Vol. 5 Num 217 Sun. January 02, 2005    
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Front Pagearrow Tsunami toll feared at 150,000
A legion of ships and planes has delivered aid to millions of Asian tsunami survivors after New Year revellers around the world paused to mourn victims of one of the worst disasters in living memory.
 arrow Meant to be cheap, but not really so
About 80 percent of pregnant women coming to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) expecting childbirth at a fairly low cost find quite the opposite is the reality.
 arrow Ministry 'ignorance' blocks Tk 43 crore farm funds
'Ignorance' on the part of finance ministry bureaucrats has resulted in their failure to release Tk 43 crore to the agriculture ministry that would be used to provide farmers with support and training
 arrow PM asks JCD to rid politics of vices
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the leaders and activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) to work towards cleansing student politics of vices and removing chaos from campuses.
 arrow 3 die in custody, 'crossfire'
Two persons including a top cadre of an outlawed outfit died in 'crossfire' with police in Dhaka and Chuadanga yesterday while one died in the custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the capital.
 arrow Major reshuffle in admin
The government yesterday brought important changes to the top level of civil administration by transferring seven officials to their equivalent post of acting secretary.
 arrow Giant of the deep falls prey to nets
Tourists last month found a whale's carcass on Kotka beach in the eastern Sundarbans with telltale signs indicating the gentle sea giant had fallen prey to fishing nets.
 arrow 2 navy ships off to Lanka, Maldives
Two ships of the Bangladesh navy, accompanied by a C-130 cargo plane and an airforce helicopter, left for Sri Lanka and the Maldives yesterday to take part in post-tsunami rescue operations and relief
 arrow Mahbubul Alam new president of Noab
The election of the office--bearers and members of the executive committee of Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab) was held at The Daily Star office on December 27, a Noab press release said
 arrow Fresh dates for Saarc summit to be decided in 'a day or two'
Pakistan, the current Saarc chair, will decide in 'a day or two' about fresh dates for the postponed 13th Saarc summit in Dhaka, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday and reiterated Dhaka's preference
 arrow Dhaka to consider Delhi's proposal
Dhaka is actively considering recent proposal from India to implement a long dormant agreement on passenger rail service between Dhaka and Kolkata.
 arrow Minor tremor jolts Ctg
A minor tremor jolted Chittagong yesterday, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, a week after an earthquake-triggered Tsunami devastated several south and southeast Asian countries.
 arrow French firm fires 1,700 staff without notice
A French contractor conducting seismic survey in Noakhali region under block 10 for British oil company Cairn has fired 1,700 local staff out of the blue, reports our correspondent in Noakhali.
 arrow Govt agrees to constitute 6th Wage Board
The government in principle has decided to constitute the Sixth Wage Board for the newspaper industry.
 arrow Fresh remand of 4 sought, hunger strike at Rajshahi
Police sought five days' fresh remand of four people arrested in connection with Prof Yunus murder case yesterday.
 arrow Oil tankers derail in Comilla
Train service on Dhaka-Chittagong route remained suspended for about seven hours after four empty oil tankers derailed at the rail gate near Comilla station yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrim dies in Madina
A Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrim died in Madina on Tuesday, according to an official message received in Dhaka yesterday.
The pilgrim, Abbas Ali, 80, hailed from Pakundia in Kishoreganj.

 arrow Missing docs found, case set in pace
At long last, legal proceedings against the persons responsible for the Tanore gang-rape 17 years ago started yesterday as the missing documents were found at a judge's court in Rajshahi.
 arrow Charge sheet against Abul Hasnat, 19 AL men
Police have pressed charges against 20 leaders of district Awami League and its front organisations in a case filed in 2002 for looting and setting fire to a house in 2000.
 arrow Bloodshed greets Iraq in 2005
Iraq's insurgency claimed the lives of seven Iraqis and one US marine at the start of 2005, with elections less than a month away and no end in sight to the violence.
 arrow Witness says 'Kana' Hafiz fleeing with arms
A prosecution witness in the Ahsanullah Master murder case yesterday told the court that he saw 'Kana' Hafiz and 11 others with arms rushing to the house of Mohammad Ali, one of the 30 accused.
 arrow Fresh strike at Benapole land port
The land port users in Benapole went on an indefinite strike yesterday protesting a sharp increase in godown tariff.
 arrow Businessman kidnapped in Kushtia
Criminals yesterday abducted a businessman and demanded Tk 3 lakh for his release in Sheikhpara village in Daulatpur upazila.
 arrow Joy still thinks over joining active politics
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina's son Sajib Wajed Joy has said he is yet to decide whether he will join the active politics.
"I have not yet decided, but I am still thinking about the matter.

