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  Volume 5 Number 228 Wed. January 12, 2005    
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Front Pagearrow 5 more killed in 'crossfire'
Three suspected robbers and two outlaws died in so-called crossfire with police and Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) in Jhenidah, Noakhali and Natore yesterday, sending the death toll in the law enforcers'
 arrow Battered stocks spark investors' protest
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) General Index took a massive 133.
 arrow Gas still leaks from 30 points, air stinky
The raging flames that had leapt about 100 feet at Tengratila gas field in Sunamganj on Monday and started spreading to nearby villages subsided to 10 feet yesterday, renewing hopes the blaze might extinguish
 arrow Biting cold, drizzle to continue for two more days
The country experienced a most gloomy weather yesterday shadowed by a cloudy sky, with drizzles and icy gusts chilling people to their bones and paralysing normal life.
 arrow Mongla Port under 'mafia' grip
The shipping ministry is held hostage by the 'mafia' in Mongla seaport and it cannot implement measures to make the port operations smooth and efficient, observed a parliamentary body yesterday.
 arrow Iraq insurgents kill 17 in string of attacks
A car bomb killed seven policemen in Saddam Hussein's home town and gunmen shot dead eight people in a minibus south of Baghdad yesterday in the latest attacks to threaten Iraq's Jan. 30 election.
 arrow 15 forest staff suspended
The Ministry of Environment and Forest has suspended 15 officials and employees of Forest Department under Kaptai region for their alleged involvement in smuggling of forest timber.
 arrow Police reform project starts
A far-reaching police reform project titled 'Strengthening Bangladesh Police' has been launched to improve the law and order situation.
 arrow Hajj pilgrims stranded at ZIA
Over 300 passengers, mostly Hajj pilgrims, of a Jeddah bound flight of Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) remained stranded at the Zia International Airport for over 10 hours yesterday.
 arrow Eid-ul-Azha on January 22
The holy Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on January 22 as Jilhajj moon was not sighted anywhere in the country yesterday.
 arrow ACC meets ADB on assistance
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sat with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials to discuss the mode of ADB's proposed assistance to the commission.
 arrow Penury leads parents to donate son
Extreme poverty has forced a day labourer, Mohammad Ali Molla, to donate his 19-day-old son to businessman Habibur Rahman of the rail bazar area under Jessore Sadar thana.
 arrow Student strike today
Six opposition-backed student organisations enforce a countrywide strike in the educational institutions today protesting the killing of Rajshahi University (RU) teacher Dr Yunus.
 arrow India to highlight gas pipeline gains to Dhaka
Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, now visiting Yangon for a trilateral meeting on energy cooperation commencing today, will highlight a series of benefits to Dhaka of a gas pipeline from Myanmar
 arrow Demra OC, ASP charged with taking bribe
A case was filed yesterday against the officer-in-charge (OC) and three other policemen of Demra Police Station, a CID assistant superintendent of police (ASP), and a man on charges of taking Tk 30,000
 arrow JS body sees BSTI failure to check inferior goods
Adulterated goods have flooded the market due to the failure of BSTI (Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution) to monitor the market, Mahmudul Hasan, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee
 arrow India allows GMG to fly to Chennai, Mumbai
Bangladesh's only private domestic carrier GMG Airlines Ltd has been given franchise to operate flights between Dhaka and Indian cities Mumbai and Chennai, Indian Civil Aviation Ministry sources heresaid
 arrow Grenade carrier's relative seen as arms syndicate leader
Intelligence personnel investigating the Monday's grenade seizure in city's Amin Bazar yesterday said a relative of the arrested carrier might lead the arms syndicate that had smuggled in the grenade.
 arrow Shamsur Rahman murder case deferred on petition
Trial of journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case has been kept in abeyance following a petition filed by the complainant with Jessore district judge on Thursday.
 arrow US lauds Dhaka's efforts to rein in trafficking
The United States (US) praised Bangladesh government for making general progress in sustaining, institutionalising and integrating various measures against trafficking in persons (TIP) since last June.
 arrow Rising seas threaten islands, cities
It sounds insignificant alongside the Indian Ocean tsunami, yet an almost imperceptible annual rise in the world's oceans may pose a huge threat to ports, coasts and islands by 2100.
 arrow Hearing on BGMEA administrator today
A Dhaka court yesterday stayed the January 3 orders of a lower court on appointment of an administrator to the BGMEA and a hearing on the matter will be held today.
 arrow Hasina to fly to US on Jan 17 for treatment
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina is likely to leave Dhaka for the US on January 17 for further treatment of the injury to her ear in the August 21 grenade attacks last year.
 arrow Jute, textile mill workers enforce strike in Khulna today
Jute and Textile Mills Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parisad will enforce a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Khulna city today to protest the decision on closing down 13 state-run jute mills.
 arrow Tsunami-struck Bangladeshi lands in India prison
India is holding prisoners from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka in the tsunami-hit Andamans who have already served their sentences because no one is claiming them, an island official said yesterday.
