Vol. 5 Num 201 Thu. December 16, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow V-Day back again
The nation today celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh earned through a nine-month bloody war against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
 arrow Rab to get devices to tap telephones
The government is buying the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) cellular and land phone interceptors to enable the elite anticrime force to listen in on telephone conversations in a blatant violation of the
 arrow President pardons Shahudul Haque
The government yesterday appointed Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Ashraful Huda as the new inspector general of police (IGP).
 arrow Another big arms haul in Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized another huge cache of arms including sub-machine carbines, Stenguns, rifles and more than 12,000 rounds of ammunition from Chikonchhari of bordering Naikkhongchhari upazila
 arrow ACC staff selection gets delayed over legal tangle
Unfinished legal formalities are delaying staff selection for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
 arrow Treatment hampered as interns on strike
Hundreds of patients seeking admission to Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital are not getting proper treatment, as the interns went on a work abstention programme Tuesday, demanding punishment
 arrow Unite for trial of war criminals, says Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged punishment of the killers of intellectuals during the Liberation War is not possible under the present government, as it was a part of the crime,
 arrow Modern voting system not before 2007
A modern voting system to curb poll fraud will not be in place before the next general election scheduled for early 2007, as the Election Commission (EC) has been unable to move ahead the necessary reforms,
 arrow ADB offers $880m aid
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide over $700 million for investment projects for 2005 and $180 million for the rehabilitation of rural infrastructures damaged in this year's devastating floods.
 arrow Mahathir may renew FTA proposal
Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia and the architect of its rapid rise as an Asian economic power, touches down in Dhaka tomorrow with a 50-member delegation to attend the inaugural
 arrow Next human wall to touch 57 UZs of 19 districts
The second cross-country human wall of the Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine on December 30 will touch 57 upazilas of 19 districts from the Sundarbans en route to Sunamganj.
 arrow Witnesses getting threats, prosecution tells court
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case until December 18, as the prosecution lawyers said they could not produce witnesses before court because
 arrow Pakistan, India hold first arms talks
Pakistan and India yesterday held the first talks on conventional weapons during their current peace dialogue, a day after the rivals discussed reducing the risk of nuclear war.
 arrow Rickshaw banned on Kalabagan- Azimpur road from tomorrow
Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Board (DTCB) has banned movement of rickshaw and other non-motorised vehicles on Kalabagan- New market- Azimpur route from tomorrow.
 arrow Rab nabs 5 Ctg Shibir men
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five police-listed criminals and cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) in the city yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka hopes to be ready by Dec 28 for Saarc summit
Dhaka hopes to finalise by December 28 'minute-by-minute' preparations for the 13th Saarc summit on January 9-11, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday.
 arrow Protesters force traders to shut shops at Khatunganj market
Trading in the port city's main wholesale market, Chaktai-Khatunganj, remained suspended yesterday as angry labourers forced businessmen to shut down about 20,000 big and small shops as well as 2,000godowns
 arrow 58 get hony commission, promotion on Victory Day
Fifty-eight Armed Forces personnel, 50 from Bangladesh Army and 8 from Bangladesh Navy, have been granted honourary commission and promotion on the occasion of the Victory Day, says an ISPR press release.
 arrow CMC classes not held for 3rd day
Classes and administrative activities of Chittagong Medical College (CMC) remained suspended for the third consecutive day yesterday due to indefinite strike enforced by CMC unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir
 arrow Wonderland to mummify the tiger shark
The giant tiger shark caught from the Bay of Bengal on december 9, now kept on a Wonderland amusement park pool at Gulshan in the capital will be mummified for preservation and display.
 arrow Capital to have 8 more police stations soon
Eight more police stations will be set up in the capital within next three months as part of government measures to improve the law and order in the mega city.
 arrow Attack on AL procession at Rangunia: 20 injured
At least 20 people were injured as a truck procession brought out by the Awami League (AL) on the eve of the Victory Day came under attack at Rangunia yesterday.
 arrow Strike at Ctg deferred
A dawn-to-dusk hartal in the port city called for Saturday by the Awami League (AL) and its allies has been deferred to December 30 in view of Bangladesh-India cricket match.
 arrow Notice
The Daily Star observes holiday today on account of Victory Day.
