Hat in Jaldhaka upazila on Sunday.
 arrow 10 trafficked from Satkhira since Nov
Trafficking has increased alarmingly in the districts. At least 10 women and children were trafficked in since November, according to police records and other sources.
 arrow Alleged extortion by police in Satkhira
Police on Saturday night picked up 18 people in connection with the robbery at a schoolteacher's house in Mirzapur village in Tala upazila, committed on the previous night by a gang impersonating RAB(Rapid
 arrow Abducted college girl not yet rescued
Police could not yet rescue college girl Nusrat Aman Tanni, 20, kidnapped on Thursday from Jhenidah town allegedly by some JCD (Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal) activists.
 arrow BNP activist held with pistol
Muladi police on Sunday arrested a BNP activist named Masum Sarder,22, on Sunday.
 arrow Minor girl raped, killed in Patuakhali
A minor girl was raped and killed at East Chandkati village under Dhulia union of Baufal upazila in Patuakhali on Friday.
 arrow 20 hurt in clash over land
At least 20 people were injured when rival groups clashed over a piece of land in at Noboganjgram village in Akhaura upazila on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Driving towards energy divide?
Already at the doorstep of a "digital divide", Bangladesh seems to be poised for an "energy divide". According to a recent World Bank Report (2003), a double burner costs Tk. 375/month.
Culturearrow Zainul: The pioneer of Bangladesh's modern art movement
The month-long celebration of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin's 90th birth anniversary began on December 12 through three exhibitions of the artist's paintings at the galleries of the National Museum, Bangladesh
 arrow Seeking joy of their own
Neo Ntsoma from South Africa represents South African youth in her work in Chobi Mela III at the Alliance Francaise. These young people represent the future. They are the source of renewed energy.
 arrow Mime show makes for an enjoyable evening
The Modern Art and Photographic Society for the Deaf, a Calcutta-based organisation, held two shows of mime in Rangpur town hall recently.
 arrow 'There were times when I practised till dawn' -- Munmun
Popular danseuse Munmun Ahmed got together with The Daily Star recently. The conversation veered to her views on dance, life and other matters.
Generalarrow 'One of every five children has no access to pry edn'
One of every five children in Bangladesh do not have access to primary education while one of three students drops out of school before completing the fifth grade, experts said at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow UK, Japan to support Bangladesh for further economic growth
Britain and Japan will jointly extend all possible support to Bangladesh for further economic growth as they found the country making 'impressive progress' towards UN Millennium Development Goals.
 arrow ACC has to gain credibility first
The newly formed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has to prove its credibility first for its successful performance, speakers said at a seminar on 'Anti-Corruption Commission: Expectations and UrgentRequirements'
 arrow Biman to float fresh tender
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has cancelled tender bids of manufacturers of Dash and ATR planes and decided to float fresh tender to buy three Dash aircraft.
 arrow Health secy says sorry to JS body for his absence in meeting
The health ministry secretary yesterday apologised to the Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of the Jatiya Sangsad for his absence at the committee's previous meeting that discussed irregularities in the
 arrow Agriculture secy gets extension
Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture ASM Abdul Halim has been given one-year extension of service.
 arrow Religious confce begins today
A three-day religious conference titled 'Matua Grand Conference' will begin at village Brahmin Patna in Naragati, Narail today to pray for world peace, says a press release.
 arrow Shibir continues strike at CMC
No classes were held in Chittagong Medical College (CMC) yesterday due to indefinite strike enforced by CMC unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir.
Internationalarrow 5 soldiers killed in Israeli base blast
Palestinians tunneled half a mile and used more than a ton of explosives to blow up a heavily fortified Israeli army base at the Gaza-Egypt crossing, killing five Israeli soldiers and wounding five in
 arrow US still seeking final success in Iraq
One year after the capture of Saddam Hussein, the United States is agonising over how to end the insurgency and create the "new Iraq" promised by President George W. Bush.
 arrow 'India, Pakistan must crack down on drug trade together'
India and Pakistan must fight together against the growing trade in drugs from Afghanistan through the notorious "Golden Crescent" region, a Pakistani official said yesterday.
 arrow UFO explodes over Chinese city?
An unidentified flying object, or UFO, passed across the large northwestern Chinese city of Lanzhou and apparently exploded in the suburbs, state media said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam aides refusing food: US military
Several of Saddam Hussein's jailed deputies have been refusing food but Saddam himself is not on hunger strike on the eve of the first anniversary of his capture, an officer in charge of detainees said
 arrow Indian troops on alert along Myanmar border
Indian troops have been put on alert along the border with Myanmar after rebels entered the northeastern state of Mizoram and shot dead an army captain, a regional minister said yesterday.
 arrow Abbas set for victory in Palestinian election
PLO chairman Mahmud Abbas appeared yesterday guaranteed of victory in the Palestinian presidential election after the withdrawal of his chief rival but an upsurge of violence underlined the scale of the
 arrow EU asks Maldives to ensure free elections
European Union diplomats yesterday urged Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to ensure free elections in his restive archipelago, but dissidents said key politicians were still behind bars.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Investment from France
The statement made by the French foreign trade minister Francois Loos in Dhaka that his country plans to invest heavily in Bangladesh's energy, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, and infrastructure development
 arrow Editorial: The recruitment tale
We are heartened not only by the news of parliament standing committees sitting for business but also by the vibrancy manifested therein by exchanges between the committee members belonging to the government
 arrow Only democracy can work for Pakistan
During the Pakistani president's most recent visit to Washington and London, both President Bush and Prime Minister Blair effusively praised President Pervez Musharraf's courage in "standing firm against
 arrow Primary education: Are we on track?
Will the goal of quality primary education by 2015 for all children in Bangladesh be reached? The answer is no, if "business as usual" goes on, according to the Global Education for All (EFA) Monitoring
Letters to Editorarrow Hope in Despair
Despite wilderness of despairs a piece of tiny news on the DS on 7th Dec. blows a gentle bridge of hope and aspiration in my mind.
 arrow My thoughts on "How to Eradicate Poverty from Bangladesh"
To me poverty is a curse on anyone who falls victim of this situation. Bangladesh was considered as "Sonar Bangla" in the past as she had plenty of fish, poultry, pulses, cereals, to feed her population.
 arrow BTTB Mobile Phone- A long cherished hope
BTTB is finally going to launch their eagerly awaited mobile phone. Cell phone culture has become the most dynamic technology in the arena of communication.
 arrow Rustle beside resonance
The year, after few days, will be drawn into the black hole of the cosmic era. The world will be adorned insouciantly or intricately to receive the New Year with open arms.
Featurearrow Anwar Pasha's pursuit of freedom
Rifles Roti Awrat (published 1973), a Bangladesh Liberation War memoir translated by Kabir Chowdhury as Rifles Bread and Women (1976) was written by Anwar Pasha, a professor of Bangla department
 arrow Remembering my father
Dr Md Fazle Rabbee, an internationally renowned cardiologist, was lifted from his house at 75 Jalpaiguri Lane in Shiddeswari, Dhaka on Wednesday, 15th December, 1971 at 4PM by Pakistani army and local
 arrow Upholder of truth
Asrar Ahmad, former president of PFUJ wrote this piece back in 1995. But it remained with Shaheed Serajuddin Hussain’s son unpublished till today.
 arrow Preparation to kill....