 arrow PBCP kills 1 for leaking information
The outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) has slaughtered its cadre Imran alias Hasan to avenge the killing of party central leader Mofakkhar Chowdhury.
Businessarrow T-bonds debut on DSE
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) celebrated the New Year by welcoming the treasury bonds, which made debut on the bourse yesterday.
Ten bonds worth Tk one lakh each were traded on DSE for Tk 9.

 arrow China enacts laws aimed at WTO commitments
China enacted 88 new laws on the first day of the New Year that cover a wide range of areas including foreign trade, taxation, advertising standards and supervision of the military, state press said Saturday.
 arrow India unveils incentive for textile exporters
With the enforcement of quota-free textile regime from yesterday, India has announced a major incentive for exporters by enhancing the duty entitlement passbook (DEPB) rates applicable for a number of
 arrow Customs union for East African states enter into force
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Saturday announced that a common customs union treaty designed to free up trade and harmonise tariffs on goods entering Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, has come into force.
 arrow US barred from limiting China textiles
The Bush administration is being temporarily barred from imposing new limits on imported clothing and textile products flowing into the United States from China.
 arrow DSE welcomes New Year with 1.42pc rise
Stocks on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) significantly rose yesterday to touch 2000-mark, as the country's main bourse picked up the just-passed year's buoyant trend on the first day of 2005.
 arrow SEC degrades 2 cos to 'Z' category
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday degraded two companies to Z category .
 arrow Usmania Glass okays 50pc dividend, 25pc bonus share
Usmania Glass Sheet Factory Ltd has announced 50 percent dividend, which includes 15 percent interim dividend, and 25 percent bonus share, said a press release.
 arrow Holcim Easy Wall launched in Comilla
Cement manufacturer Holcim has launched its new brand cement 'Holcim Easy Wall' in Comilla recently.
 arrow Bangla-German chamber AGM held
Germany became the second biggest export market of Bangladesh products, a meeting here was told recently.
 arrow Malaysian airline says tsunami won’t severely hit Asian travel
Flag carrier Malaysia Airlines said in remarks published Saturday it believed the tsunami disaster would not severely affect travel demand in the region.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tushar, Nafees shine
Two brilliant knocks by Tushar Imran and Nafees Ahmed helped the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI post a fighting score of 316 for seven on the first day of the three-day practice match against Zimba-bwe
 arrow Cricket: Double blow to Pakistan
Captain Inzamamul Haq and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq Saturday plunged Pakistan into a new crisis when they withdrew from the team to play Australia in the final cricket Test starting here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: CityCell's luxury offer
CityCell has offered a luxury car for the first Bangladesh batsman who can score a century and a bowler who can claim eight wickets in a match during the two Tests against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Matches for tsunami victims
A two-match one-day series between an International Cricket Council (ICC) XI and an Asian XI was Saturday announced as part of the global cricket community's efforts to support the victims of the tsunami
 arrow Cricket: Pollock crucial for Proteas
Key bowler Shaun Pollock underwent intensive treatment Friday but was expected to be fit to play for South Africa in the third Test against England starting at Newlands Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Naimur shock for Abahani
Abahani received a setback before their crucial Green Delta Premier Cricket League match against Brothers Union today with their captain Naimur Rahman being ruled out due to injury.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Russel guided Surjo Tarun Club to a two-wicket victory over Wari Club in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: MSC edge Ajax
Mohammedan Sporting Club registered a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Ajax Sporting Club in their first super-league match of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National
 arrow Chess: Noor, Farhad joint leaders
Noor Alam and Farhadur Emam were jointly leading the Metropolis Chess Tournament with maximum points at the end of the sixth round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow All For A Noble Cause...