Businessarrow Canada to double aid to Bangladesh
Canada is going to double its development assistance to Bangladesh to approximately 100 million Canadian dollars a year in the next few years.
 arrow BTRC waves red flag to Railway, GP
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has accused Bangladesh Railway and GrameenPhone (GP) for doing "unauthorised" optical fibre leasing business.
 arrow Minister seeks World Bank assistance
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday sought World Bank's cooperation in developing agriculture training centres in Bangladesh as the donor agency is willing to support the farm sector.
 arrow India plans to revive sale of SoE shares
India plans to sell shares in state-owned companies including the country's largest carmaker Maruti Udyog and power-equipment firm Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) in order to cap the budget deficit, an
 arrow IMF sees no sign of soft landing for China economy
China has not been able to moderate its rapid economic growth despite taking a series of steps to achieve a soft landing for the world's most populous nation, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.
 arrow IBM to give away 500 patents
US patent leader IBM said late on Monday it plans to donate 500 patents for free use by software developers, marking a major shift of intellectual property strategy for the world's top computer makerand
 arrow 'Dhaka can tap investment opportunity in Afghanistan'
Bangladesh can exploit investment opportunities in Afghanistan, a UN official for Afghanistan said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Oil prices hold above $45 a barrel
Oil prices held above $45 a barrel on Tuesday as a cold spell loomed in the eastern United States and a rash of supply problems afflicted big producers.
 arrow News Corp to buy rest of Fox for $6b
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp on Monday said it would take full control of its Fox Entertainment Group Inc unit in a stock swap worth about $6 billion, which it said would simplify the media conglomerate's
 arrow Asia shipping rates regain strength on hopes for China demand
Shipping rates in Asia have regained strength this week, shrugging off a bearish mood seen late last year amid hopes that demand from China will pick up ahead of the Chinese New Year in February.
 arrow Japan's forex reserves renew record high
Japan's foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, renewed a record high for the fifth straight month in December, standing at $844.543 billion due to a strong euro, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.
 arrow Dollar now defensive as rebound fades
The dollar extended its pullback from seven-week highs against the euro on Tuesday as investors digested comments from US Treasury Secretary John Snow and braced themselves for Wednesday's release ofUS
 arrow HSBC eyes bigger fish after Korea First Bank setback
Outgunned in the bidding war for a leading South Korean bank, HSBC may be preparing to line up an even bigger target for acquisition, Korea Exchange Bank, analysts said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Winning group unchanged
With their eyes firmly zeroed on a maiden series victory now that the first Test victory is out of the way, Bangladesh's selectors have re-tained the winning combination from Chittagong for the second
 arrow Cricket: BCB charges extra for tsunami fund
In a bid to collect the money Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) promised to donate to the tsunami funds, the board has decided to increase the prices of the tickets for the second Test and three one-dayinternationals
 arrow Cricket: Return game in Kolkata?
Kolkata is the likely venue for the return Asian Tsunami Relief Appeal cricket match next month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: When the wait ended
The first steps by an infant are both perhaps the most challenging and also memorable moments for any parent.
 arrow Cricket: Murali, Howard mend fences?
Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Mura-litharan has made his peace with Australian Prime Minister John Howard after the Aussie leader's 'chucker' call.
 arrow Cricket: SL go to NZ in April for Tests
Sri Lanka's abandoned tour of New Zealand has been rescheduled for April.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket's wooden fielder blown down!
The only tree inside the boundary of a first-class cricket ground has been blown down by high winds after 158 years as a wooden fielder.
 arrow Cricket: 'Fire up or get fired’
Pakistan's cricket chief warned the national side's big guns to start firing during the rest of their Australian tour or face the chop following their 3-0 rout in the Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan keen to deliver
England captain Michael Vaughan will be keen to lead by example as his team seek to return to winning ways in the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Thursday.
 arrow Football: Don't call us Jewish!
