Vol. 5 Num 214 Thu. December 30, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow PWD monopoly in govt work to go
The Cabinet Committee on Public Administration Reforms yesterday decided in principle to empower ministries to undertake construction and maintenance works on their own, instead of engaging the Public
 arrow Race to bury dead as toll ticks past 80,000
Confirmed deaths in the massive earthquake and tidal waves that struck Indian Ocean shorelines across 12 nations at the weekend soared past 80,000 as thousands who escaped death in the worst tsunami in
 arrow Jiving to Wanna festival
Garos celebrated the second annual Wanna harvest festival wearing vibrantly-coloured costumes and dancing to pulsating drumbeats in the Askipara village in Haluaghat upazila of Mymensingh on Tuesday.
 arrow 2 killed in 'crossfire', 1 dies in Rab custody
A trader died in the custody of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and an alleged criminal was killed in 'crossfire' with Rab in the capital while an outlaw was killed in a 'shootout' with the elite anti-crime
 arrow 6 RU teachers get death threats
Panic gripped the Rajshahi University teachers yesterday as six senior teachers including the pro vice-chancellor and a former VC received death threats, five days into the murder of Professor Muhammad
 arrow Opposition human wall again today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left-leaning allies forms a cross-country human wall for the second time in a month from the Sundarbans to Sunamganj today in a manifestation of their 'no-confidence'
 arrow No subsidy for diesel-run irrigation to up rice price
The agriculture ministry has given up pursuing subsidies for diesel-run irrigation pumps due to a persistent indifference of the finance ministry to the issue and fears it would affect the output of rice
 arrow Fire guts Swan Foam plant
A fire at Swan Foam Industry in Tejgaon Industrial Area burnt down goods and machinery said to be worth around Tk 25 lakh yesterday.
 arrow Milk price shoots up, rice remains lofty
High prices of different varieties of rice and powdered milk are unlikely to come down in the near future, according to both wholesalers and retailers at different markets in Dhaka.
 arrow Dhaka to offer reliefs to Male, Colombo
Bangladesh will offer humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the wake of Sunday's tsunamis that killed at least 20,000 in Sri Lanka and several hundreds in the Maldives.
 arrow Minister pledges to revise BTTB cellphone tariff
Posts and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque yesterday promised to revise the call tariff of the state-owned BTTB's mobile phone service before it is commercially launched coming February.
 arrow Pvt firms to collect road tolls
The government will appoint private operators through international tender for toll collection at all bridges and roads in seven road zones in the country under a package programme.
 arrow Plan to segment passengers as per destinations
The government is formulating an action plan to avert the frequent accidents and overcrowding that normally occur at the Sadarghat launch terminal during Eid vacations.
 arrow IGP says no bar on tour of Hasina, family
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ashraful Huda categorically said yesterday that no restrictions have been imposed on the movement of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina or her family members anywhere inside
 arrow PM rejects demand for resignation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday rejected the opposition's demand for resignation of the government and said the coalition government will work for full term.
 arrow AL files GD
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday filed a general diary (GD) with Dhanmondi Police Station against the reported threat on the life of Sheikh Hasina, her son and daughter-in-law.
 arrow 30 killed in Iraq explosion
A powerful explosion killed 30 people, six of them police, as Iraqi security forces searched a home of suspected foreign fighters in western Baghdad that was apparently booby-trapped, an interior ministry
 arrow Truck kills traffic sergeant as he tries to stop it
A truck ran over and killed a traffic sergeant when he desperately tried to stop it near Gabtali in the morning yesterday.
 arrow Cold wave eases
The severe cold wave sweeping the country for the last several days became less intense yesterday, with temperatures rising to 6.2 degrees Celsius from 5.2 on the previous day.
 arrow Top NBCP outlaw killed in W Bengal
Miscreants gunned down a ringleader of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) and a listed top criminal of Khulna district on Sunday night at Joypara of Chabbish Pargana district of west Bengal.
 arrow Tk 1cr fake currencies seized at Sutrapur
Police seized huge fake local and foreign currencies and stamp papers worth around Tk 1 crore and arrested two from the city's Sutrapur area late Tuesday.
 arrow Mother, daughter hacked to death
Miscreants hacked to death an unmarried mother and her 6-month-old daughter on Wednesday noon as she refused to withdraw the case filed to have identity of her daughter's father.
