Vol. 5 Num 211 Sat. December 25, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow RU teacher knifed to death
Unidentified assailants knifed and hammered a Rajshahi University (RU) professor to death at Binodpur in the city yesterday morning sparking off daylong agitation and public outcry.
 arrow Bomb goes off at Sylhet Mohila AL meet
President of district Mohila Awami League (AL) and former lawmaker Syeda Zebunnesa Haque,General Secretary Ruby Fatema Islam, and six other leaders and activists were injured as a powerful bomb went off
 arrow Six more killed in 'crossfire'
Four alleged criminals and two outlawed political operatives have been killed in the country since Thursday night apparently in six incidents of shootout and 'crossfire' between their bands and the law
 arrow 21 killed as truck skids off road in Tangail
Twenty-one people died and four others were injured in road accident in Tangail yesterday.
In two other accidents in Sirajganj and Manikganj on the day, five people died and nine were injured.

 arrow Christmas today
The Christians of Bangladesh, as elsewhere in the world, celebrate Christmas today in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
 arrow Bhuiyan mildly hurt while opening gas pipeline
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan suffered an injury yesterday while inaugurating a gas pipeline at Tararchar under Shibpur upazila of Narsinghdi, said a press release.
 arrow RU syndicate may okay controversial recruitment today
The syndicate of Rajshahi University (RU) is expected to approve in a meeting today the recent controversial recruitment of 15 teachers at the social work and the computer science and technology (CST)
 arrow Outlawed parties to avenge 'killing' of Mofakkhar
All police stations and outposts in Jhenidah, Kushtia and Magura districts have been put on alert as seven outlawed parties at a meeting in Jhenidah town on Wednesday vowed to avenge the 'killing' oftheir
 arrow Dense fog disrupts road, river traffic
A blanket of dense fog disrupted road and river transport in many parts of the country yesterday.
 arrow Welcoming the guest birds
Bird lovers yesterday welcomed a variety of migratory waterfowls through a festival amid a huge turnout at Ceramic Lake in Mirpur in the capital.
 arrow Unite to end misrule
The leaders of 14-Party alliance yesterday asked the people to make the December 30 human wall programme from Sunamganj to the Sundarbans a success.
 arrow Musharraf ready to show flexibility on Kashmir
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said his country was prepared to show flexibility in the lingering dispute over Kashmir if nuclear rival India does the same, according to a report Friday.
 arrow On road to prosperity
It is not long ago when the people of 17 villages under Dhobaura and Phulpur upazila could not even imagine travelling to the Mymensigh district headquarters by motor vehicles.
 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots threaten tough agitation
Islamist extremists yesterday threatened to go for a tough agitation if all kinds of supports given to the Ahmadiyya community (Kadianis) are not stopped immediately.
 arrow Outlawed parties use women as arms carriers
Outlawed parties are using women as cadres, arms carriers as well as informants a few of whom the police have arrested recently, Khulna police said.
 arrow Bomb blast kills 1, injures 4 at Maddhyapara mine
A mineworker was killed and four others including a North Korean mine expert of Moddhyapara Hard Rock Project were critically injured in an accidental bomb explosion inside the mine on Thursday, project
 arrow Nobel-laureate's romance ends in marriage
One of the year's most talked-about romances in China, between an 82-year-old Nobel laureate and a woman more than half a century his junior, was sealed with marriage yesterday, state media said.
 arrow Underpass Opens