Dutch football giants Ajax have stepped up efforts to rid itself of its image as a Jewish football team, Ajax chairman John Jaakke announced in his new year's speech this weekend.
 arrow Football: Juve on the edge
Serie A leaders Juventus face early elimination from the Italian Cup if they fail to overturn a two goal deficit in their third round tie at home to Atalanta on Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Sub-Jr chess
Shamima Akhter Liza took solo lead in the 25th National Sub-Junior Chess Championship at the end of the sixth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Farhana wins gold
Farhana Begum won gold medal in the first All-Karate Open International Championship that concluded in Kathmandu on Monday.
 arrow Football: Warne in two minds
Shane Warne left a return to one-day cricket as a possibility after revelling in his return to the limited-overs game in Monday's Tsunami Relief Appeal game against an Asian XI.
Metropolitanarrow 'Govt inaction encourages killings of intellectuals'
Speakers at a rally yesterday said the inaction of the government had encouraged unabated killings of the intellectuals.
 arrow Legal aid needed to stop domestic violence
Domestic violence should be considered as crime, said the speakers at a consultation meeting yesterday.
They said apart from increasing awareness, legal aid is necessary to stop domestic violence.

 arrow Judgement in Jayanti Reza murder case January 17
The defence lawyers of Azam Reza, an accused in the killing of his wife Jayanti Reza, yesterday sought acquittal for their client of charges.
 arrow Two arrested
Police yesterday arrested two people for their alleged involvement with a gang of robbers who gunned down an accountant of a textile industry and looted around Tk 31 lakh on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway
 arrow BNP programmes to observe Zia's birth anniversary
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday drew up elaborate programmes to observe the 69th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman with due respect on January 19.
 arrow DU exams postponed
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday postponed all course and traditional system examinations scheduled to be held today for unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Bangladeshi student drowns in Sydney beach
Taha Bin Bashar Roni, a Bangladeshi student of Sydney University of Technology, drowned in the sea beach of Sydney while he was swimming on January 6. He was 26, says a press release.
Nationalarrow CID likely to be submit fresh charge sheet within 15 days
Fresh charge sheet in college girl Zahida Rape and Murder Case is likely to be submitted soon.
CID Inspector Mohiuddin Ahmed told The Daily Star the charge sheet would be submitted within 15 days.

 arrow Arrival of migratory birds drops in northern region
Arrival of migratory birds has dropped in different water-bodies of the northern region.
Various reasons have attributed the situation.

 arrow Tender box snatched from Sharishabari UZ engineer's office: 2 JCD men arrested
Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists snatched away a tender box from Sharishabari Upazila (UZ) Engineer's Office on Saturday.
Two JCD leaders, Hanifuddin and Belal Hossain were arrested at night.

 arrow Ecnec okays upgradation of Barisal BM College into university
A decision to upgrade Barisal Government Brojo Mohan College into a full-fledged university was approved at the Executive Committee of National Economic Council's (ECNEC) meeting on Sunday.
 arrow Rajshahi Cadet College annual athletic meet concludes
Cadet Zia (Qasim House), Cadet Zico (Tariq House) and Cadet Sarwar (Khalid House) were adjudged the best athletes from Junior, Intermediate and Senior groups of Rajshahi Cadet College Inter-House Annual
 arrow Meherpur BSCIC estate now produces radish!
Meherpur BSCIC (Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation) estate has been turned into a radish field within one year of its formal opening.
 arrow JCD demands CUCSU election
Chittagong University (CU) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor demanding immediate holding of election to Chittagong University Central Students'
 arrow Garment worker gangraped
A garment worker was gangraped at Pularghat Bazaar in Sadar upazila, Kishoreganj on Saturday.
 arrow Cake festival on CU campus
A cake festival was held at the martyred intellectuals' memorial ground on Chittagong University (CU) campus on Sunday.
The festival was organised by Sunbeam, a campus-based cultural organisation.

Point-Counterpointarrow Coastal defence is national defence
Tsunami means "harbour waves" in Japanese. Tsunami has very low height while travelling over Deep Ocean. High waves occur only when it reaches the shallow waters, typically near the coast.
 arrow Assessing objectives of American foreign policy
THERE has been clamor among the Republican lawmakers in particular for the formulation of objectives of the foreign policy during second term in office of President Bush.
Culturearrow Kalavati Devi: A master Manipuri dancer
Kalavati Devi is a versatile artiste. Besides being one of the master dancers of the Manipuri genre, she is a Mridanga player, a teacher, a dance composer and a singer.
 arrow Mim: A talent to watch for
Mim ranks among the promising actresses who are making a place in the entertainment world. Starting her career in her childhood, she performed in a chorus song in a children's show on BTV in 1991.
 arrow Building up mass opinion for acid victims at JU
"The acid burnt women want a life of dignity.
 arrow Chakachak: A film on environmental issues
Environmental degradation has a new champion in Indian film director Sai Paranjpye.
 arrow Spacey to be Superman baddie
Double Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has been reportedly signed up to play the villainous Lex Luther in the new Warner Bros version of Superman.
