Volume 5 Number 304 Mon. April 04, 2005    
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Front Pagearrow World grieves for Pope
Pope John Paul II, whose 26-year papacy helped defeat Communism in Europe but left a Roman Catholic Church divided over his uncompromising orthodoxy, died on Saturday after a prolonged struggle with ill
 arrow PDB penny wise, pound foolish
The Power Development Board (PDB) floats a tender Wednesday to rehabilitate the 17-year old 100mw Haripur power project costing Tk 110 crore when it can set up a new plant by adding just around Tk 20to
 arrow Cop caught in 'kidnap' bid
Lawyers and onlookers caught a plainclothes police sergeant and his brother trying to kidnap a man at gunpoint on the Supreme Court premises yesterday.
 arrow Black money refuses to get white
Of the thousands of crores of black money flooding the economy, the government in the three years to January last could whiten only about Tk 1,800 crore.
 arrow Insurgents attack Abu Ghraib prison
Insurgents attacked the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad, injuring 44 US forces and 12 prisoners, the US military said yesterday, while six people were killed elsewhere in Iraq following a period ofdeclining
 arrow MP's son gets 2-week bail
Kamrul Kadar Noman, son of BNP lawmaker Ali Kadar, yesterday obtained a two-week anticipatory bail from the High Court in a police assault case.
 arrow Next polls will be in time
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday made it clear that the next general elections will be held in time and under the caretaker administration as per the constitutional provision.
 arrow Workers Party leader dies in hospital after 'Rab torture'
General Secretary of Bangladesh Workers Party Chuadanga unit Shyamal Sarker died at the Jessore General Hospital Saturday night allegedly in torture in Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) custody.
 arrow Deploy Rab to free it of Mafioso, goons
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the home ministry to deploy Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) troops at Mongla Port to free it from Mafioso's clutch, as police could do little to slacken the grips.
 arrow Kaptai hydel plant faces water crisis
Gradual receding of water level at the country's lone hydroelectric project in Kaptai dam has resulted in minimising its contribution of electricity to the national grid in recent days.
 arrow 8 hurt as JCD, Shibir clash in Alia Madrasa
At least eight activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir were injured in clashes between the two organisations over a missing cellphone at Alia Madrasa in the city's Bakshibazar
 arrow Special drive on to net prime suspect
Police launched a special combing operation in the city and elsewhere in Khulna division Saturday evening to nab Jamaat-e-Islami leader Shahabuddin Laskar, named by the monitoring cell of home ministry
 arrow AL wants to know source of BNP meet funds
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said his party wants an official accounting of the source of crores of taka that the BNP has spent on union representatives' conferences.
 arrow 'Govt committed to probe attack'
The Bangladesh government is fully committed to and engaged in carrying out an in-depth investigation into the Habiganj bomb attack and all other incidents of violence, as well, a foreign ministry spokesman
 arrow Teletalk to resume forms distribution soon
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) officials yesterday said Teletalk will resume distribution of its mobile phone forms once it opens more bank booths soon.
 arrow Grenade, 150 bullets found in Satkhira
Police yesterday seized a grenade, 150 bullets, four magazines and three bayonets dug out by construction labourers from a plot behind Samrat Plaza in the town.
 arrow Morshed off to Islamabad to attend ACD dialogue
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left for Pakistan yesterday to attend a two-day ministerial meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), where he will discuss plans for forming a fund to support infrastructure
  arrow HC show-causes govt on Sr Asst judges' transfer
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government asking it to show cause in two weeks as to why the transfer of five senior assistant judges disregarding the opinion of the Supreme Court
 arrow Court to hear arguments tomorrow
A Dhaka court yesterday ended examination of witnesses from both sides and fixed tomorrow for arguments in the Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case.
 arrow Rajuk allocates Uttara plots
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday allocated 1,136 housing plots in Uttara for private service holders, businessmen, industrialists and other professionals for the first time through a computerised
  arrow Detention of chief whip's son illegal: HC
The High Court yesterday declared illegal the detention order of Khandakar Akhter Hamid Paban, son of Chief Whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain.
  arrow Caterer of dead fowl remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Jahanara Begum, operator of a mess who was arrested with 21 dead chickens on Saturday, on one-day remand.