 arrow 4 US military personnel killed in Iraq
Three US marines and a soldier were killed in two attacks in Iraq as the US military investigated how a suicide bomber managed to penetrate an army base in an strike that killed 22 people.
 arrow President returns to Bangabhaban
President Iajuddin Ahmed returned to Bangabhaban yesterday after a medical check-up at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka.
 arrow Malaysia to flush out illegals in January
Malaysia is making final preparations to launch a nationwide crackdown in January aimed at ridding the country of more than one million illegal immigrants, the government said yesterday.
 arrow One dead, five injured in London knife rampage
A Turkish-born man with a history of mental illness was in police custody after a stabbing spree in north London that left one man dead and five other people wounded.
Businessarrow Flats beyond middle-class reach as land gets pricey
Middle-income group visitors at the fourth edition of the real estate fair being held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel find apartment prices beyond their reach while real estate developers attribute the situation
 arrow Essentials import dependency up on falling production
The country is increasingly becoming dependent on imports of essentials including edible oil, sugar, lentil, onion, ginger, dry chilli and garlic, creating pressure on foreign exchange reserves.
 arrow Knitwear exporters see bright prospects after quota expiry
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufac-turers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), which is surpassing the government set export target of 2.
 arrow Indian inflation eases below 7pc in year to Dec 11
Wholesale prices in India rose 6.
 arrow Europe powerless to stop euro’s rise
European officials' reactions to the euro's seemingly unstoppable rise against the dollar appear to range from nonchalance to outright alarm.
 arrow Huge oil reserves found in China
Exploration teams have found the Bohai Bay Basin of North China may contain 20.5 billion tons of offshore oil reserves, with 9 billion tons already proven, experts said. The remaining 11.
 arrow ADB extends $315m in aid to India, Sri Lanka
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 250-million-dollar loan to India and 65 million dollars in loans and grants to Sri Lanka, the bank said Thursday.
 arrow National Tubes okays 30pc cash dividend, 40pc bonus share
National Tubes Ltd, a gas and oil line pipe producing company, has declared a 30 percent cash dividend and 40 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2003-04.
 arrow Square Pharma's formulation growth up in '04
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd posted 11 percent growth in pharmaceutical formulation in 2004 and the company also introduced 43 new products during the period.
 arrow Global brands see loose ends in India textile
With just days to go before quotas on world textile exports are scrapped, international retailers are drawing up bold plans for India but are cautious about the ability of local firms to fill big orders
 arrow Putin defends state takeover of Yukos assets
Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday strongly defended the takeover by state oil firm Rosneft of stricken oil major Yukos's key production unit, Yuganskneftegaz, calling it a legitimate business
 arrow Tokyo-Mitsubishi forms Singapore hub
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi opened an investment banking headquarters for Asia in Singapore on Friday to take account of growing demand across the region.
 arrow KL cuts SE Asian car import duties
Malaysia on Friday announced it will cut import duties from January 2005 on cars from Southest Asian countries in line with a regional trade pact but will still give local producers' rebates.
 arrow Newbridge to sell Korea First Bank to HSBC
Global banking giant HSBC has agreed to buy Korea First Bank in a deal which will put the British bank in competition with its US rival Citigroup in the world's 11th largest economy, a source said yesterday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
December 18-23, 2004
Local FX Market
US dollar fell against Bangladeshi taka during the early part of the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts hope for a happy 100th
Bangladesh will celebrate their 100th one-day international appearance tomorrow, hoping the cricketers repeat the similar fighting spirit they showed against India in Chittagong two days ago to mark the
 arrow Hockey: Usha ensure top spot
Usha Krira Chakra ensured staying atop the Green Delta Premier Hockey League points table by the end of the first-leg when they handed a 4-2 defeat to Ajax Sporting Club in their last match at the Maulana
 arrow Cricket: Ponting warns Pakistan
Pakistan's fragile batting line-up will be glad to exchange the fast and bouncy Perth wicket for friendlier conditions in the second Test against Australia in Melbourne.
 arrow Cricket: Talent runs in the family
Tendulkar is the most famous name in India cricket -- and has been ever since India's premier batsman burst onto the Test scene as a 16-year-old in 1989.
 arrow Cricket: Eng eye improvement
England will seek to take advantage of an unsettled South African team in the second Test starting at Kingsmead Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: ECB plans one-day changes
English cricket will revamp its limited-overs set-up after next season, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced.
 arrow Cricket: Black Caps call up a lefty
New Zealand have called for specialist left-arm swing practice to counter the threat of Chaminda Vaas in the opening one-day cricket international against Sri Lanka here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Surprise, surprise!
Only the most perceptive of football fans could have predicted the identity of the two teams contesting this year's Champions League final.
 arrow Cricket: MSC can't afford another slip
Last year's joint runners-up Moha-mmedan Sporting Club face a tough task to return to winning ways after successive defeats in the Green Delta Premier Cricket League when they take on fellow title contenders
 arrow Cricket: Sonargaon keep on winning
Sonargaon Cricketers thrived on half-centuries by Asif Iqbal and Biplab to continue their hundred percent winning record in the First Division Cricket League when they inflicted an eight-wicket defeat
 arrow Chess: Parag draws
Bangladesh national junior champion Mehdi Hasan Parag drew his fourth round match against Indian Sriram Sarja in the 27th Asian Junior Chess Championships in the Indian town of Bikaner, Rajasthan.
 arrow Chess: Aminul topples Sohel
FIDE Master Khondokar Aminul Islam toppled Sohel Chowdhury to take the solo lead in the Prime Bank 7th International Rating Chess tournament after six rounds at the chess federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Swimming: Popov denies retirement story
Russian Alexander Popov has denied a story in French newspaper L'Equipe which said he had decided to retire.
He told the Russian Itar-Tass news agency: "L'Equipe is running in front of a locomotive.