Generalarrow Violence against women on the rise
The incidents of violence against women took a sharp rise in the last few years mainly due to negative attitude of men towards women and the government's apathy to discrimination against women in family
 arrow Economy gets momentum: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the economy that had become almost stagnant during the past Awami League government got momentum under the four-party alliance government.
 arrow 'Govt policy to ruin farmers'
Awami League leader and former agriculture minister Begum Motia Chowdhury yesterday accused the government policy of ruining the farmers.
 arrow Bad weather forces PM to postpone Manikganj visit
Inclement weather forced the postponement of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit to Manikganj yesterday where she was due to inaugurate the Rita Abasan Prakalpa, a housing project for the landless.
 arrow Seminar on reviving edn
The Centre for Excellence and Professional Development of the Presidency University organised a seminar on 'Reviving Education in the Information Age' on the university campus on Sunday, says a pressrelease.
 arrow Birth anniversary of Vivekananda today
The 142nd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda will be observed today.
Vivekananda Shikkha and Sangskriti Parishad has taken up a daylong programme to observe the day.

 arrow 1,566 more held
Police arrested 1,566 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Indonesia restricts aid workers in Aceh
Indonesia told thousands of aid workers helping tsunami victims in its worst-hit region, Aceh, yesterday not to venture beyond two large cities because of what it said were militant threats.
 arrow 'Irreparable damage' in ties with Colombo
The tsunami which initially sparked hopes of a renewal of the Sri Lankan peace process has caused "irreparable damage" in relations between the government and the Tamil Tigers, a rebel leader said yesterday.
 arrow Abbas extends olive branch to Israel
Mahmud Abbas offered peace to Israel on Monday after securing the Palestinian presidency with a landslide election victory that boosted worldwide hopes of peace in the Middle East.
 arrow Iraq may face civil war after polls: US analysts
Some US analysts are worried Iraq could spiral down into further chaos and even civil war after its January 30 elections, but few here are promoting a delay in the vote.
 arrow Ex-colleagues testify against Graner
Former members of the military unit accused of assaulting Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison took turns testifying against the scandal's alleged ringleader, saying he laughed while forcing prisoners to
 arrow 'Black holes deform space & time'
Black holes, the universe's biggest vacuum cleaners, deform space and time surrounding them, two teams of astrophysicists reported on the sidelines of the American Astronomica Society's winter meeting
 arrow Labour MPs give Blair, Brown a 'scorching' over rivalry
Prime Minister Tony Blair and his finance minister Gordon Brown have come under pressure from their own Labour Party to put a lid on their leadership squabbling ahead of Britain's next general election.
 arrow Israel plans to demolish 3,000 Gaza homes for trench
The Israeli army wants to demolish 3,000 homes in Rafah to dig a trench preventing militants from using smuggling tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, an Israeli newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow Mudslide claims 12 lives in California
Rain lashed water-logged California again early yesterday, hampering efforts to find survivors buried under a mud slide in a coastal community and prompting hundreds to flee a mountain town before a rain-engorged
 arrow Cuba normalises ties with EU nations
Cuba announced Monday that it is renewing official contacts with all European Union countries, including those that took the hardest line against the communist government after its crackdown on dissidents.
 arrow Ukraine names Yushchenko president-elect
Ukraine looked ahead yesterday to Viktor Yushchenko assuming power after he was declared president-elect, with the withdrawal of Kiev's troops from Iraq, economic reforms and relations with the West and
Editorialarrow Editorial: Greetings to new Palestinian leadership
Mahmoud Abbas has become the second Palestinian president notching more than 60 percent of the votes in an election participated by more than 60 percent of the eligible Palestinian voters.
 arrow Editorial: Missions' export targets
What is the role of our envoys in meeting the country's export targets in the countries of their representation? Without going into the details, one could say that they are tasked to work for expansion
 arrow Corruption and its dimensions
Although the term "corruption" is often employed in the context of a situation or incident, how do we define corruption? Since the term is being used for many purposes, it has been found difficult to
 arrow Surviving 'uniformed democracy'
Former Foreign Minister of Mexico Jorge Castaneda wrote something painfully familiar in a recent NEWSWEEK article, "Mexican people must rally behind the idea that democracy works.
 arrow Political dynasty: The South Asian trend!