Businessarrow Remittance clocks 13pc growth in three quarters
Remittance saw a huge boost in March amounting to US$401 million, the all-time high in a single month.
 arrow BB fund for SMEs getting good response
Bangladesh Bank (BB) is receiving encouraging response both from financial institutions and donors to its small business refinancing fund introduced to offer small entrepreneurs easy access to loans.
 arrow Separate body needed to spur SME growth
Dhaka Chamber yesterday called for establishing a separate division under the Ministry of Industries with a view to boosting the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 arrow SEC fines 18 directors of 4 cos
Eighteen directors of four companies yesterday were fined Tk 100,000 each by the share-market watchdog as their companies failed to hold AGMs and submit financial statement.
 arrow Bangladesh, China air link opens May 12
Direct air-link between China and Bangladesh will be established on May 12, opening up another eastern vista for the country's friendship and economic co-operation, officials said.
 arrow Bangla-Danish firm launches e-marketplace for RMG today
A Bangla-Danish e-commerce company launches an internet-based e-marketplace today to facilitate the country's readymade garment (RMG) and textile sectors bringing local entrepreneurs close to European
 arrow Workshop on private sector development for govt officials
A two-day workshop on private sector development and policy reform issues for a group of government officials was launched in Dhaka on Saturday.
 arrow Office bearers of Atab
MA Muhaimin Saleh and Ghulam Mustafa have been re-elected president and secretary general of national executive committee of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab) for the year 2005-2007.
 arrow Pizza Hut '99 offer' continues
Pizza Hut's special offer of a personal pan pizza at Tk 99 continues to celebrate the Bangla New Year.
In the '99 offer', a personal pan pizza from the favorite's line may be ordered for only Tk 99.

 arrow Trade thru' Hili land port resumes
Export-import activities through Hili land port resumed Saturday after three days with the Indian Exporters and C&F Agents Association calling off the strike.
 arrow China, India seek jt efforts in global oil quest
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits India this week with the race between the world's two most populous nations to secure the energy they need to fuel their growing economies likely to be on the agenda.
 arrow S Korea battles charges of anti-foreign investor bias
The South Korean government is on the defensive against charges that Asia's third largest economy is hostile to foreign investors, forcing them to step through a minefield of arbitrary legislation.
 arrow China bans poultry imports from N Korea
China said Saturday it will halt poultry imports from North Korea in a move to prevent a deadly outbreak of bird flu from spilling over the border into its provinces.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Glamour goes out
The National Cricket League (NCL) will lose colour with the start of the eighth round of matches today as sides will be without top players.
 arrow Cricket: WI pace puzzles SA
Fast bowlers Pedro Collins, Daren Powell and Reon King put the skids on South Africa's batting to tighten West Indies' grip on the first Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to fight on
India captain Sourav Ganguly insists he will not step out of the firing line despite his recent slump in form.
 arrow Chess: GM battle from tomorrow
The Seventh United Insurance Grand Masters' Chess Tournament, which was scheduled to start today at the National Sports Council auditorium, has been deferred by a day to accommodate the arrival of some
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis aim to fly
Shattered by the recent thrashing by Australia, New Zealand cricketers are under pressure to restore some pride going into the two-Test series against Sri Lanka starting here Monday.
 arrow Football: Brawling duo apologises
Newcastle United team mates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer apologised to "everyone qconnected to the club" after they were sent off for fighting each other late in their side's 3-0 home defeat by Aston Villa
 arrow Football: Bayern too strong
Bayern Munich warmed up for Wednesday's Champions League showdown with Chelsea with a convincing 3-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday as they retained their position at the top of the Bundesliga.
 arrow Of the athletic Pope
Pope John Paul II was an avid sportsman, and possibly the most athletic pontiff in history.
 arrow Football: Magpies' day to forget
Team mates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were sent off for fighting each other as Newcastle United ended with eight men on the pitch in a 3-0 home defeat by Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC defends new tolerance levels
Australian biomechanics expert Bruce Elliott has revealed fresh information that questions the basis of International Cricket Council's (ICC) revamped Illegal Bowling Review process.
 arrow Cricket: Brilliant Billal
A hurricane hundred by Billal Hossain propelled Sheikhdi Abdullah Mollah High to a massive 151-run win over Dhaka Collegiate in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-17 National School Cricket Championship
 arrow Hockey: Independence Day hockey final tomorrow
Independence Day hockey tournament finalists Blue Berry and Old Dhaka Hockey Development Board warmed up for tomorrow's final with big wins yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka's 5 India ODIs called off
Sri Lanka's cricket tour of India for five one-day internationals has been postponed, a top Indian official said here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters' run continues
Kim Clijsters' resurgence continued here Saturday as the former world number one from Belgium defeated second-seeded Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-5 to claim the WTA title at Key Biscayne.