However, the newspaper will come out tomorrow (Friday) under special arrangements.

Businessarrow Exports to EU up on stronger euro
Bangladesh's exports to European Union (EU) countries witnessed a whopping 67 percent growth in the last four years, thanks to stronger currencies and preferential treatment given to products from the
 arrow Bangladesh needs to curb rising inequality
Rising inequality in Bangladesh has to be taken seriously both by the government and the wider civil society for 'anything to happen', regardless of the aid injected by donors as it is only marginal,said
 arrow A&W Restaurant launched
A&W Restaurant, a popular US fast food chain yesterday formally opened an outlet to cater for the taste buds of food connoisseurs in the city's posh Gulshan area.
 arrow Post-MFA era offers both challenge, opportunity
World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich yesterday said apparel quota expiry would bring in both challenges and opportunities for Bangladesh.
 arrow Oil giant Yukos files for US bankruptcy protection
Russian oil giant Yukos, fighting a rearguard action against authorities in Moscow, filed for US bankruptcy protection Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to stop the auction of its main asset Yuganskeneftegaz.
 arrow China targets 8pc GDP growth, 4pc inflation in 2005
China has set an 8 percent growth target for 2005 and aims to peg inflation at around 4 percent to guide the economy towards a soft landing, government sources and economists said yesterday.
 arrow India for deeper economic integration in Saarc bloc
A greater economic integration among South Asian countries under the framework of Safta seemed to gain momentum as the region's main player, India, claimed it gave a fresh look to the imperative of settling
 arrow WB offers assistance for farm sector uplift
The World Bank is willing to help Bangladesh develop its agriculture sector through crop diversification and increased productivity.
 arrow Social Investment Bank grants loan to First Lease
First Lease International Ltd (FLIL) will get an investment facility loan worth Tk 5 crore from Social Investment Bank Ltd (SIBL).
 arrow New branch of Prime Bank opens in N'ganj
Prime Bank Limited yesterday opened its 33rd branch at Shimrail, Siddhirganj in Naryanganj.
 arrow Premier Bank's N'ganj branch opens
Premier Bank Limited inaugurated its 20th branch on SM Maleh Road at Tanbazar in Narayanganj yesterday.
Dr HBM Iqbal, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the branch, says a press release.

Sportsarrow Cricket: No resting in Chittagong?
Resting key players might not be the case when the second and final Test between Bangladesh and Indian begins at the MA Aziz Stadium here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Attack is their motto
Pakistan and Australia are poised for an explosive bowling duel in Thursday's first Test here, with both teams declaring they have the artillery to bombard the other into submission.
 arrow Cricket: Wiser and slower?
The world's fastest bowler wants to slow down -- but not too much.
 arrow Football: Federation Cup in February
The Federation Cup Football tournament, the traditional curtain raiser to the domestic season, will start in the second week of February next year.
 arrow Cricket: Problems for both SA, Eng
South Africa and England start a five-Test series at St George's Park Friday with question marks over both teams.
 arrow Tennis: Anna's secret!
Russian tennis star Anna Kourni-kova, whose good looks have long eclipsed her court skills, has secretly married her singer boyfriend Enrique Iglesias, Us Weekly magazine reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Four-dayer starts today
The Sri Lanka Cricket Academy team arrived yesterday in Dhaka to play one four-day and three limited-overs matches against the Bangla-desh Cricket Board (BCB) High Performance squad.
 arrow Hockey: Wari open account
Wari Club bagged their first point from the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League when they held Ajax Sporting Club to 1-1 draw at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia lifts GM chess crown
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman became unbeaten champion in the Mann Bangladesh Grand Masters Chess tournament yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Pepsi 17th nat'l handball from Saturday
The first phase of the Pepsi 17th National Handball Championship starts in Bagerhat on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Karim's six-for goes in vain
Pacer Faizul Karim bagged six wickets including a hattrick but his team Azad Sporting Club still lost the match against Young Pegasus-B by two wickets in the First Division Cricket League at the BKSPcricket
 arrow Cricket: Jacobs quits at end of season
Former West Indies wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs is set to retire from cricket at the end of the domestic season in the Caribbean.
 arrow Volleyball: Navy oust Police
Bangladesh Navy eliminated Bangladesh Police from the Pepsi Victory Day Volleyball Tournament at the Shaheed Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium yesterday.