Businessarrow Greenback, taka get dear on high bank demand
As banks start year-end drive to invest every penny to increase earnings with a view to depicting a rosy balance sheet of the outgoing calendar year, the resultant fund crisis heats up call money andforeign
 arrow Allow bonded warehouse, yarn import thru' land
Garment exporters yesterday vowed to continue putting their efforts to realise their demands, which they see as vital instruments to compete in quota-free era, only a single day away.
 arrow Two Bangla-Italy agro-based joint ventures to be set up
Deshdosh Group, a local group of companies, and an Italian business house are going to set up two export-oriented joint venture companies -- Italy Bangladesh Agro Food Limited and Italy Bangladesh Agro
 arrow Bangladesh chef of the year competition held
Mohiuddin Howlader is going to participate in the International Indian Chef of the Year Competition to be held in the UK as he won the Bangladesh Chef of the Year Competition 2004 yesterday.
 arrow DBH okays 18pc dividend
Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) has approved an 18 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on June 30, 2004.
 arrow Training for CSE members' representatives begins
A two-day professional training, jointly organised by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), for CSE members' authorised representatives began in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow HSBC, Dhaka Sheraton sign MoU
The Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) and Dhaka Sheraton Hotel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday.
 arrow Yearly Currency Roundup-2004
Local Foreign Exchange Market
In 2004, there were swings in USD/BDT exchange rate primarily driven by market demand-supply gap.

 arrow Tsunami areas may not need new World Bank, IMF loans
As the World Bank and International Monetary Fund assess economic costs to South Asian governments of the cataclysmic tsunami, the current outpouring of aid could mean international lenders won't need
 arrow India allows pvt airlines to fly longhaul foreign routes
India on Wednesday gave domestic private airlines approval to begin overseas longhaul flights in what it said was a bid to spur competition.
 arrow ROK agrees to double rice imports to renew WTO deal
South Korea has agreed to double rice imports to extend a World Trade Organization (WTO) accord that allows Seoul a grace period of staying out of market-opening, news reports said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Almost perfect selection
The government yesterday announ-ced the National Sports Award for 2004 but controversy as usual followed the announcement.
 arrow Cricket: The Narail run-machine!
Impressive young batsman Aftab Ahmed scored the highest runs for Bangladesh in the just concluded three-match one-day international series against India but the surprise name to top the batting averages
 arrow Cricket: Another Aussie cakewalk
Matthew Hayden and captain Ricky Ponting scored unbeaten half-centuries to guide Australia to a record fifth series win of 2004 on Wednesday, beating Pakistan by nine wickets in the second Test.
 arrow Cricket: England strongly placed
Graham Thorpe and Andrew Flintoff shared a century partnership and took England into a strong position on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Australians donate prize-money
Australia's cricketers have donated their winning prize-money from the Boxing Day Test to the disaster relief funds of the South-East Asian tsunami and earthquake victims.
 arrow Cricket: MSC-Biman vital game today
Mohammedan Sporting Club will be back to full strength when they meet Bangladesh Biman in a vital seventh round match of the Green Delta Premier Division Cricket League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Zim come here today finally
Zimbabwe cricket team finally arrives in Dhaka this morning after their flight schedules had been disrupted several times due to the catastrophic tsunami waves and their aftermath in this part of theworld.
 arrow Hockey: Super League starts today
The championship leg of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League starts today with leaders Usha Krira Chakra taking on rank outsiders Ajax Sporting Club in the first match of the Super League.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka's NZ tour cancelled
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board Wednesday announced it was cancelling its tour of New Zealand following the tsunami disaster that has ravaged the island country, killing more than 22,000 people.
 arrow Cricket: PCB proposes relief match
Cricket officials in Pakistan, which was spared from a deadly tidal wave that devastated neighbouring countries, on Wednesday proposed to Sri Lanka and India that a flood-relief one-day fundraising match
 arrow Cricket: South Africa set 378-run target
South Africa were set a target of 378 to win after England made 570 for seven declared in their second innings on the fourth day of the second Test between South Africa and England at Kingsmead on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting pretty pleased
Skipper Ricky Ponting welcomed an early victory as Australia went through the motions of another 4-day Test win to clinch their three-match series against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer impressed
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer paid tribute to the fighting qualities of his injury-ravaged side despite their nine-wicket loss on Wednesday in the second Test against Australia.
 arrow Premier Div title goes to Bhola Lal
The Sharp Blade Open Squash Tournament ended yesterday with five different group finals held on the final day of the competition at the Dhaka Club Squash Court.
 arrow Tennis: Forget quits as French Fed Cup skipper
Guy Forget announced here Tuesday that he was standing down as France's Fed Cup captain due to his Davis Cup commitments.
 arrow Cricket: Dhanmondi end Sonargaon's winning streak
Mustafizur and Ashique smashed centuries as Dhanmondi Club registered an 80-run victory over Sonargaon Cricketers in the First Division Cricket League at the Jahangirnagar University ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Leaders made to work
Chelsea stretched their lead to eight points at the top of the Premiership table following a hard-fought 2-0 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Berlusconi, Milan separated
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has resigned as president of AC Milan, the reigning Serie A champions announced in a statement here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Domenech is kind!