 arrow Cricket: SA follow on
South Africa were forced to follow on after being bowled out for 188 in their first innings shortly before lunch on the fourth day of the first Test against West Indies at Georgetown yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's fiancee pregnant
Real Madrid superstar was late in returning to Spain because his fiancee, Daniella Cicarelli, is reportedly pregnant and was hospitalised on Thursday in Brazil after fainting at a wedding.
 arrow Football: Bad day for local boys
After the opening day's success, Bangladesh teams failed to raise their game against Pakistan yesterday in the AFC U-13 Football Festival at BKSP.
Bangladesh were held by Pakistan to a goalless draw.

 arrow Football: Villarreal on course
Villarreal strengthened their hold on a Champions League place after convincing 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday moved them up to third in Primera Liga.
 arrow Squash: Partex squash
Babu and Swapan of British Club won their respective B Division matches in the Partex Open squash tournament at the Gulshan Club yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Recover 43 city canals from grabbers
Speakers at a rally yesterday called for the recovery of 43 canals in and around the city from the grabbers before the ensuing rainy season.
 arrow Most private universities have no proper campus
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said most private universities in Bangladesh have practically no proper campus and are yet to create an atmosphere conducive to good educational requirement.
 arrow Civil society donates Tk 3.78 crore for tsunami victims
Bangladesh used to get assistance from other countries because of its frequent natural disasters and calamities affecting millions of people.
 arrow 'Empower women to cut gender inequality'
Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday said gender sensitisation in the budget making process and social empowerment of women are necessary to reduce the gender inequality in the country.
 arrow CCC polls gain momentum
The Awami League (AL) nominated candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday said he would continue the efforts Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) made in the last ten years of his tenure for the education
 arrow 'Bangladesh trapped in an int'l geo-political conspiracy'
Bangladesh is trapped in an international geo-political conspiracy, said the speakers at a function yesterday.
 arrow Revised nat'l strategy paper on sanitation approved
The revised national strategy paper on sanitation has been approved on Sunday.
 arrow JU syndicate meet held amid protest
The students of botany department of Jahanigrnagar University (JU) yesterday besieged the administrative building, where the syndicate was holding a meeting, demanding cancellation of the selection of
 arrow ALCWC meets tomorrow
An emergency meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) will be held at the party president's Dhanmondi office tomorrow at 10.30am.
 arrow Dorji visits SAIC
Saarc Secretary General Chenkeyab Dorji visited the Saarc Agricultural Information Centre( SAIC) on Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) Campus here yesterday .
Nationalarrow All cops transferred from Dhamura outpost, 2 closed
All the 17 policemen of Dhamura outpost in Wazirpur upazila in Barisal district were transferred and two others closed on Saturday following demonstrations by people after arrest of a doctor on a fake
 arrow Debate festival or a pleasure trip?
The two-day first Jatiya Parbattya Bitorka Utsab, (national debate festival for hill people), that concluded at Rangamati yesterday was virtually a pleasure trip for some youngsters who came from Dhaka,
 arrow Dry fish producers cry for govt help
Dry fish, a prospective sector in Kuakata coastal area with export potential, is facing a setback due to lack of government patronisation.
 arrow Preaching good governance, transparency at village level
It was a different day for the people of Kaikhali union in Shyamnagar Upazila.
 arrow Magura AL council today
Amid in-fighting between rival factions, the triennial council of Magura district Awami League (AL) will be held today after about twelve years.
 arrow Highway barricaded for UNO's removal
People barricaded the Dhaka-Paturia highway at Tepra bus stand for about one hour and a half yesterday demanding removal of Shibalaya Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mohammod Abu Yusuf for his alleged corruption.
 arrow PM to open gas supply from Moulvibazar Gas Field today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will formally inaugurate commercial extraction of gas from Moulvibazar Gas field today.
 arrow BFIDC Kaptai timber unit finally closed
The Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation (BFIDC) has finally shut down its timber extraction unit in Kaptai, making 204 officials and employees unemployed.
 arrow RUET students' 10-pt demand
Students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the Vice-chancellor's office to press their 10-point demand.
 arrow Pirates injure 10, 8 missing
Eight people were missing and ten others injured as armed pirates looted a passenger trawler in the Meghna estuary in offshore Kalatola-Telirchar area in Manpura upazila in Bhola district Saturday afternoon.