 arrow Sobhan stays as Victoria advisor
Prominent sports organiser Sadat Sobhan has again taken over as the chief advisor to the Victoria Sporting Club for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Football: Cole denies Liverpool
Substitute Joe Cole scored a potentially priceless 80th-minute winner as Chelsea secured a controversial 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Tevez best Latino again
Argentina forward Carlos Tevez has been voted Latin America's Footballer of the Year for the second year running in a poll by Uruguayan newspaper El Pais on Friday.
 arrow Football: WORLD SOCCER BRIEFS
Portugal is preparing to host a football match between its national team and a squad made up of players from the Asian nations hit by last weekend's devastating tsunami to help raise funds to supportvictims
 arrow Tennis: Hopman Cup starts today
Marat Safin and Anastasia Myskina, the only grand slam champions in the eight-team field, will be hot favourites to win Russia's first Hopman Cup when the ITF mixed team event gets underway on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar told to rest more
Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar will not play for Mumbai in the domestic Ranji Trophy competition in India.
 arrow Cricket: England turn to Warne's guru
Shane Warne's spin guru Terry Jenner leaves this month to help England develop a Test-standard leg-spinner.
 arrow Football: Ukraine bestows honour on Shevchenko
European Footballer of the Year Andriy Shevchenko and boxer Vitali Klitschko were awarded their country's highest honour, a "Hero of Ukraine", on Friday.
 arrow Football: Milan, Inter accounts probed
Prosecutors are investigating the accounts of Serie A clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan as part of a probe into suspected accounting fraud in Italian soccer, sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Tokyo Verdy win Emperor's Cup
Tokyo Verdy's stout defence held on for a 2-1 victory over Jubilo Iwata to win the Emperor's Cup football final on Saturday despite being reduced to 10 men.
Metropolitanarrow Delhi's attitude hampers ties with Dhaka
Despite India's enormous contribution to the independence of Bangladesh, Dhaka-New Delhi relations have failed to reach optimal level, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Take stern action against hide smugglers
Ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, the government has taken all-out steps to check smuggling of hides of sacrificial animals and facilitate smooth import of animals.
 arrow Elderly woman burnt to death
An elderly woman was burnt to death and six shanties were gutted in a fire at East Dholaipar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Test of Azam Reza in Jayanti murder Jan 4
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed January 4 as the test date of Azam Reza, accused of killing his wife Jayanti Munshi alias Jayanti Reza.
 arrow Admission tests in govt schools begin today
Admission tests for 2005 academic year in the government schools in the capital begin today, with 38,218 students vying for 8,591 seats.
Nationalarrow We want to continue schooling
It was a unique event when over 1000 children, rescued from hazardous tobacco factory jobs and enrolled in schools, brought out a procession and stood hand in hand with banners and fastoons, appealing
 arrow 'Conflict' with MPs main obstacle to rural uplift
"Conflict" between lawmakers and local government leaders is a major obstacle to rural development, said Union Parishad leaders here yesterday.
 arrow 9 Nilphamari villages say no to early marriage
The curse of early marriage was removed from nine villages in Dimla upazila.
 arrow Ex-lawmaker assaulted, police deployed
Additional police have been deployed at Kishoreganj town to stave off possible clash as tension mounted following a brawl between rival factions of ruling BNP at the party office.
Point-Counterpointarrow A tribute to our nation's finest souls
One year ago last week marked the first anniversary of the death of 15 valiant Bangladesh armed forces officers who had been working as sentinels of peace in the war-torn West African countries of Liberia
 arrow Have a Nice Year!
All health information to keep you up to date
1. Always get up from your table and take a ten-minute walk.

 arrow Death in Crossfire
The specially trained law and order force
Got the information from their source
That some violent miscreants were hiding out
And that with efforts they could be smoked out.

