Volume 5 Number 311 Mon. April 11, 2005    
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Front Pagearrow Reforms in EC must for free, fair elections
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for immediate reforms in the Election Commission (EC) to safeguard the electoral system and democracy.
 arrow JCD men run rampant at RU over VC panel
A section of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men yesterday went on the rampage at Rajshahi University leaving three teachers and some 10 students injured and the vice chancellor's office badly damaged.
  arrow Engine boat not under Akbar's jurisdiction
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday avoided responsibility for the trawler that capsized in Madaripur with 75 passengers on Saturday morning, saying the engine boat is not under the jurisdiction
  arrow Address graft to lure foreign investment in a bigger way
US Deputy Assistant Secretary John Anthony Gastright Jr yesterday urged for addressing the issue of corruption to encourage foreign investment in Bangladesh in a bigger way.
  arrow Beheaded child's body found in 3 pieces in Gazipur jungle
Police yesterday recovered the body in three pieces of the beheaded child from a jungle in Gazipur, a day after finding his severed head at Shahjahanpur in the capital.
  arrow Call for all-party talks on caretaker reforms
Convenor of the Jatiya Oikya Mancha Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday asked the government to invite all political parties to a roundtable on reforms of the caretaker government system and strengthening theElection
  arrow Ahmadiyyas seek govt protection
Leaders of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Munshiganj union in Shyamnagar upazila in the district yesterday have sought the administration's protection after receiving an eviction threat from the International
  arrow Cleanliness drive..

 arrow Shift 600 inmates to Kashimpur
Incidences of irregularities, disorder, and a thriving drug trade inside the Dhaka Central Jail has prompted a probe body to suggest shifting 600 inmates to the Kashimpur jail to stop such activities.
 arrow Faizee takes bench amid protests
Additional Judge of the High Court Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee took the bench yesterday, 160 days after he had stayed off the judicial work amid a boycott by a large section of Supreme Court lawyers.
 arrow JS body asks for list of power thieves
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the power ministry to send a list of the individuals, industries and organisations accused of power theft, a major reason for the financial losses of the state-owned
  arrow 2 killed, 30 hurt in road mishap
Two people were killed and about 30 others injured in a road accident at Nuritala in Chandina upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway last night.
 arrow 200 wounded as cops, workers clash at Savar
Some 200 people were wounded, 20 of them took bullets, as police clubbed and fired shots to quell a violent demonstration by the workers of a garment factory at Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Ward commissioner killed in 'crossfire'
A municipal ward commissioner was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices in Kushtia early yesterday while police in Chuadanga recovered body a former union parishad (UP) member.
 arrow DCC removes makeshift stalls, bus counters
By removing all the makeshift stalls and several bus ticket counters from the footpath of Tikatuli and Joy Kali Mandir area in the capital, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday started its 15-day
 arrow Nomination filing today
BNP led 4-party alliance and Awami League-backed Chittagong Nagorik Committee are staging huge showdowns as their mayoral candidates -- Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury will submit
 arrow IOJ splits as Mufti Izharul forms faction
Islami Oikyo Jote (IOJ), partner of the ruling four-party alliance, split formally yesterday with the formation of a faction led by Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury.
 arrow Prof Yunus to help BGMEA get duty-free access to US
Professor Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank, has agreed to facilitate the move of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in getting duty-free access tothe
 arrow Ctg Jubo League leader arrested
Kotwali police yesterday arrested Mashiur Rahman, general secretary of Chittagong city unit Jubo League, from his Kazi Nazrul Islam Road residence in Firingee Bazar of the port city.
 arrow Cairo seeks Dhaka's help for UN seat
Egypt sought Bangladesh's support to its candidature for a permanent member of the UN Security Council, saying that Cairo reflects the aspiration of African, Arab and Muslim world.
Businessarrow Govt to enact anti-dumping law
The government is going to enact an anti-dumping law in order to protect the interests of local industries, Chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) Khairuzzaman Chowdhury told a pre-budget discussion
 arrow Summit Power to go public soon to raise Tk 30cr
Summit Power Ltd (SPL), the first independent power producer (IPP) in Bangladesh, will go public soon to raise Tk 30 crore.
 arrow Inter-American Development Bank opens meet with Asia focus
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Latin America's main source of multilateral financing, on Sunday began its annual meeting in Japan with attention focused on global economic powerhouse China.
 arrow Dhaka seeks Chinese help in hybrid seed production
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar has sought stronger co-operation of China in technology transfer mechanism so that Bangladesh can develop parent line in hybrid seed production.
 arrow World's cheapest mobile phone service in India
Call tariffs of mobile phones in India are now the cheapest in the world with the rates falling by 35 percent in the last fiscal while the subscriber base swelled to 5.21 crore from 3.