THE dynastic trend in politics in South Asian countries is now complete with the advent ofBangabandhu's grandson, Sajiv, in Bangladesh politics.
Letters to Editorarrow A citizen's musings
“Dhaka politics" is very real, heavily mixed with unreality, although the vernacular meaning of the term Dhaka is "covered".
 arrow Banning costly dress
I am much delighted to go through the letter titled "Feed back on imposing ban on costly dress" (Dec 15) by Mr. Mamun Chowdhury which he has written in appreciation of my letter on the subject (Dec 8).
 arrow Other side of the coin...
The Creator is merciful and beneficent. There might be lessons to learn from the recent seaquake which took away thousands of lives and made millions destitute and homeless.
 arrow An appeal
The academic atmosphere of the "Matlab Degree College" is far from satisfactory. The college was established in 1964 by an eminent educationist, the late Md Waliullah Patwary.
 arrow To LGED authorities...
In the Baligram Union of Kalkini upazila under Madaripur district, the 800 feet kutcha road from the southern side of Pathuriarpar bazar and bus-stand to Biswasbari is used by several thousand peopleof
 arrow Hardwork vs. patriotism
If a question is raised whether hardwork or patriotism is more essential for a successful player, I would opt for the latter.
 arrow 'Crossfire'
The present government formed a new anti-crime elite force named Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to root out terrorism. So far many most wanted criminals like 'Pichhi Hannan' have been killed in crossfire.
 arrow Mobile phone providers
At long last the T&T is appearing in the mobile market, but with no relief to the public.
 arrow Reform Rajuk and DCC
The numerous problems of metropolis Dhaka cannot be reduced or controlled unless the government (the political regime) gets serious about effecting drastic internal reforms in management and administration
 arrow A mysterious discipline
Each and everyone knows that Khulna University is completely free from all kinds of political violence and session jams. The first thing is all right, but the second one is a matter of rethinking.
 arrow Politics of Joy
Sajib Wajed joy, Sheikh Hasina's only son, has been unofficially inducted to politics. People from all walks of life have highly appreciated this introduction to politics of a well-educated young man.
 arrow RAB and crossfire
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion), the country's anti-crime elite force which consists of selected talented, experienced and professional personnel of army, navy, airforce and police, launched their campaign
 arrow Kuwait and Tsunami relief operations
Your editorial on Friday the 7th of January 2005, titled 'Tsunami and US', has drawn the attention of this Embassy.
StarTecharrow Making them learn the 'genius' way
Along with many other things, the ever-growing tech-craze has inspired many students to test the boundaries of their tech capabilities.
 arrow Business solutions from Navana
NAVANASOFT, one of the many concerns of Navana Group is a unique business solution provider that has developed and adopted an impressive line of software over the last seven years.
 arrow TV may soon beam from cell phone screen
The screens may be tiny and the batteries overworked, but the wireless industry is bringing TV to a cell phone near you.
Star Chittagongarrow CU grading system faulty
As many as 12,000 students of Chittagong University (CU) are set to face serious setbacks as the University Grant Commission (UGC) finds faults in the university's grading system to evaluate answer scripts.
 arrow Mosquitoes wreak havoc on port city
Mosquitoes in the port city continued to wreak havoc on the lives of city dwellers as Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) fails to effectively combat the mosquito menace.
 arrow Foy’s Lake has New Attraction

Star Cityarrow Robbers on the prowl, safety at stake
Dhaka has witnessed a series of robberies recently, as professional gangs of thieves have become very active despite the deployment of elite forces like Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Cheeta and Cobra.
 arrow Freedom fighters yearn for better living
After 33 years of independence, happiness still eludes Birangana Nazma Begum and Mosharraf Sheikh, freedom fighters, now struggling to survive.
 arrow Factories lack fire & emergency escapes
Working in a garment factory is risky but authorities are indifferent about the risks, while workers take for as a struggle for survival.
 arrow Dhaka-Narayanganj trains running on damaged track
Bangladesh Railway is operating trains on a run-down rail track on the Dhaka-Narayanganj route risking the lives of thousands of passengers.
 arrow JU monument hits a snag
The construction work of the Central Shaheed Minar at Jahangirnagar University (JU) is facing a setback as the firm which has been given the responsibility, has not been able to work properly becauseof
 arrow Bakers protest bid to test product quality
The Bread Biscuit and Confectionery Manufacturers Association (BCMA) has threatened to close down all bakeries run manually if the government fails to meet certain demands by January 15.