The sailors won 25-14, 25-15 and 25-21.

 arrow Football: The final frontier
Andriy Shevchenko has won almost every major honor in soccer. Yet there's still one major gap in his resume - playing in the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Memories don't bite Kahn
German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has blocked out the memory of his nightmare 2002 World Cup final as he returns to the scene of that bitter disappointment for a friendly against Japan here Thursday.
 arrow Not winning friends
Cristiano Ronaldo has been given an enforced break as his team-mates lose patience with the Portuguese star.
 arrow Lua Lua upsets Liverpool
Portsmouth's Lomana Lua Lua headed an equaliser in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the Premier League on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Magpies' Christmas have to wait!
Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has cancelled any official Christmas party for his players in an effort to keep them out of trouble.
 arrow Simeone going back home
Former international midfielder Diego Simeone announced on Tuesday that he is quitting Atletico Madrid in Spain and returning to play football in his native Argentina.
 arrow Ljungberg to see neurologist
Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg is to see a neurologist after missing the last two games due to migraines, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.
Nationalarrow Unabated deer poaching in the Sundarbans
Deer poaching in Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, is going on unabated, violating law.
A large number of spotted deer were killed in the last two months, sources said.

 arrow Bright prospect for rubber plantation in Sherpur
Netrakona: Prospect of rubber cultivation is very bright in Garo hills in Sherpur because of favourable soil and weather conditions.
 arrow 12 die of diarrhoea in Bogra
Twelve persons died of diarrhoea in two weeks here, according to Acting Civil Surgeon Dr Nur-Un-Nahar.
 arrow Aman yield 5 lakh tonnes short of target in Barisal agricultural zone
Aman production in 11 districts under Barisal agriculture zone is five lakh tonnes less than the target of 15.8 lakh tonnes this year due to recurring flood, official sources said.
 arrow Is it a day to rejoice?
Some government and private establishments in Barisal city were decorated with kaleidoscopic lights on the Martyred Intellectuals Day on December 14.
 arrow Two 'muggers' lynched in Ctg
Two alleged muggers were beaten to death by mob in Badurtala Munshi-pukurpar in Panchlaish area of the city on Tuesday.
They were caught while exchanging fire with police.

 arrow Forest guards trained, given sophisticated arms: DFO
A two-day training for Sundarbans forest guards on use of sophisticated firearms ended at the Khulna police lines on Sunday.
 arrow Interest-free loans distributed
A UK-based NGO, Muslim Aid Bangladesh (MAB) on Monday distributed Tk 4,000 interest-free loan to each of 50 poor families of Sadar upazila.
 arrow Torture on woman: SI, cop closed
A sub-inspector of police (SI) and a constable of Sadar thana were closed for allegedly torturing and trying to rape a woman at thana hajat during her stay there for three days.
Point-Counterpointarrow An unfinished victory
The ideas that underlie this write-up have two entwining sources. First, everything the date 16 December means and stands for us the citizens of this country.
 arrow Always nice to come back home
It took us more than an hour to reach Savar, which is approximately 35km away from Dhaka airport.
Culturearrow Rekindling hope through music
It was late in the night, sometime during October 1970. The entire country was going through a tumultuous time during the non-cooperation movement.
 arrow Keeping alive the spirit of Liberation War on films
Chashi Nazrul Islam is the director of the first full-length movie on our freedom struggle-- Ora Egaro Jon.
 arrow Swapan Chowdhury's vision of the warfront
'When the War of Liberation began there were many artists working in Calcutta, Delhi and Patna in 1971,' reminisces Swapan Chowdhury, sitting at his Parjatan office.