Culturearrow SD Burman: Remembering the unparalleled musician
Sachin Dev Burman was a titan amongst composers and singers for Indian films and outside them. Born on October 1, 1906, in Comilla, he was a scion of the princely family of Tripura, now a state of India.
 arrow An artistic trio with their novel canvases
The painters of Chittagong have established a distinctive trend, which is slightly different from that of Dhaka. Most of these artists' paintings are basically figurative.
 arrow Sophia gets lifetime award
Italian film legend Sophia Loren received a lifetime achievement award Friday at the opening of the Istanbul Film Festival, and said the trophy would take pride of place next to her Oscars.
 arrow National Audio Video Music Fair 2005
Piracy has quite contaminated our audio and video industry. But those who are into this business have decided not to remain quiet anymore.
Generalarrow 4 killed in road accidents
Four persons, including two siblings, were killed in two separate road accidents in Natore and Comilla districts yesterday.
 arrow New boundary pillars to be set up
Bangladesh and India agreed to set up new boundary pillars and repair the damaged ones and resolve the disputes over illegally occupied lands along the frontier amicably.
 arrow Three out of 8 abducted people yet to be released in Bandarban
A group of unidentified kidnappers released five out of eight abducted people within fifteen hours of kidnapping in Bandarban, relatives of the victims said yesterday.
 arrow Oil tanker kills one in N'ganj
One person was killed and five others were injured when an oil tanker rammed into the canteen of the Padma Oil Depot at Godnyle under the Siddhirganj police station in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow 1,259 more held
Police arrested 1,259 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow World leaders praise pope as a force for peace
World leaders mourned Pope John Paul on Saturday, many hailing him as a force for peace across the globe while others credited him with a major role in the fall of the Iron Curtain.
 arrow 'Love converts Hearts, brings peace'
An aide to Pope John Paul II has read out the dead pontiff's last message to pilgrims, in which he said "love converts hearts and gives peace," at a special mass in his memory in St Peter's Square.
 arrow Asian leaders salute his legacy
In packed churches across the Philippines, hidden underground congregations in China and the quake-hit ruins of the Indonesian island of Nias, Catholics in Asia Sunday mourned Pope John Paul II.
 arrow No clear front-runner to succeed pope
The intense guessing game over who will be the next pope has only one certainty: the cardinals must decide whether to follow John Paul II with another non-Italian or hand the papacy back to its traditional
 arrow He survived series of assassination bids
Pope John Paul II endured several assassination attempts during his 26-year papacy, although only one came close to killing him.
 arrow Grieving Poland seeks comfort in prayer
Poland yesterday mourned the death of its most beloved son, Pope John Paul II, with thousands in the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country flocking to places of worship seeking to ease their grief through
 arrow Papal funeral rites to last nine days
The funeral rites for deceased popes last nine days, with burial set between four and six days after their death, in rules that Pope John Paul II laid down himself nine years ago.
 arrow UN troops kill 38 militias during Congo raid
UN troops killed up to 38 militia fighters during a raid by hundreds of peacekeepers backed by helicopter gunships in the Ituri district of eastern Congo Saturday, a UN military source said.
 arrow Snap polls a possibility as Chnadrika at odds with Marxist allies
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga could call a snap election before the end of 2005 because of friction with her Marxist allies over economic reforms and peace talks with Tamil rebels, analysts
 arrow Syria to complete Lebanon pullout by April 30
Syria will withdraw all its troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon by April 30, UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Passing away of the Pontiff
We join the rest of the world in offering our condolences at the death of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian Pope in the last 450 years, the first Polish Pope, the spiritual leader
 arrow Editorial: Land Commission inactivity
It is indeed a shame that the Commission, set up to settle land disputes in the three hill districts of Chittagong has not done anything tangible since its formation three years ago.
 arrow The Independence Day thoughts of the year
Amidst independence day celebrations the city walls were pasted with graffiti claiming that there was no alternative to the ruling regime in carrying forward the politics of development and production.
 arrow Will F-16 dent the positive trend in Indo-Pak ties?