 arrow Cricket: Hoggard's prediction
Fast bowler Matthew Hoggard believes England will comfortably win the second Test against South Africa which starts here on Sunday.
 arrow Golf: V-Day Golf held
KJ Yoon clinched the men's title while C D Hwang won the women's crown in theVictory Day Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club course yesterday.
 arrow Football: Posh christening!
Football hero David Beckham and his pregnant pop star wife Victoria Beckham played host Thursday to a glitzy, celebrity-studded christening for their two young sons.
 arrow Cricket: Exciting win for Unilever
Unilever snatched an exciting three-run victory against Nestle in the Mega Power Cup cricket tournament at the Globeleq cricket ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ruud out for eight weeks
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said Thursday he will be without star striker Ruud van Nistelrooy for up to eight weeks.
 arrow Football: Wenger won't go shopping?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he will not be rushing in to pay inflated prices for players in the winter transfer window.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath topples Harmison
Australian paceman Glenn McGrath has returned to the top of PwC Ratings for Test bowlers for the first time in two years, after his best ever Test figures of 8 for 24 against Pakistan in Perth.
Nationalarrow Police on alert as outlaws 'vow' to avenge Mofakhkharul's 'killing'
All police stations and outposts in Jhenidah, Kushtia and Magura have been alerted and policemen ordered not to move alone while on duty.
 arrow 5-day Zainul Festival begins at Mymensingh today
A five-day programme marking the 90th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin begins here today.

The programme is a part of the National Zainul Festival-2004, which already started in Dhaka.

 arrow Mushroom can be a 'good business' for the poor
Mushroom cultivation, not known to many in the country, can open a new horizon for small, marginal and landless farmers.
 arrow Rush of tourists in Kuakata sea beach
Kuakata sea beach is now full of tourists. Hundreds of tourists from home and abroad have flocked there to spend holiday.
Hotels, motels, cottages and rest houses are doing a brisk business.

 arrow Body exhumed after 65 days of 'unnatural' death
Body of an old man was exhumed on Wednesday after two and a half months of 'unnatural' death.
The victim is Ashkor Ali of Gapinathpur village in Monirampur upazila.

 arrow White Panel bags all posts in RU elections
White Panel, backed by BNP led 4-Party Alliance bagged all the posts in the elections of different authorities of Rajshahi University held at the 201st Academic Council (AC) meeting at Senate Bhaban.
 arrow Tk 5 lakh garments seized while being smuggled out
BDR seized a huge quantity of Bangladeshi readymade garments worth over Tk five lakh from a truck at Bakal in the Sadar upazila Tuesday night.
 arrow Call to make 'human wall' programme a success
Awami League (AL) workers on Friday brought out a procession in Sarail upazila which was followed by a meeting.
 arrow 4 die of diarrhoea in Dinajpur
Diarrhoea has claimed four lives in three upazilas in two days.
Over 200 persons were attacked with the deadly disease during the period.