France coach Raymond Domenech has left the door open for Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires to return to the international fold.
 arrow Football: Romario says it's over
Brazil's 1994 World Cup forward Romario has announced his retirement, the Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper O Globo said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Rooney's fingers crosssed
Fit-again Wayne Rooney looks set to play against Middlesbrough on Saturday provided he receives no punishment from the Football Association for his tussle with Bolton's Tal Ben Haim.
 arrow Chess: Parag wins 10th round
Mehdi Hasan Parag won his tenth round board against Indian Kartikey Batra in the 27th Asian Junior Chess Championship in Rajasthan yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Walker to leave athletics
Former European 200 metres champion Dougie Walker announced Tuesday he was set to quit athletics.
Walker, 31, was banned for two years in 1998 for a doping offence but cleared a year later.

 arrow Tennis: India Open on despite tsumani tragedy
The season-opening ATP Indian Open will go ahead as scheduled next week in the southern city of Madras despite the heavy death toll caused by tsunami tidal waves in the area, organisers said on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Novak skips Aussie Open
World number 24 Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic said Tuesday he would not be taking part in the Australian Open this coming January because of fatigue, and increasing family commitments.
Nationalarrow Chandmoni shows the way
It is a unique example of education and empowerment of distressed girls. They are getting formal education, making handicrafts and fashionable goods and becoming self-reliant.
 arrow We want to lead normal life
Speakers at a workshop here called for joint efforts by people of all walks of life to create awareness against acid violence and framing tougher law to punish the culprits.
 arrow Zainul Festival boosts traditional handicrafts
A Karu Mela (crafts fair), arranged on the premises of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala as part of Zainul Festival was a great attraction to visitors.
 arrow Resist cultural onslaught, for peace
A seminar on "Cultural Aggression: Bangladesh Perspective' was held at the local BD Hall recently.
 arrow College student lynched
A mob lynched a college student in the city on Tuesday, suspecting him to be involved in theft.
The tragic incident took place in Rupatoli area of the city.

 arrow Fake fertiliser factory detected at Satkhira
A Task Force comprising BDR and police yesterday unearthed a fake fertiliser factory in the town and recovered a huge quantity of low quality Indian fertilisers.
 arrow Photojournalist killed in road mishap
Md Mujibur Rahman, 35, a photo journalist of local daily Dainik Ajker Khabar was killed in a road accident at Churkhai on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in the Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow 20 hurt in bus mishap
At least 20 people were injured when a bus dashed a roadside pillar at Kashipur near Barisal city on Barisal-Dhaka highway on Tuesday.
 arrow Erratum
It was mistakenly written in a story titled 'Children play vital role in sanitation,' published in The Daily Star on October 29 that 10 unions of Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat were fully sanitised.
Point-Counterpointarrow Paging visionary leadership
The development process of any developed country may reveal that the natural resource or endowment alone is not necessarily the main factor behind the development, as may be seen in the case of Nigeria
Culturearrow Rebecca, the filmmaker
The lady with back-brushed silvery hair, wearing a bright yellow handloom saree and a red teep on her forehead, was lying in a hospital bed. Despite her illness, she seemed strong.
 arrow Shortcutey Barolok: A departure from the stereotyped story
'The audience will have a clear picture about the lifestyle of the scheduled caste people through Shortcutey Barolok,' said Nargis Akhtar about her latest film Produced by KMR Manzur, the filmfeatures
 arrow Theatre Art Unit's drama festival
A weeklong drama festival (December 20-26), arranged by Theatre Art Unit, has just come to a close at the newly opened National Theatre Stage.
 arrow Zainul Abedin: A master of modern art
Zainul Abedin almost single-handedly pioneered the modern art movement in Bangladesh by setting up of the Government Institute of Arts and Crafts (the present Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University)
Generalarrow We must build up a defensive air force
Reaffirming Bangladesh's stand against war, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the importance of setting up a defensive Air Force in the context of the present reality and the country's geographical
 arrow 2 new Hyv of rice developed
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has developed two new high yielding varieties (Hyv) of rice BRRI-Dhan-42 and BRRI-Dhan-43 for upland Aus season.
 arrow Zainul festival begins
The weeklong celebration to mark Shilpachariya Zainul Abedin's 90th birth anniversary began in the city yesterday.