 arrow First meet of Dhaka-Jakarta jt commission in August
The first meeting of Bangladesh-Indonesia Joint Commission will be held in Dhaka in August this year providing scopes for discussion on ways to reduce trade gap between the two countries.
 arrow Fair & Lovely Foundation to sponsor training for women
Fair & Lovely Foundation, a social welfare concern of Unilever Bangladesh, will offer assistance to Faria Lara Foundation for implementing a supplementary education programme for women in Barguna district.
 arrow Agrani Bank MD explores remittance business during KSA tour
Managing Director and CEO of Agrani Bank Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed has returned home recently from Saudi Arabia.
 arrow HSBC, Brac Concord Lands raise funds for autistic children
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd Bangladesh, and Brac Concord Lands Ltd have jointly raised Tk 1.
 arrow Emirates' engineering centre under construction
Emirates is constructing a new engineering centre beside Dubai International Airport to maintain the airline's aircraft.
 arrow China textile alarms rich, poor nations
The flood of Chinese exports following the end of the global textile trade quota system has set off protectionist alarms in the West and threatened the jobs of millions of workers in poorer countries.
 arrow ROK won’t diversify forex reserves
South Korea, Japan, China bank chiefs to meet in May South Korea's central bank will not diversify its huge foreign exchange reserves away from the dollar at present amid concern about the won's steep
Sportsarrow Football: BFF gets official home
A year after its completion, the BFF Bhaban finally became the official headquarters of Bangladesh's football yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: No Indian hopes for Shoaib
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's chances of joining the Pakistan cricket team on the India tour were smoked out after he missed a domestic limited-overs cricket match with illness.
 arrow Cricket: Smith approaches ton
Graeme Smith was eyeing his ninth Test hundred for South Africa, but the late wicket of Jacques Kallis left the second Test against West Indies delicately poised after the second day on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia lift title
Australia beat India by 98 runs in the final of the women's cricket World Cup, to win their fifth title in eight tournaments, here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricketers can train indoors in peace
At long last different national selections can train at a facility exclusively designed for cricketers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Cricket: PM hands over land deeds to two cricketers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday handed over the documents of two plots of 'khas' land in Mymensingh to two national cricketers in recognition of their contribution to the country's victory in the
 arrow Cricket: 7-up Quadry Happy Times' hero
Left-arm paceman Quadry's devastating seven-wicket haul powered Happy Times International to a 229-run victory over Nabakumar Institution in the Standard Char-tered Under-13 Young Tigers School Championship
 arrow Chess: Shekhar takes pole position
Indian Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly defeated his Bangladesh counterpart Ziaur Rahman in a battle of co-leaders in the seventh round to take solo lead in the United Insurance and Leasing Grand Master's
 arrow Football: Fighting Juve deny Fiorentina
Juventus coach Fabio Capello said fighting spirit was in his team's blood after they came from behind three times to earn a 3-3 draw away to Fiorentina.
 arrow Football: Bayern made to sweat
Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack was called a 'diver' in midweek but brushed off the criticism to produce an 84th minute winner as Bayern triumphed 2-1 over ten-man Borussia Monchengladbach Saturday
 arrow Football: MU's Norwich nightmare
Manchester United's dwindling English Premiership title hopes were finally extinguished with a shock 2-0 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Norwich on Saturday.
 arrow Handball: BDR, Police in Pepsi h'ball final
Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Police romped into the final of the Pepsi 17th National Men's Handball Championship at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Squash: Partex squash
Swapan Parvez of Bogra Cantonment Club clinched the Premier Division title in the Partex Open squash tournament when he defeated host Gulshan Club's Bishu Nath 3-2 in an exciting final yesterday.
 arrow Condolence meeting
Abahani will organise a condolence meeting today in memory of former national football captain Monem Munna and hockey secretary Zahidur Rahman Pushkin.
 arrow Football: Robinho closes in on Pele
Robinho's latest standout performance moved the international striker closer to Pele's all-time scoring record with Santos in the Copa Libertadores.
 arrow Football: Wenger feels Zidane will return
The pressure is growing on Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane to come out of international retirement and help France qualify for the 2006 World Cup, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
 arrow Cricket: Slow over-rate costs Sourav match fee
India captain Sourav Ganguly has been fined his entire match fee for the team's slow over rate in Saturday's third one-day international against Pakistan.
 arrow Hockey: Indo-Pak hockey series postponed
The three-match tsunami relief hockey series between Pakistan and India has been postponed, officials said on Sunday.
"The series has been postponed for reasons beyond our control.