 arrow Concert for Bangladesh
Raquib Ahmed and his wife Rebecca like many others in the audience had never seen the Concert for Bangladesh before, although they had heard of the concert which was the first and greatest rock
Generalarrow 'Separation of judiciary a must for rule of law'
Separation of judiciary is a must for ensuring rule of law and sustainable democracy, speakers said at a certificate award ceremony of Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop 2004 yesterday.
 arrow Military hardware display begins
Members of the Bangladesh Armed Forces will join the nation in observing the Victory Day in a befitting manner today.
 arrow Use technology for development
Science and Information and Communications Technology Minister Abdul Moyeen Khan called upon youths to bloom their latent talents for the development of the country.
 arrow Actress Nazma Anwar passes away
Renowned actress Nazma Anwar passed away at her daughter's house in the city on Tuesday at the age of 63.
A pioneer drama activist, she played a major role in promoting theatre in the country.

 arrow Dhaka Nagar Padak 2004 introduced
Dhaka City Corporation has introduced 'Dhaka Nagar Padak 2004' for the first time in nine disciplines for significant contributions to the development of the metropolis.
 arrow Appeal of a son of martyred journalist
Chowdhury Sumon Zahid, the only son of martyred journalist Selina Parveen, has appealed to the mayor of Dhaka City Corporation to name the Outer Circular Road after her mother who was killed by the Pakistani
 arrow SSKOP strike on Dec 26
Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) will go for a 24-hour strike on December 26 demanding formation of the sixth wage board and 60 percent dearness allowance, says a press release.
 arrow Hasina likely to inaugurate AL procession today
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate a party procession in the city in observance of the Victory Day today.
 arrow One arrested
Police yesterday arrested a youth on the Dhaka University (DU) campus on charge of stealing the wreaths from the martyred intellectuals' graveyard beside the university Central Mosque on Tuesday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Two sisters have appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of their mother who has long been suffering from aplastic anaemia, a rare acquired disorder in which there is a failure of the bone
Internationalarrow Palestinian hardliners reject Abbas's call
Palestinian hardliners rejected Wednesday a call by new PLO chief Mahmud Abbas to lay down their weapons as a spiralling death toll in Gaza threatened to undermine his efforts to bring calm to the region.
 arrow Iraq election campaign under way
Political parties in Iraq begin their first official day of campaigning for national elections on Wednesday.
 arrow Document reveals more abuse in Iraq jail
US Marines fired a pistol in a mock execution involving four young Iraqi looters and shocked another Iraqi detainee with an electric transformer until he "danced," a document made public on Tuesday showed.
 arrow Greece bus hijackers demand ransom
Two armed men holding more than 20 people hostage on a bus in an Athens suburb are demanding a million euro (1.3 million US dollars) ransom, the Greek private radio Skai reported.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A day for fresh resolve
Today the nation celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the victory that enabled the people of this land to breathe free and achieve a political identity of their own, after a nine-month long bloody struggle.
 arrow Editorial: Jamila's ordeal
The ordeal of sixteen-year-old Jamila who suffered great brutality working as a maid in Dubai and was robbed of her possessions on arrival back in Dhaka is a salutary reminder of the government's responsibilities
 arrow Some thoughts for the Day
Every nation on earth has a day in its history that carries great significance and holds special meaning for it. For Bangladesh it is December 16. That is the day we defeated the occupation forces.
 arrow Perilously polarised society
The inevitability of pluralism is an admitted reality of a democratic polity. Divergent thoughts and ideas enrich the vitality of a free society.
Letters to Editorarrow Helping the distressed in time
Despite the presence of apparently appropriate agencies, how far the people in distress are being helped is often questioned. Supplies are inadequate and that too not reaching the affected people.
 arrow Caretaker government
We are appalled by the occasional criticism of Mr. SAMS Kibria about caretaker government.
 arrow RAB
I am responding to the editorial titled RAB published on December 9. Of course no one is licensed to kill, not only in a democratic country but also in any country.
 arrow A plea
The Iraq war has become a burning topic for the present world.
 arrow Leaders and followers
This is the season of work and also the season of parties! The leaders and followers of the political parties from the union level to the national level, should become alert and careful so that they do