The Institute of Fine Arts of the Dhaka University (DU) organised the event.

 arrow Abducted businessman rescued in Jhenidah
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued abducted businessman Sushil Kumar Bhadra and arrested three people in Jhenidah in this connection on Tuesday night.
 arrow Selina Bahar's contribution recalled
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday recalled the contribution of Selina Bahar Zaman in the literary and cultural arena of the country and said that she would live forever in people's mind through
 arrow Eye camp held in Kishoreganj
As many as 7,000 eye patients received free treatment at an eye camp in Karimganj, Kishoreganj, recently.
 arrow Faruque, Shamim elected OCAB president, secy
Zahiduzzaman Faruque of Kyodo News Agency, Japan, has been elected President and Shamim Ahmad of United News of India reelected General Secretary of the Overseas Correspondents Association Bangladesh(OCAB)
 arrow SSKOP threatens tough movement
The leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday threatened to launch tough movement if the government does not form sixth wage board for the journalists and employees in the
 arrow National Youth Day today
National Youth Day-2004 will be observed in the country today aiming to inspire the youth to increasingly involve in nation-building activities.
Internationalarrow Relief efforts continue against all odds
With millions of people left homeless, thousands of bodies still uncollected and vital infrastructure destroyed, the relief effort for Asian earthquake victims was battling vast odds.
 arrow Marooned, but still alive
Some 3,000 Sri Lankan villagers believed to have perished in the island's tidal wave disaster were found alive Wednesday, giving an early lift to airborne military relief operations.
 arrow Race against time to identify hundreds
Decomposition is hampering the grim task of identifying hundreds of bloated corpses retrieved from the sea or the ruins of Thai beachside resorts struck by tsunamis, experts said Wednesday.
 arrow Europeans recount horror, relief
European tourists returning home from Asian holiday resorts lashed by massive tidal waves recounted horrific scenes of devastation and counted themselves lucky to be alive.
 arrow 30 minutes of terror
The sun shone and birds sang in the Indonsian city of Banda Aceh moments before a giant earthquake struck. Ten minutes later, a one-storey high torrent of sea water carried away pulverised homes.
 arrow Yanukovich contests Ukraine vote results
Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich has contested results of a weekend presidential rerun vote that he lost to opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko with the central election commission, a spokeswoman
 arrow Maoists call off blockade
Nepal's Maoist rebels yesterday called off a transport blockade that had virtually cut off overland routes into the country's capital for a week.
 arrow India rejects foreign aid for tsunami victims
India has turned down foreign aid as it has "adequate resources" to provide relief to victims of a deadly tsunami that killed tens of thousands of Asians, a government official said Wednesday.
 arrow Israel to set up 5 chemical plants in India
Israel Military Industries (IMI) has won an international tender to set up five chemical plants in India worth $140 million, media reports said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A belching lake
A study conducted by the Department of Environment has revealed that the water of the five lakes in the city is now polluted beyond the permissible level.
 arrow Editorial: JCD leaders arrested for mugging
The news that the police arrested three leaders of the ruling party front organisation JCD for mugging pedestrians in the Central Shaheed Minar area of Dhaka University on Monday night is as saddening
 arrow Looking back: The strategic picture
The international strategic scene in 2004 was dominated by the US war on terror and its continued occupation of Iraq, where much of the world attention was focused.
 arrow The Rao that I knew
MUCH praise has been showered on the late Narasimha
Rao, India's former prime minister. Probably, he deserves all that. But there were chinks in his armour.

Letters to Editorarrow Why Rab?
I concur with the letter regarding Rab by Kaushik Biswas. It really puts the government policies in absolute contrast with the modern world policies.
 arrow Who needs foreign enemies?
It's a shame to see another teacher dying helplessly right in front of the great institution that took years to build itself .
 arrow Cricket
This is in response to the letter of Nayeem Islam from Aga Khan School published in The Daily Star on 24 December.
 arrow Effective leadership
It is heartening to note that a Leadership Development Course on Effective Leadership, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, has been introduced (Daily Star, dated December 9, 2004).
 arrow Tsunami vs. cricket
Is the free media in Bangladesh being taken over by popular journalism? At least when I saw the newspaper headlines on the morning of 27th December, I had that fear.
 arrow Cricket celebrations
My mind had been already troubled enough by the latest shock that has raged across the globe.
 arrow Congratulations from Eddie Barlow
Please pass on the congratulations of Eddie Barlow to the victorious Bangladesh team.