 arrow Tennis: Lindsay in final
Top seed and defending champion Lindsay Davenport cruised past Russian seventh seed Nadia Petrova 6-0, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA claycourt tournament here.
Metropolitanarrow President asks DCs to perform duties impartially
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the Deputy Commissioners to perform their duties impartially following the laws and policies meticulously in order to establish rule of law.
 arrow No change in Biman fare
Despite a price hike in jet fuel by Tk 5 a litre from yesterday, Biman Bangladesh Airlines will not increase in its passenger fare in any route.
 arrow 'Ensure farmers' right to seed'
The first national seed conference will be held at the Bangladesh Institute of Management auditorium in the city today.
 arrow Charge-framing in Ctg arms haul case deferred
A court yesterday again deferred framing of charges in the Chittagong arms haul case after it granted a petition of Haji Yakub Ali, one of the prime accused, who sought time for giving his statement.
 arrow Sarker was implicated in case as part of conspiracy
The lawyers of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Nurul Islam Sarker, the prime suspect in the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case, yesterday said their client was implicated as part of a conspiracy
 arrow Guard shot dead, Tk 34,000 looted
A gang of armed robbers stormed a garments factory and looted Tk 34,000 after shooting a night guard dead at Godnyle Azim market in Siddhirganj, Narayanganj, in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 3 die in road accidents
Three persons died and another injured in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Pak NDC team meets army chief
The delegation of National Defence College (NDC) of Pakistan, led by Brigadier Mohammad Aslam, called on Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Hasan Mashhud Chow-dhury at the Army Headquarters here yesterday.
 arrow HC stays orders on CCC secy
The High Court (HC) yesterday served a rule on the government ordering it to explain why the transfer, stand-release and suspension orders on Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Secretary Mostafa Kamalshould
 arrow 10-day agitation begins in Sylhet
Dakshin Chhatak Unnayan Parishad began a 10-day agitation yesterday to protest the death of an expatriate Bangladeshi due to alleged wrong treatment by an intern at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College
 arrow Implementation of STP for greater Dhaka begins Oct
The government has decided to implement the "Strategic Transport Planning" in six greater Dhaka districts, including the capital, from October.
 arrow Decision to enhance fee withdrawn
The government withdrew its decision for a hike in tuition fees for post graduation courses following the protest and agitation by the doctors under the Post Graduation Doctors Association (PGDA).
 arrow Justice BB Roy passes away
Justice Bimalendu Bikash Roy Chowdhury, a former advisor to a caretaker government, passed away at a hospital in Kolkata yesterday at the age of 70.
Nationalarrow Strike hits problem-plagued Dinajpur Medical College
Classes were not held and administrative activities remained suspended yesterday at Dinajpur Medical College.
 arrow Ahmadiyyas in Satkhira seek govt protection
Leaders of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Munshiganj union in Shyamnagar upazila in the district yesterday sought administration's protection in view of the eviction threat by the International Khatame Nabuat
 arrow Joint strategy suggested to develop coastal areas
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday called for joint efforts by the government, NGOs, professional bodies and socio-cultural and political organisations to prepare a 'sustainable resource management
 arrow BDR on alert in Dinajpur
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is on alert along the 132 kilometre border in northern districts including Dinajpur following several push-in bids by BSF in the last few days.
 arrow Classes hampered as JU teachers busy in campaign
Most of the classes were not held at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday as teachers linked with political parties were busy in campaigning for election of university bodies.
Point-Counterpointarrow The 13th amendment and Bangladesh politics
Do we again, as we have done in the past,Ędismiss Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry's "strong concern over the recent wave of political terrorism in Bangladesh" as inconsequential? Do we again, as we
 arrow They deserve to be happy
I was recently watching with keen interest a talk show regarding the marriage of Charles and Camilla.
Culturearrow Geetanjali presents sweet songs of spring
"The branches of the wayside trees were aching with blossom.
Gay notes of the flute came floating in the warm spring air from afar.
The citizens had gone to the woods, to the festival of flowers.

 arrow In quest of peace and harmony
SM Shamim, whose exhibition began at Shilpangan on April 8, has won many accolades from his teachers such as Mahmudul Haque and Md. Younus.
 arrow Bengal Foundation to celebrate Baishakhi
The celebration of Baishakhi is an integral part of the Bangalee culture. Needless to mention, Baishakhi is commemorated with gusto by the Dhakaiites.
 arrow Colours of Life
Spring is synonymous with colour.