Undoubtedly, the recent decision by the United States to sell unspecified number of sophisticated F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan has caused some fissures in the current reconciliatory phase of theIndo-Pak
 arrow Bremer, the Bretton Woods institutions and the neo-liberal experiment in Iraq
On January 30, a path-breaking election in Iraq was held under the auspices of the US. But a government is yet to be formed. The violent Iraqi resistance movement shows no sign of waning.
Letters to Editorarrow Tsunami
Tsunami is a natural phenomenon consisting of a series of waves generated when water in a lake or the sea is rapidly displaced on a massive scale.
 arrow World peace
The world has seen two bloody wars since the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre.
 arrow F-16 fighters
The US decision of selling F-16 jets to Pakistan will put the on going peace initiative in jeopardy.
 arrow Tree climbers!
We have enlisted 22,000 block supervisors across the country under the Agricultural Extension Department ( AED ) of the Ministry of Agriculture who do not climb the trees for pruning, grafting and plucking
 arrow "Sholay"
“Sholay" after all these years is still very popular among the viewers.
 arrow Punish the culprits
The deaths of the 11 young men in the Mediterranean were very pathetic, which made the whole nation plunge into sadness. Such deaths are not at all acceptable to the bereaved families.
 arrow We are in trouble
We, the inhabitants of Gulshan, especially the inhabitants of Road-90, Gulshan-2 are now facing different types of problems.
 arrow My memories and today's Khilgaon Flyover
It was a delight to see aerial photographs of the newly commissioned Khilgaon Flyover.
 arrow Are they blind?
It is really disappointing that our opposition parties have announced hartal again on March 31.
 arrow Russia
Russia is changing. Or may be it's being changed.
 arrow Pronunciation is presentation!
We are writing in response to the letter of Mr. Babar Anwar who has in fact responded in opposition to another letter of Ms Cantara Wali. Mr.
 arrow Hijab issue
It would have been better if we had not voiced our personal opinions and comments on the subjects that we don't have any idea about. Because our ignorance might hurt those who know about it.
 arrow Referendum on caretaker government?
Mr. O H Kabir suddenly came up with his kind of argument (DS March23) about burning differences that are eating out the core of our nation's integrity! If we really could take a common vow and agree to one theory or one faith and discipline there would have been no fight, no controversy, no mud slinging but only peace and harmony that would have placed the whole nation in heavenly peace.
 arrow From Rab to ROB
Rab is one year old! Proverbially it started with lots of fire that seems to be ending now in ashes! Rab's robbery and extortion is the first and foremost image today.
 arrow Foreign interference
In recent days a hot issue in Bangladesh politics is ' foreign interference'.
To Pope John Paul II
arrow End of an extraordinary era of papacy
The death of Pope John Paul II on April 3 terminates an era of extraordinary papal reign. He was the third longest reigning Pope in history and became one of the most familiar faces in the world.
 arrow Rescuing morality in a globalizing world
Defeating Communism and ending the Cold War was a success with many fathers. All of them deserve credit for helping to achieve this peacefully.
 arrow Picking the next pope
According to centuries-old tradition, the papal election will be handled entirely by the Sacred College of Cardinals.
 arrow Pope John Paul II inside the Church and out
On April 2, 2005, the 27-year pontificate of Pope John Paul II ended when he died of heart and kidney failure.
 arrow The life of Karol Wojtyla
Karol Jozef Wojtyla, the second son of a retired army officer and tailor, and a schoolteacher, was born in Wadowice, a town of 8,000 Catholics and 2,000 Jews 35 miles south west of Krakow, in 1920.
Star Cityarrow Cabs losing appeal for poor condition
Due to the dilapidated conditions of cabs in the city caused by lack of proper maintenance, many commuters are preferring to revert to other forms of transportation.
 arrow No heed to 'Stick no bills' signboard
The supervising authorities of Mohakhali flyover put a signboard to prohibit sticking of posters on the flyover but due to lack of monitoring nobody pays heed to the request.
 arrow Digital traffic signal proves effective
The recently introduced digital traffic signal has proved effective in traffic management as city people are showing positive response to the system, observed the traffic division of Dhaka Metropolitan
 arrow Trouble in Monipur High School
Students of Monipur High School and their guardians are deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict between the present and past governing bodies of the school.
 arrow Tale of an orphan
Innocence was written all over her face with her big dark eyes telling a sad tale. When she lost her mother at the age of four, she was sent to an orphanage in Mohammadpur by her father.
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