Culturearrow Ajmal Husain: A blend of journalism and art
Ajmal Husain, an artist based in Paris, was here in Dhaka to see the exhibitions on Zainul Abedin. He is the son of Altaf Hussain, the founder editor of Dawn, of Pakistan.
 arrow Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble celebrates 10th founding anniversary
The Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble arranged a two-day function to mark the founding anniversary of the group at two theatre venues.
 arrow Filmdom hits upon a 'novel' idea!
In a scenario where there is a dearth of good stories, the ever-enterprising filmdom hit last year upon a 'novel' idea of attracting viewers.
 arrow Children star in first film from post-war Iraq
Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi had no intention of making the first feature film to emerge from post-war Iraq, but the children he met in northern Iraq left him with no choice.
Internationalarrow Asia struggles with an unimaginable disaster
At 0758 local time last Sunday, the Earth's crust deep under the sea off the west coast of Indonesia's Aceh province shifted, violently lifting the seabed by some 15 metres.
 arrow Nothing will stop my return to Pakistan
The husband of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto has vowed that nothing will stop him returning to his homeland following his release after eight years in jail, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
 arrow Ukraine PM resigns
Viktor Yanukovich said on Friday he was resigning as Ukraine's prime minister, but refused to concede defeat in a presidential poll as a vast New Year crowd feted liberal Viktor Yushchenko's victory in
 arrow New Year begins as world mourns tsunami victims
Nations around the world have been marking the start of 2005 but celebrations have been restrained because of the Asian earthquake.
 arrow Disease starting to kill in Aceh: Red Crescent
Disease and illness are starting to claim lives in the tsunami-ravaged Indonesian province of Aceh, the leader of Indonesia's Red Crescent relief team here said Saturday.
 arrow India, Pakistan swap list of nuke facilities
Nuclear rivals Pakistan and India exchanged lists of their nuclear facilities Saturday in line with a bilateral agreement to hand over such information annually on New Year's day, the foreign ministry
 arrow 5 new countries join UNSC
Five countries, including Japan and Denmark, on Saturday joined the 15-member United Nations Security Council as non-permanent members for a two-year-term, replacing Pakistan and four other nations.
 arrow Palestinian PM accuses Israel of 'sabotaging' poll
Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei accused Israel on Saturday of trying to "sabotage" the Palestinian elections on January 9 by launching a deadly military operation in the south of the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Dying 'Dr Anthrax' of Iraq want to be freed
A top female scientist from Saddam Hussein's deposed regime should be freed from detention in Iraq as she is terminally ill with cancer, a lawyer said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Post-MFA scenario
The need for keeping our garments sector buoyant in the post-MFA era cannot be overemphasised. There are basically two points of view insofar as the perceived fallout of the quota-free trade regime goes.
 arrow Editorial: Postponement of Saarc summit
We were saddened to learn of the postponement of the 13th Saarc summit that was scheduled to be held in Dhaka later this month and for which preparations had been well under way.
 arrow Forum for the future
Last June the G-8 Summit committed itself to promoting socio-economic and political developments in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) through a Partnership for Progress and Common Future.
 arrow The plight of non-government teachers
Non-government teachers constitute ninety eight percent of the total teaching staff of the country at the secondary and higher secondary level.
Letters to Editorarrow Long awaited win
First I would like to congratulate the Tigers for the emphatic win over India. Yes, I am the one who wrote several times against their poor performance.
 arrow A requiem
The macabre homicide of Professor Muhammad Yunus, a teacher of Rajshahi University, appalled us. The terrorists liquidated a progressive man. Mr Yunus was a veteran teacher of RU for many years.
 arrow Rab
Indeed a lot has been said and debated about Rab. Many people have supported while others have opposed Rab. But if we see, Rab is liked by the majority people. Mr.
 arrow Turkey and EU
It is very good to hear that after forty years of waiting, European leaders finally allowed Turkey to start membership talks to join the Union.
 arrow Rab
In reference to the recent letters by Imran Khan and Kaushik Biswas regarding Rab operations and related human rights issues, I have got the following to say.
Star Healtharrow Asthma and inhaler use
Asthma is a disease of the respiratory system. People who have asthma sometimes have trouble breathing. When people who have asthma have this trouble breathing, it is called an asthma attack.
 arrow ‘Smoking is hazardous to health’ -- Simply not enough
It has long been recognised that smoking tobacco kills slowly. People may die 22 years earlier than the average mortality rate.
 arrow Symptoms of appendicitis
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a closed-ended, narrow tube that attaches to the cecum (the first part of the colon) like a worm.
 arrow Your child could be at risk of type 2 diabetes
Your child’s risk
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. Your child is at risk if your child is overweight or has a family history of diabetes.

 arrow Hepatitis B: Healthcare providers are at greater risk
There are so many ways that Hepatitis B virus can spread. Blood is one of the most important way.
 arrow Breast self exam
As early detection of any cancer is helpful to reduce the morbidity and mortality, awareness can cut the risk of breast cancer dramatically.
Star Cityarrow Plight of retrenched garment workers
Reena Begum could not hold in her tears. "Nothing could be worse than what I had to do. I was compelled to withdraw my children from school," she said.
 arrow New traffic rules fail to check congestion
The city's new traffic rules that restrict right turning of vehicles on Farmgate-Shahbagh road have hardly made any impact on traffic congestion, rather created trouble for many commuters.
 arrow Is he the culprit?
Shortly before midnight on New Year's eve, a mob of around 20 mercilessly beat a young man of about 20 at Road 12A in Dhanmondi.
 arrow Sculpture of Protest
Mrinal Haque, a eminent sculptor, mural and terracotta artist, has made this piece of art in front of a CNG conversion station in Tejgaon protesting the recent massive beautification drive, which is underway
 arrow Rajuk weak against corrupt forces
Authorities of the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) are claiming that they are unable to take action against buildings that have been constructed without its approval because of the corruption ofa
 arrow New-look Gulshan still to improve further
The Gulshan main streets now wear a new look with carpeting done and the islands and road dividers beautified. Sculptures have been added to the two intersections, thanks to the upcoming 13th Saarc Summit.
 arrow PM declares 2005 'Year of Science Books'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia inaugurating the11th Dhaka Book Fair on the Shilpakala Academy premises on the New Year's day declared 2005 as the "year of science books", with a call for writers and publishers