Internationalarrow Israel seals off Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
Israeli police sealed off a Jerusalem shrine yesterday to foil a march by ultranationalist Jews which Palestinian militants had warned could scupper their ceasefire.
 arrow Anti-Japan rallies rock China cities
Up to 20,000 anti-Japanese protesters took to the streets of two southern Chinese cities yesterday, as Japan demanded an apology for a violent rally outside its embassy in Beijing the previous day.
 arrow Maoists attack prison in Nepal: 2 cops killed
Two policemen were killed when Nepalese Maoist rebels attacked a prison east of the capital and freed 33 prisoners including 15 rebels, a district official said yesterday.
 arrow Iran will never give up uranium enrichment
Iran will not abandon uranium enrichment, despite its negotiations with the European Union on its nuclear program, a senior official said yesterday.
 arrow Britons want William to be next king
Prince Charles' wedding to longtime lover Camilla Parker Bowles may have been a success -- but three polls yesterday showed the British want his son William to be the next monarch.
 arrow Moves in Lanka to salvage peace bid
Tension has escalated in Sri Lanka's restive northeast even as peace broker Norway was set to launch a fresh attempt to keep the two sides engaged in talks, officials and diplomats said yesterday.
 arrow 'Tareq Aziz will never testify against Saddam at trial'
A former top minister in Saddam Hussein's cabinet, Tareq Aziz, will never testify against the ex-Iraqi president when he goes on trial in Baghdad along with other members of the toppled regime, his lawyer
 arrow Maoists kill 2 politicians in Andhra
Maoist rebels in southern India have shot dead two politicians including an official of the ruling Congress party, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's tough stance
We welcome the Prime Minister's directive to go the whole hog against the illegal land grabbers to free large tracts of public and private lands from their control.
 arrow Editorial: DCC drive encouraging
We welcome the special 15-day long cleanliness drive Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has launched since Saturday to cleanse the city of its garbage spilling over to the streets and their nooks and crannies.
 arrow Palestinian State: Unpredictable as ever
The slightest of pretexts is good enough for Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to shelve the peace initiative painstakingly carried forward to a point of fruition.
 arrow Savage contest over colonial crumbs
Bangladesh, in fact, the whole world knew little about the Ituri region of Congo till the brutal ambush that killed nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers. This is the second UN tragedy in Congo.
 arrow Retrieving the country's image : Adroit handling needed
Like many other least developed countries Bangladesh is beset with serious social, political and economic problems.
Letters to Editorarrow The recognition story
Before Bangabandhu's return to Dhaka on 10 January 1972, only India and Bhutan had recognised Bangladesh in December 1971. On his return, country after country accorded recognition to Dhaka.
 arrow VAT on restaurants
Recently, owners of exclusive restaurants (Chinese, Indian etc) are having hard time due to economic recession. Restaurants are playing a big role in giving jobs to the unemployed youths.
 arrow Timeless (!) fairness cream
She was a girl with not-so-fair complexion. Her whole life was miserable.
 arrow Use coal
Bangladesh has abundant coal reserves for a long time for use as energy for many decades. But we are going slow. One reason is the entrenched idea that coal pollutes the environment.
 arrow It happens in Bangladesh only
I was surprised reading (and also seeing the picture) in your newspaper this morning (March 28) that the Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to equip Rab with armoured vehicles.
 arrow Rab or ROB?
It's interesting, Mr. S.A.
 arrow On a TV serial
I am writing to you to express my grave concern over the serial '69'. I wept watching 'Nal Piran' by Mr.
 arrow Slice wise power foolish
This is a sequel to Farid Bakht's article (DS: April 02) and a front page report (DS: April 04) on the vagaries of investment in power proposals.
 arrow Well done, BTTB
On March 31, BTTB commercially launched GSM mobile phone through a private company, Teletalk. It has launched pre-paid sim card with a very cheap rate.
 arrow What to expect?
The finding by Dr. Abdul Barakat, that 75% of our MPs spent Tk 128 crore to get elected astounded me.
 arrow Powerless in the power sector!
The Daily Star of March 29 is full of news on use, misuse, non-use, and waste of power, time, energy, money and patience.
Star Cityarrow Shopping centres ignore captive power request
The city's supermarkets and shopping malls are continuing to use government-supplied power despite the request from the authorities to depend on generators during peak hours.
 arrow Vendors choke college entrance, make footpath a mini-mart
Students of Eden Girls' College are facing problems entering and walking out of the college premises as hawkers have encroached the footpath along the college premises.
 arrow BIWTA introduces long-route launch services on circular waterways
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) introduces long-route launch services from Gabtoli landing station today to make the circular waterways popular.
 arrow Renovations to Central Public Library progressing at snail's pace
The renovations to the Central Public Library is progressing at a snail's pace due to bureaucratic tangles in the Public Works Department (PWD), sources said.
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