 arrow Independence Tower planned in C'nawabganj
An independence tower is being constructed at Shaheed Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir (Birshreshtha) Bridge Square at Baroghoria in Sadar upazila.
Culturearrow Intellectuals from the masses
M Golam Mustafa Ansari, helper at a grocery shop of Joypurhat, could not believe that he had won the second prize for his 24-line poem at the 2nd conference for working writers.
 arrow 'National Theatre Stage is our dream'--Tareq Anam
Tareq Anam Khan is the one of the most popular stage drama actor-directors in the country.
 arrow From Blues to Rock n Roll
The universal appeal of the music of legendary names such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley or Elvis Presley is undoubtedly ever lasting.
 arrow Projapati
Projapati, the translation of popular American playwright Thornton Wilder's Matchmaker, is based on Austrian playwright Johan Nestroy's drama A Day Well Spent.
 arrow Popularising Shakespeare
Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, speaking at the inauguration of the first Bangla biographical website on Shakespeare at the British Council, said that Shakespeare
Generalarrow 6th Cub Camporee begins today
The sixth National Cub Camporee, a four-yearly scouting event, begins at the National Scout Training Centre at Mouchak in Gazipur today.
 arrow Incorporate HIV/Aids issue into textbooks
Experts at a seminar yesterday urged the government to incorporate the HIV/Aids issue into primary and secondary textbooks to create awareness about the disease at the grassroots level.
 arrow Killing of RU teacher condemned
Different political parties and professional bodies yesterday strongly condemned the killing of Prof Mohammad Yunus of Rajshahi University and demanded immediate punishment to the killers.
 arrow 'Cancel river-link, Tipaimukh dam projects'
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded cancellation of Indian river-linking project and Tipaimukh dam project immediately as they would have devastating impact on the environment of the country.
 arrow Burglary at Philips showroom
Electronic appliances worth around Tk 10 lakh were stolen from a Philips-Whirlpool showroom at Panthapath in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Maintain unity to end misrule of govt: CPB
The opposition political fronts must maintain their unity to bring an end to the 'misrule' of BNP-led coalition, said Bangladesh Communist Party (CPB) President Monjurul Ahsan Khan yesterday.
 arrow JU admission tests rescheduled
The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have shifted the admission tests from December 26 to December 29.
Internationalarrow Rumsfeld visits US soldiers in Iraq
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on a Christmas Eve mission to cheer up the troops in Iraq, promised them that no matter how bleak things might look at any one moment they will look back on their
 arrow Fresh fighting in Falluja scares away returnees
Some Falluja residents decided against returning to their war-battered city Friday when fighting erupted for a second straight day in the former rebel stronghold.
 arrow Campaign ends in Ukraine
The two candidates in Ukraine's presidential election are making their final appeals to voters ahead of the repeat of last month's disputed poll.
 arrow New Afghan cabinet sworn in
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday swore in a new cabinet which sidelines powerful warlords and brings in reformers to battle drugs and rebuild the shattered country.
 arrow Thai PM blames army officials for riot deaths
Thailand's prime minister said Friday he held three of his top military commanders in the restive south responsible for the deaths of dozens of Muslim protesters after security forces broke up an October
 arrow Gunmen kill 23 in bus attack in Honduras
At least 23 people were killed in the northern industrial city of San Pedro Sula on Thursday when gunmen sprayed a public bus with bullets and left a menacing message for crime-busting politicians, police
 arrow Powell urged Bush, Blair to boost troops in Iraq: Report
US Secretary of State Colin Powell told his President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair last month that there were too few troops in Iraq, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
 arrow Advani lifts Uma Bharti's suspension
More than a month after she openly challenged his authority, BJP President LK Advani on Friday revoked suspension of firebrand leader Uma Bharti, capping days of drama of her regret and a reported attack
 arrow Rao to be cremated in Hyderabad
Former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao will be cremated here Saturday on the banks of the picturesque Hussain Sagar Lake that divides the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
 arrow Jinnah beats Gandhi in BBC poll: Report
Pakistan's founder and a strong advocate of the two nation theory, Muhammad Ali Jinnah has been regarded as the most important and influential leader in South Asia, courtesy a poll.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Merry Christmas
On the happy occasion of Christmas this year, we would like to extend our best wishes to all the members of the Christian faith and pray, along with them, for peace and harmony in the world.
 arrow Editorial: Iraq elections
It would not be wrong to suggest that the parties involved in Iraq have their own motivations in seeing that the 30th January 2005 elections are held not only peacefully but also successfully.
 arrow My Christmas wish: Stop trafficking in persons
Today is Christmas. It is a day that symbolises happiness, forgiveness and good cheer. It is also particularly important for children the world over. It is a day for families to be together.
 arrow Cold war being revived
The US Secretary of State visited New Delhi recently to discuss an American proposal for creating a new security bloc in Asia-Pacific region.
Letters to Editorarrow Lack of professionalism
I read your editorial (Dec 10th) on the Finance Minister's recent visit to New Delhi with interest.
 arrow Developing health sector
We are aware of the condition of our health sector. The problem is getting worse day by day.
 arrow How to eradicate poverty
In her letter Suraiya Zafar (December 14) suggested that a new family planning law should be enforced to eradicate poverty. That new law would ensure that the citizens do not take more than two children.
 arrow Cops vs Judge
I am glad that the confrontation between the Inspector General of the Police (IGP) and a Judge has now come to a logical end. I choose to perceive the dismissal of the IGP as punishment for insubordination.
Merry Christmasarrow The Incarnation of Christ and Biblical holism
The Gospel according to St.
 arrow Christmas: Mystery and message
Today is Christmas: churches are beautifully decorated and a Christmas crib is placed where one can see the picture of cow-shed with the portrait (statue) of the new born Baby Jesus along with devotemother
 arrow A Child has been born!
Christmas is the greatest festival of Christians all over the world no doubt.
 arrow Miracles make it real
Celebrating Christmas is a massive joyful event: Jesus' image of a babe in the manger girdled in a circle of beaming rays; simple faces of the Eastern Magi greeting the new King; in a wide high sky in
 arrow Christmas comes to the world
Day gradually dipped in the west
The weary farmer set home to rest
Sun's and farmer's day peacefully passed.
BUT ....

 arrow The stars look down
In the idle hours,
When the mind ponders
The trials and tribulations of the day
The stars look down.